Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Singing My Way to Social Justice

In this presentation Karan Casey is interrogating the performance of social justice, and how her ideals are performed, as an Irish woman, as a social activist, as a traditional and a folk singer and as a cultural voice.

Having a twenty-five year career as an Irish singer Karan will be emphasising the voice of the professional artist and how her power as an active agent and participant in this setting gets to the heart of social responsibilities that are important to her. Karan will be investigating some of her song choices to see if they contribute to a discussion of social justice and how this is demonstrated performatively and through the text. Karan Casey has long been one of the most innovative, provocative and influential voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Singing songs charged with a sense of social responsibility in a career spanning over 25 years, Karan has released 6 solo albums as well as an album for children, a duet album with John Doyle and numerous contributions to other artists' projects. She has toured throughout North America, Europe and Japan, performing with her own band as well as collaborating with such diverse musicians as James Taylor, Bela Fleck, Boston Pops Orchestra, Liam Clancy, The Chieftains, The Dubliners, Peggy Seeger, Mick Flannery, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Tim O’Brien, Solas and Lúnasa. Karan was Traditional Artist in Residence at University College Cork in 2016/17.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Date:
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: O Riada Hall, Department of Music, Sunday's Well Road
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Celena O'Brien
021 4904530
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