American Labor Songs & Irish Revolutionary Songs

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 8:30pm
Jalopy Theatre, 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY

January 31st, 2014 8:30 PM
Co-sponsored with the Jalopy Theatre
American Labor Songs & Irish Revolutionary Songs
Eli Smith and Peter K. Siegel perform songs of the American Labor Movement from their new CD: The Union Makes Us Strong
8:30 pm

The Irish revolutionary songs of James Connolly - Irish songwriter, poet and revolutionary from 100 years ago, as sung by Mat Callahan (with Yvonne Moore), who has done a wonderful new album of this material, and released a book
9:30 pm

About James Connolly:
James Connolly (1868–1916) was an Irish republican and socialist leader. He was executed by a British firing squad because of his leadership role in the Easter Rising of 1916. Connolly was the author of many books and articles, becoming one of the leading revolutionary theorists of his time. At the head of the Irish Citizen Army, Connolly's vision and determination proved decisive in launching the rising which proclaimed the Irish Republic from the steps of Dublin's General Post Office. This set in motion the sequence of events that would unleash the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921). While this did lead to 26 of Ireland's 32 counties becoming independent of the United Kingdom, it left unresolved the question of Irish sovereignty over the entirety of the island. Indeed, it left unresolved the very conflicts Connolly presciently warned against when he wrote: "If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin castle, unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you."

About Mat Callahan:
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. He currently resides in Bern, Switzerland.

Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
United States