The Irish were among the very first settlers in America, a few as adventurers, most as servants, some as parolees. They brought their music. Soon, Irish came in larger numbers, Protestants looking for religious freedom and escape from British intolerance. They brought their music.
Then Irish came in hoards, Catholics, unlettered, unwashed, and unwanted, challenging the very fabric of a still young America. They brought their music. The Irish continued to come, single women and men seeking a new life in America. And they brought their music. Despite hardship and discrimination, they would thrive in America; and write their music.
Come hear the story of the Irish in American and the Ireland they left behind as told through their music.
Henry McNally, MA, Fordham, Irish historian, recipient of the 2019 eoin McKiernan Award
Hank will present an overview of Irish immigration to America, noting the differing challenges faced across almost 400 years.
The Cook College Ramblers
Following lunch these talented musicians will offer an understanding and appreciation for the sorrows, joys, adventure, despair, and triumph inherent in the immigrant story through the power of their music. Hank will add commentary on the songs but most importantly, participants will add their own voice in enthusiastic participation!