The inimitable Richard Cooke. Picture: Andy Jay
The Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2016
Lunchtime Song & Music Concert
Maldron Hotel, Shandon.
Thursday, July 28th, 1-2pm
Concert with the best of Cork talent
Richard T. Cooke MC
Muddy Lee & Shandon Street Shawlies Choir.
Clann Chorcai members:
Aoife Delaney (Young Mother Jones, Singer, Actor)
Joan Goggin (Singer, Poet, Actor)
Eadaoin Delaney (Singer, Musician, Poet, Actor)
NICHE: Sing Your Heart Out Group members:
(singers) Rose Broderick, Eileen White, Nuala Panek, David McGrath,
John Lane,Michael Dineen
Frances O’ Sullivan (Traditional Singer, Cork Rokk Choir)
See you there
The Mother Jones Gala Concert will once again be one of the highlights of the music programme of the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival and will take place at the Firkin Crane theatre in Cork’s historic Shandon area on Wednesday, 30th July 2014, beginning at 9.00pm after a full day of film, lectures and debate. Once again the inimitable Richard T.Cooke will be the MC for the concert and we can expect a few songs and plenty of banter from Richard who is one of the “unsung” heroes of the festival. The full line-out for the gala concert is as follows:
Richard T. Cooke, singer, song-writer, historian and raconteur
Richard T. Cooke, troubadour, radio pressenter, etc, etc. The Cork Rokk Choir will serenade us with songs from the Mother Jones era. Kieran McCarthy, Tenor, will perform contemporary songs accompanied by the Cork Rokk Choir. The Cork Shakespearing Company, who are currently celebrating 90 years of Hollywood stage productions, will perform a Mother Jones monologue. Aoife Delaney, Actor / Singer – will perform a young Mary Harris (Mother Jones). Muddy Lee and the Cork Shawlies – will perform their No.1 Cork song entitled “Up the Coal Quay”. To finish off an exciting evening of music and performance the Mother Jones Ceili Band will give a concert at the nearby Maldron Hotel, commencing at 10.30pm. Our thanks to Richard T. Cooke, William Hammond and all concerned.
Aoife Delaney as a young Mary Harris at the launch of the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival at the Maldron. Aoife will appear at the Mother Jones Gala Concert at 9pm at the Firkin Crane on Wednesday 30th July.
Richard Cooke of the Cork Mother Jones festival committee with Eileen O’Keeffe of the Cork Rokk Choir at the press launch
A Press Launch to announce the lineup for the 2014 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival was held at the Maldron Hotel, Shandon on Thursday, 26th June. The launch was attended by members of the Cork Mother Jones committee and by some of the local groups and individuals who will be speaking or performing at the festival which takes place in the Shandon area from 29th July to 1st August this year.
The local media were well represented and continued to take a keen interest in the festival. The launch included a number of live performances which set the scene for what promises to be a very full and interesting festival.
Richard T. Cooke and Jim McCarthy performing Richard’s new composition “Mother Jones, a True Cork Rebel”, recorded at the launch of the Mother Jones Exhibition at the Firkin Crane centre in Shandon, Cork on 1st August 2012 – the 175th anniversary of the baptism of Mary Harris / Mother Jones at the nearby North Cathedral.