Songs of Freedom: The Music of James Connolly

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 4th, 7pm
WHERE: Rochester Regional Joint Board Union Hall, 750 East Ave, Rochester, NY

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Songs of Freedom is a celebration of the life and work of James Connolly, the Irish labor organizer and revolutionary martyred by the British government for his role in one of the most dramatic events in Ireland’s anticolonial history – the Easter Rising of 1916. Join us to hear Mat Callahan, the editor of Songs of Freedom, and Yvonne Moore perform pieces from James Connolly’s original songbook and discuss the life and work of one of Ireland’s greatest revolutionary heroes.

Songs of Freedom is the name of the songbook edited by James Connolly and published in 1907. This book is at once a collection of stirring revolutionary songs and a vital historical document.

“Until the movement is marked by the joyous, defiant singing of revolutionary songs, it lacks one of the most distinctive marks of a popular revolutionary movement, it is the dogma of a few and not the faith of the multitude.”
– James Connolly