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Redemption Falls

Freely adapted from the novel by Joseph O'Connor.

World Premiere July 2019 as part of the Galway International Arts Festival, then tours to The Abbey Peacock stage as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival, October 2019

"Every last one of us got our own tune inside. If you stay real quiet you can hear it. Listen..."

A bleak and beautiful story, told through the folk music of Ireland and America.

1865 - the end of the US Civil War. Eliza Duane Mooney, daughter of an Irish emigrant, walks across America in search of her brother Jeddo, a child soldier in the Confederate army. As Eliza and Jeddo's stories unfold, they shine a light on the stark realities of war, its invisible rise, and what is left in its wake.

Moonfish Theatre follow their acclaimed adaptation of Joseph O'Connor's novel Star of the Sea with a unique re-imagining of O'Connor's sequel, Redemption Falls. Presented as a theatre-gig, Redemption Falls weaves traditional folk song and music, visceral imagery and evocative storytelling in a breathtaking and intense theatrical experience.

Tickets can be booked here

Our musical inspirations

TRACK LIST

FIRST HALF

  1. Bright Morning Stars Trad. American
    Arranged by: Pat Hargan & Moonfish Ensemble
  2. Long Time Travelling Trad. American
    Arranged by: Moonfish Ensemble
  3. Minstrel Boy words: Thomas Moore, Tune: Trad. Irish
    Arranged by: Morgan Cooke & Moonfish Ensemble
  4. Ballad of Redemption Falls, Part 1 Words: Moonfish Ensemble
    Tune: Trad. American, Arranged by: Pat Hargan
  5. Uncle Rat / Froggy Went a Courtin’/ Con O’Keefe Arranged: by Ensemble
    1. Uncle Rat Trad. Irish
    2. Froggy Went a Courtin’ Trad. American
    3. Con O’Keefe Tune: Revenge for Skibereen / Morgan Cooke
      Words: Joseph O’Connor / Grace Kiely
  6. Motherless Child Trad. African American Spiritual
  7. I wish, I wish Trad. English
    Words by Máiréad Ní Chróinín / Joseph O’Connor
    Arranged by: Grace Kiely & Pat Hargan
  8. Heart’s Fire Composed by Grace Kiely
    Words: Grace Kiely / Joseph O’Connor
    Arranged by: Ensemble

SECOND HALF

  1. Eliza in Chains Tune: Pretty Polly (Trad. American)
    Lyrics: Ionia Ní Chróinín / Joseph O’Connor
    Arranged by: Ensemble. Harmonies by Grace Kiely
  2. Susan lick the ladle Tune: Trad. American Arranged by: Ensemble
  3. Devil at the Crossroads Composed & written by Ionia Ní Chróinín
    Arranged by: Ensemble
  4. Vengeance is Mine Composed & written by Pat Hargan
    Arranged by: Ensemble
  5. My Dear Companion © Composed & written by Jean Ritchie. Harmonies by Grace Kiely
  6. Ballad of Redemption Falls, part 2 Tune: Trad. American
    Words: Pat Hargan & Grace Kiely
    Arranged by: Pat Hargan
  7. Nottamun Town Trad. English & American
    Arranged by: Morgan Cooke
  8. Here in the vineyard (of this world) Tune: Sacred Harp Hymn
    Words: Grace Kiely / Joseph O’Connor
    Arranged by: Morgan Cooke / Ensemble
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Dates & Location

  1. Wed 9th October, The Abbey, Peacock stage, Dublin
  2. Thurs 10th October, The Abbey, Peacock stage, Dublin
  3. Fri 11th October, The Abbey, Peacock stage, Dublin
  4. Sat 12th October, The Abbey, Peacock stage, Dublin
  5. Mon 14th October, The Abbey, Peacock stage, Dublin
  6. Tues 15th October, The Abbey, Peacock stage, Dublin
  7. Weds 16th October, The Abbey, Peacock stage, Dublin
  8. Thurs 17th October, The Abbey, Peacock stage, Dublin
  9. Fri 18th October, The Abbey, Peacock stage, Dublin
  10. Sat 19th October, The Abbey, Peacock stage, Dublin