Galway singer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Tyrrell performs a special concert on Wednesday, September 16, as part of the Gaelic Roots Music, Song and Dance series at Boston College.
Tyrrell's concert is entitled "Message of Peace: Songs and Poetry of John Boyle O'Reilly," and takes place at the Connolly House (photo above) , 300 Hammond Street in Chestnut Hill, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
O'Reilly (1844-1890) was an extraordinary Irish leader in the 19th century who escaped from a British penal colony in Austrailia and made his way to Boston. Starting as a journalist, he became publisher of The Pilot newspaper and was a well-regarded poet, essayist, public speaker and advocate for the downtrodden.
Using elements of O'Reilly's life story as well as his lyrics and verse, Tyrrell has put together an inspiring show that resurrects one of the great Irish leaders of the 19th century for modern audiences to appreciate.
The Gaelic Roots Music, Song and Dance program at BC was created by master fiddle player Seamus Connolly. For a full schedule of events this fall, visit http://www.bc.edu/centers/irish/gaelicroots