The Women, We Will Rise is a theatrical song cycle asking questions about the women of Ireland, past, present and future. Presented by folk-singer Karan Casey and director Tom Creed in conjunction with The Everyman and Cork Folk Festival, this new project progresses the female narrative in the folk tradition, placing women centre stage and sharing through song the experiences of gallant women from Ireland’s past, whilst singing into being a vision for the women of the future.
Foregrounding the experiences and nuances of women’s lives from the revolutionary period, Karan has written songs about her own great grandmother Agnes Ryan of the hotel, a mother of 12 children and a Cumann na mBan member, and other figures from the era, such as Kathleen Clarke from Limerick and Countess Markievicz, as well as addressing women in contemporary Ireland. Keeping an eye on things, as always, is the legendary figure from Irish folklore an Chailleach.
ABOUT KARAN CASEY
“The healing powers of female friendship are at the heart of this powerful new collection from Karan Casey. Her 12th album speaks of an artist in her prime: in full possession of her expressive powers and using them to shine a light on the many inequities that blight women’s lives.” – Siobhán Long, Irish Times
“Casey is, of course, one of the great singers in Irish music and this new album is filled with utterly gorgeous original songs that show she is an artist still at the top of the game. Nine Apples of Gold is a hard hitting, take no prisoners sort of album. The music is gorgeous and it speaks directly and supportively on a range of issues that I think will resonate very strongly with many. Nine Apples is made of gutsy stuff and I dig it. You will too.” – Irish Echo
“Casey’s voice is among the loveliest in folk music and she’s a wonderful interpreter of both contemporary and traditional material.” – Boston Globe
“Karan Casey’s latest album is revelatory. She’s always been a singer of songs that tell a story and show their muscle…This is a strikingly three-dimensional work that stands the test of intensive and repeated listening with ease. A vivid and dazzling snapshot of Casey invincible, at the height of her powers.” – Siobhán Long, Irish Times