Monday, June 22, 2020

The popular contemporary music and dance experience ‘Fainne Oir’ is back in virtual form with over 70 musicians, dancers and vocalists teaming up for a unique socially distanced collaboration.

‘Fáinne Oir’ tells the story of an Irish family living in the townland of Glanageeha in West Mayo during the Famine Years of 1845-1848. Parents Sean and Maire O’Malley and their five daughters Saoirse, Maire, Aine, Nora and Brid work in community with their neighbours, surviving mainly off the life-giving potato crop. ‘Fáinne Oir’ is also a story of young love between Saoirse, the oldest daughter, and farmhand Diarmuid, who works late into the evenings to be with her.

The production, composed by Belcarra-native Kathy Fahey, premiered in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar last September to a sold-out crowd and later wowed audiences across the pond in New York.

Watch the incredible performance of the Reprise from ‘Fainne Oir’ below, featuring performances from musicians, dancers and vocalists below.

Fainne Oir Reprise from Western People on Vimeo.

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