Laverty lets Irish roots show in SSO’s Night in Dublin
Like so many of us, singer songwriter Eileen Laverty has spent a lot of time this year thinking about family and home.
“Music has always connected me to my family in Ireland. It was their push that got me started performing in the first place,” says Laverty. “I helped my cousin propose in a performance, my granny Laverty and my uncle Jack were the first to hear Mary Black sing one of my songs and cheer me on. The combination of music and family have created extraordinary circumstances in my life and the songs hold really wonderful memories.”
Laverty will share her memories, favourite traditional songs and original tunes in the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra’s Night in Dublin. live stream. The SSO performance will also feature Celtic fiddler Kim deLaforest and guest conductor Paul Suchan. The program will feature traditional Irish music including favorites Molly Malone, the Cliffs of Moher and Danny Boy.
Saskatoon fiddler Kim deLaforest will be celebrating Celtic music alongside Laverty and the SSO. (Maki Fotos)
Of course, there is the obvious St. Patrick’s Day connection, but both Laverty and deLaforest say Celtic music is about more than a green beer and a crowded pub.
“If you picture a little Irish pub, everyone knows everyone, and they are all singing together. That’s the kind of feel this show will bring to the audience. It’s a joy we’re all missing right now.”
“Celtic music, for me, is always about togetherness, camaraderie,” says deLaforest. “This music is every emotion. If you picture a little Irish pub, everyone knows everyone, and they are all singing together. That’s the kind of feel this show will bring to the audience. It’s a joy we’re all missing right now.” Laverty agrees.
“We’ve come through a long winter, especially this year. St. Patrick’s Day has always signified the start of something new for me,” says Laverty. “This music is about place, people and a history that celebrates living in the moment.”