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Emilie Conway Duo: You Won’t Forget Me: Words & Music in Celebration of Maeve Brennan.

May 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

Award winning Irish jazz vocalist, Emilie Conway, whose stage debut was an impromptu session in Chicago’s Green Mill with Kurt Elling and Jon Hendricks in ‘99, comes to the American Irish Historical Society to perform a unique and varied programme that includes her own personal tribute to writer Maeve Brennan with pianist, Darragh Hennessy.

“In the music of Maeve Brennan, three notes repeatedly sound together – a ravenous grudge, a ravenous nostalgia, and a ravenous need for love”

– Christopher Carduff, Editor’s note, The Visitor.

2017 marks the centenary of Maeve Brennan’s birth. Born in Ireland, Maeve grew up in the Dublin suburb of Ranelagh, before moving to the US in 1934. In 1949 Maeve became staff writer for The New Yorker and wrote her “Talk of the Town” columns, throughout the 50’s and 60’s. Emilie has spent much of her own adult life living very close to Maeve’s family home in Ranelagh, and has developed a close affinity to and admiration of her life and work.

In words and music, Emilie captures the soundscape of Maeve’s life in a programme that features short readings, spoken word and of course wonderful music, ranging from traditional Irish to jazz in a way that is similar to how Maeve would have experienced the move from Ireland to cosmopolitan New York in the 1940’s. Indeed Maeve’s columns for The New Yorker read like jazz: their cleverness, lightness and incisiveness show the dexterity of a master improviser, which belie a deeper, Rembrandt-like meditation on the human condition – so audible in the ballad-like quality of Maeve’s short stories and novella.


AIHS Members: $15
Non Members: $25

Eventbrite - Emilie Conway Duo: "You Won't Forget Me:" Words and Music in Celebration of Maeve Brennan


May 25, 2017
6:30 pm


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The American Irish Historical Society is a cultural institution featuring a library and archive, public arts programming, and events space.
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