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The life of social reformer Mary Ann McCracken illuminated in folk song

This event is part of the John Hewitt International Summer Scheme 2022

A musical narrative telling the life story of Mary Ann McCracken, social reformer and unsung heroine of the 1798 Rising.

Local folk-singers and broadcasters, Jane Cassidy and Maurice Leyden, present a dramatic account of Mary Ann’s life and times, weaving letters and historical detail with related folk-songs, bringing both to life. Accomplished singers and broadcasters, Jane and Maurice narrate, sing, play guitar and keyboard.

First performed at the Belfast Folk Festival in the 1980s, the play was such a success that Jane and Maurice have been performing it regularly in arts venues ever since, such is the appeal of Mary Ann’s story and the beautiful folk songs which illuminate it.

Thursday July 28, 2022

Doors open 8.30pm | £12.00

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