Each rebel song was preceded by a brief video evoking the memory of one of the executed signatories of the 1916 Proclamation. Aoife’s enchanting voice was then set to haunting music. World renowned uilleann piper Ronan Browne was one of the musicians who accompanied Aoife on stage. Her set list included well known songs ‘A Nation Once Again’, ‘Óró Sé do Bheatha Bhaile’ and ‘The Minstrel Boy’. Aoife’s success in transfixing her audience was aided by her effortless ability to sing in both Irish and English.
Aoife delighted an almost full theatre by also singing songs from her debut album ‘Carry the Day’. The audience showed their appreciation for Aoife’s talent by enthusiastically singing along to the chorus of ‘All Along the Wild Atlantic Way’. Anecdotes about her work on TG4’s Seachtar na Cásca and her exciting decision to embark on a career in music served to endear her further to those present. Incredible musical talent, artistic passion and an affable nature place Aoife Scott firmly in the realm of rising star.
Support was provided by singers and musicians from St. Mary’s. Traditional music players entertained as the audience was being seated. MC for the night was Christian O’Connor, history teacher. The concert was opened by the junior choir who performed ‘The West’s Awake’. Eimear Keane, first year, sang ‘The Foggy Dew’. Philippa Maguire, third year, sang ‘She Moved Through the Fair’. The standout support performance came from Kate Hickey, third year, who sang ‘Children of ‘16’. Kate was joined by her younger sister Erin, first year, for a beautiful rendition of ‘Grace’. Erin, singing solo, got the crowd buzzing with her performance of ‘Irish Ways and Irish Laws’. The support acts were prepared by music teachers Maura McAuliffe and Sarah Finn.
The songs of rebellion as performed by Aoife Scott and supported by St. Mary’s music students succeeded in soaring the hearts of those present with patriotic pride. To this end, the concert was a huge success!