As part of this year’s Séamus Ennis commemorations, we invite you to an exclusive preview screening of American Epic, The Big Bang.
At the height of the Roaring Twenties, music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology set out across America to capture the breadth of American music and discover the artists that would shape our world. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratised the nation and gave a voice to everyone. From the hills of Appalachia and the streets of Memphis, from the sanctified shout of the gospel church, to the coal mines of West Virginia and the cotton fields of Mississippi, music provided relief from tough lives and hard times. New rhythms were born in the echoes of stomping feet, the bite of pick-axes, and the ambling gait of tired mules. For the first time, a woman picking cotton in Mississippi, a coalminer in Virginia or a tobacco farmer in Tennessee could have their thoughts and feelings heard on records played in living rooms across the country.
It was the first time America heard itself.
As told by music pioneers, their families and eyewitnesses, American Epic travels back in time to the "Big Bang" of modern popular music.
Narrated by Robert Redford
Director: Bernard MacMahon
Duration: 110 minutes
Join us to celebrate the legacy of a generation of music collectors akin to Séamus Ennis, whose collection "is testimony to a wonderful generosity of spirit on the part of the musicians, singers and storytellers who underpinned Ennis’ success.” - Ríonach uí Ógáin, Director of the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin.
SEAC Friends/Members - FREE, advance booking essential
Concessions and guests of SEAC Friends/Members - €4 in advance, €6 at the door
Non-Members - €5 in advance, €7 at the door