Music and Concerts

Let the poets sing!

In concert: 2014

Ben Kettlewell and Mairéid Sullivan present an intimate concert with a difference: Their unique talents seamlessly blend the Celtic forest and the American prairie with the ancient dreamtime landscape of their Australian home.

Let the poets sing! calls for celebration and reflection on the fact that despite the sorrow associated with forced migration and the enclosure of the global commons, we are all still on the majestic journey of the soul through time. A common thread has been woven throughout the world by all ancient peoples: The wisdom of our ancestors is still with us and in rediscovering it we fulfill our 'wholeness'.

Mairéid and Ben open portals to our shared 'heritage of joy' through the celebration of living heritage in songs, poetry, and stories, set against a backdrop of film footage from their journeys across Ireland, North America, and Australia.

Concert reviews:
Maireid Sullivan sang a program of poetic originals and traditional gems with the ethereal voice and serene presence of a Celtic priestess...remarkable...evocative....
Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times,  California

Maireid Sullivan is a poet and her voice is magic.
Marilyn Ferguson, Brain/Mind Bulletin, California
(Author of the Aquarian Conspiracy)

“When you listen to Mairéid sing, you get the feeling that she dips into the well, as it were, to bring you back clear water. You take this gift and feel refreshed. There’s no doubt that the well she goes to lies deep within the Celtic lands, where she was born. The voice of ages comes to you, through her; pure and honest, adorned with her own distinctive timbre and delivery. It must have been, one day, on her way to that secret well that she met her magical accompanist, the guitarist Ben Kettlewell, a fellow traveller, also imbibing from the source. A man with musicality in his very blood, Ben Kettlewell plays with great sensitivity and brings an almost devotional quality to his accompaniments."
Saul Roche, celebrated Irish writer, songwriter/poet

Stage Managers click here to download technical requirements PDF

Film screening: DVD player, DVD projector, full size film screen
Concert: concert sound system, three microphones (two/w boomstands), two stereo DI boxes, two stage monitors, one music stand, one chair without arms (preferably cushioned)

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