Here is an exciting project I am delighted to be a part of. It is the brain child of fellow Corkoian Patsy O’Brien, living in exile himself these past years in St. Paul, Minnesota. This has the potential to be something more that just a book and a CD. This could be a unending adventure into education the youth of tomorrow about the patron saint of Ireland – The Boy Patrick.
There is a Kickstarter campaign going with only a few days left. Check it out here!
Here is a bit more about it.
This project balances out the typical St Patrick’s Day shenanigans (plastic green hats and partying, fun as it all is) with an educational project that will educate, entertain, and represent authentic Irish culture responsibly, through a spoken narrative with musical accompaniment recounting the factual tales and adventurous exploits of the young Patrick, from his capture and enslavement as a young man, through his daring escape, and beyond, into his later return to Ireland as a missionary, where he expressed his full love of the Irish people. Little did we know, until we started researching the actual facts, that young Patrick’s life was a breathtaking adventure full of derring-do and a story ripe for the telling!
The finished project will consist of a professionally recorded CD of spoken narrative and musical accompaniment, plus an illustrated text. The musicians on board include some of the industry’s top names from the global hit shows Riverdance and Celtic Woman, as well as some of the cream of the Irish America’s music community. Our goal with this project is to provide readers a solid introduction to:
a) the authentic roots of an exclusively Irish yet globally recognizable cultural icon
b) The traditional musical instruments of Ireland. We believe this project will provide so many who have an interest in their Irish heritage with a solid foundation on which to explore further.
We have writer Therese Kunz, a seasoned playwright with over twenty years experience, working with us on the project’s narrative.
This publication, as well as being a perfect gift, is perfect for the classroom and we are excited about it being an integral part of how Irish culture will be understood and perceived by generations to come.
We have calculated a Kickstarter goal of $5000 to supplement additional funding from outside sources. This figure will ensure that we can both produce a high quality, professionally recorded book and CD package and also compensate all the participating artists appropriately. We will release the Book and CD on St Patrick’s Day 2018. By lending your support, you will be making the authentic roots of Irish culture a more integral part of a deepening of Irish-American heritage. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this – we really appreciate your support.
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