This event celebrates the life and work of James Connolly, the Irish revolutionary socialist martyred by the British for his role in the Easter Rising of 1916, & a new book & CD of his work, "The Songs of Freedom," published in 2013 by PM Press. Unseen for a century, the songbook republication is of considerable historical significance. The Songs of Freedom CD brings renewed vigor to the vision and spirit of James Connolly. All songs were arranged and performed by a large band assembled under the direction of Mat Callahan. Inspired by Connolly, this album's stellar cast deliver a stirring tribute to the ideals for which he fought and died. Mat Callahan will discuss the significance of Connolly, and Mat and Yvonne Moore will play selected songs from the album.
Mat Callahan is a musician and author originally from San Francisco, where he founded Komotion International. He is the author of three books, Sex, Death & the Angry Young Man, Testimony, and The Trouble With Music. His most recent project is the The James Connolly Songs Of Freedom Book, Band, and CD. He currently resides in Bern, Switzerland. http://www.matcallahan.com
Yvonne Moore is an internationally recognized vocalist, musician, and activist. She has over eight albums and has worked with and toured the globe with an impressive array of musicians. Yvonne is the main vocalist for the The James Connolly Songs Of Freedom Band. http://www.yvonne-moore.ch/