‘Out in ‘16’ 6 song suite launches
Tuesday 6th October, 2015: Pete St. John launches his ‘Out in ‘16’ suite of songs at an evening of song and craic in Dublin’s City Hall in the presence of an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh. This latest Song-Art Programme from Pete is presented in concert with Dublin City Council as part of the Council’s 1916 Easter Rising Commemoration Programme.
The evening begins at 8 p.m. in City Hall and will include music from the Pete St. John songbook featuring evergreen hits, new songs and stories set in the 1916 period.
An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said “Tá áthas an domhain orm go ndeachaigh Pete i gcomhar le Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath chun na hamhráin nuachumtha seo a chur i gcrích. Ar ndóigh, tá an-chion ag muintir na hÉireann ar Pete mar gheall ar na hamhráin iontacha scríofa aige thar na blianta. I am delighted that Pete has agreed to work in concert with Dublin City Council in compiling this latest suite of songs. Pete is one of Ireland’s best loved singer songwriters and the six songs in his new collection truly reflect the events of 1916. I thank him for bringing his expertise and experience to bear in producing such wonderful songs to celebrate and commemorate one of the most troubled periods in our country’s history. I know they will join his other evergreen hits and live on for years to come.”
Pete St. John said: “It is a great honour for a Dublin songwriter to have the capital city's Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh and our City Council endorse and support his Song/Art programme commemorating Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising for independence one hundred years ago. I greatly appreciate that vote of confidence in my work. Additional aid from the Irish Music Rights Organisation brings my project to a wider audience. I hope my suite of songs and stories will play a valuable role in the city's Decade of Commemoration plans. Songs are magic carpets so let’s enjoy our days as our songs travel worldwide with a true message of Dublin peace and goodwill.”
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Notes to the Editor:
Dublin City Council acknowledges the assistance of IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) with this event.
Pete St John Biography
Pete St. John was born and raised in Dublin. He attended Scoil Muire Gan Smal, Inchicore and later Synge Street C.B.S.
Pete emigrated to Canada and worked and travelled widely there and in the US and the West Indies before returning to Dublin in the late 70s. Finding the face of his city greatly changed Pete began writing songs in a very distinctive and unique style depicting the social conditions around him. These reflections are echoed in songs like ‘Dublin in the Rare Oul Times’ and ‘The Ferryman’. The list of artists who have recorded Pete St John songs is testament to the enduring quality of these wonderfully crafted songs and includes The Dubliners, Paddy Reilly, Frank Patterson, Danny Doyle, Johnny McEvoy, Mary Black, Dublin City Ramblers, Luke Kelly, Ronnie Drew, The Barleycorn, Sonny Knowles, Brendan Shine, Daniel O’Donnell and countless others. Between his own versions and those recorded by other artists, his songs have clocked up record sales in millions and have been sung by millions in both professional and informal music sessions around the globe.
Perhaps his best known song, ‘The Fields of Athenry’, was written in 1979. Pete wrote this haunting ballad after reading a story about a young man deported from east Galway to Australia for stealing corn for his family, he never imagined it would become an anthem for millions of football and rugby fans. It spent 72 weeks in the Irish charts, has been translated into fifty different languages and has 846 different versions on the internet.
Pete continues to write prolifically.