Written by composer and curator Simon O’Connor, and commissioned and presented by vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, Left Behind is a new collection of songs to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Drawing on the experiences of the wives of prominent rebel leaders, O’Rourke and O’Connor created a unique suite of compositions that offer an emotional, human perspective on a narrative that is too often told in baldly male heroic terms. Working with O’Connor, O’Rourke and the RTE Concert Orchestra Maeve staged the song cycle as a live performance event at the National Concert Hall starring Olwen Fouere.
“a searingly sad tribute to the 1916 widows” and “beautifully crafted and very affecting”. – DICK O’RIORDAN, SUNDAY BUSINESS POST
“The night felt like an exercise in story-telling of lives often forgot… The songs were stripped of superfluous flare in favour of a stunning stillness which revived the beauty of these tragic, untold tales.” – thenair.net