“I don’t usually write fan mail, but I was tremendously moved by your performance and the organization of the I am Ireland presentation on PBS, which purely by hazard I found on PBS this morning while getting ready for an appointment, which I cancelled to see the complete performance. My family left Ireland and 1847, traveling first to New Zealand and then arriving in Boston in 1876, after conscription in New Zealand. I never knew the details of their life in Ireland prior to migration, just that things had been very bad and they were so happy to have come to America. What a light you have given on the events and trials of the Irish people in Ireland and gaining their independence. I guess I just thought that there was always and Ireland and crops had been bad in 1847. What an awakening this has brought to me and my family. Please keep up the good work. ” - Randolph Linehan, Rancho Mirage CA
Overview of the show:
To honor the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising in Ireland, celebrated Irish tenor Paddy Homan will present "I Am Ireland," a one-man show to take American audiences on a journey through the songs, speeches and images of the time to honor and celebrate the Irish road to freedom. Produced by Michael Londra's theatrical production company, Wexfordhouse, "I Am Ireland" is a personal conversation about the songs of Ireland that inspired all those who came before 1916 to continue on that great journey to reclaim Ireland's independence. Homan, the renowned Chicago singer, has a strong history with the songs: "These songs and speeches give the narrative of Ireland's road to independence during that period. To fully appreciate what took place in 1916, one has to look back at the totality of everything that happened up to that point. I believe that songs are the best way to tell the story. As an Irishman, I am only the messenger here. But it is my true honor to represent my country in doing this and to walk in the emotional footsteps of those who sacrificed so much for me and our land." Presented in two acts with images projected to bring to life the faces of the great statesmen and pictures of the time, Homan performs with a three-piece band of the finest Irish traditional musicians in North America. They bring the songs to life, they weave through the words of statesmen, and they celebrate the glory of Irish music, the glory of the Irish nation.