- 01 Jun 23
Celebrating the life of Philip Chevron ten years after his passing, Sarah Lundberg Summer School is hosting a free event this June at Sean O'Casey Theatre: Say A Song: The Words & Music of Philip Chevron
Known for his work as a part of Radiators From Space and The Pogues, Irish music legend Philip Chevron passed away back in 2013 after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Openly out and a fervent supporter of LGBT+ rights, Chevron wrote 'Under Clery's Clock,' an anti-homophobia song first performed at an AIDS benefit in Dublin back in 1987. Other iconic works from the Irish singer-songwriter include 'Thousands are Sailing,' 'Faithful Departed,' and 'Kitty Rickets.'
Now, in his memory and as a celebration of his work ten years after his death, this pride month the Sarah Lundberg Summer School of 2023 and Sean O'Casey Theatre will host Say A Song: The Words & Music of Philip Chevron will on Saturday, June 24th from 12:30 to 17:30.
A free event, it will include a light lunch with refreshments. Registration can be made online. While a full list of participants has yet to be confirmed, friends, family, band mates and collaborators have been confirmed to contribute to the afternoon event as people explore "the many aspects of Philip Chevron" and, consequently, Dublin's musical history.
“Did the old songs taunt or cheer you ?
or did they still make you cry ?”
The Seán O'Casey Theatre is honoured to host this celebration.https://t.co/4GQn5DCZRs@buddyholidai @rayrightnow @StephenRapid @TroublePilgrims @niallmcg @hotpress @davefanning @poetryireland @GCNmag pic.twitter.com/Ftm0JnWcuf
— Seán O’Casey Festival (@FestivalSean) June 1, 2023
As a part of that exploration, there will be special guests, like some former band-mates, rare recordings, a photo exhibit, and some of Philip's memorabilia on display.
An artist of extreme cultural significance whose work influenced Ireland's history, examining his works now reveals a deep dive into diverse and heavy topics, including "the legacy of emigration and the hostile climate towards the LGBT community in 1970's Ireland."
Understanding his works' modern relevance, the Sarah Lundberg Summer School is also putting forth a recommendation to include Chevron's lyrics in the secondary school English curriculum.
Presented by the East Wall History Group, Alternative Visions Oral History Project and We Shall Overcome-Dublin, the Sarah Lundberg Summer School is an event the Sean O'Casey Theatre hosts yearly in honour of the historian and poet Sarah Lundberg. In the past, the Summer Schools have dedicated their time to educating people about pirate radio, Ireland and the 18th century slave trade, and the legacy of Dr Kathleen Lynn.
Reserve a spot at Say A Song: The Words & Music of Philip Chevron here:
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