From Byrnestown : song cycle on poems of Anna MacManus (aka Ethna Carbery)
by Stephen Cronin (2009)
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From Byrnestown is a staged performance of the song cycle of settings of poems by Irish poet, Anna MacManus. The songs amplify the story of a little-known story of Queensland settlement in the 1890s.
In 1893 forty Irish settlers were given a parcel of land to support a cooperative settlement. Brimming with utopian optimism, courage and a small amount of financial support from the Queensland government they ventured to a place so unlike Ireland.
"From Byrnestown" is based on contemporary newspaper reports, letters from the settlers themselves, reports from the Queensland State Archives and poems by Irish nationalist Anna MacManus. Stephen Cronin's great grandparents were founding settlers at Byrnestown.
Instrumentation: Soprano, audio and video projection.
Contents note: Slainte na H'Eireann (Health of Ireland) -- The wonder music -- Our road -- My prayer -- Mo bhuachaill cael-dubh (My black slender boy) -- After -- I-breasil.
Performances of this work
11 Sep 2009: at From Byrnestown (Ian Hanger Recital Hall).