Pub Opens at 11:30am // Special Event from 12:00-2:30pm // Donations requested (no one turned away for lack of funds) // All-Ages Welcome // ADA Accessible
Mat Callahan and The James Connolly Songs of Freedom Band perform music from the new PM Press CD and Songbook.
“My grand aunt Nora Connolly, in her book We Shall Rise Again, said of rebel songs: ‘For more may be remembered of a country’s history and treasured deep in the heart of a people through a song or a poem than through the pages of a history book’—how true. It was Nora who taught singers her father’s songs. ‘After 1916,’ she said, ‘I never did any more singing’—how sad. Now with this project and through the great talent and commitment of all involved we can hear Nora sing again.” —James Connolly Heron, great-grandson of James Connolly and author of The Words of James Connolly
From the rollicking welcome of “A Festive Song” to the defiant battle cry of “Watchword of Labor,” Songs of Freedom accomplishes the difficult task of making contemporary music out of old revolutionary songs. Far from the archival preservation of embalmed corpses, the inspired performance of a rocking band turns the timeless lyrics of James Connolly into timely manifestos for today’s young rebels. As Connolly himself repeatedly urged, nothing can replace the power of music to raise the fighting spirit of the oppressed.