Irish singer Méav and Les Rhapsodes Choir headline Québec’s 16th Celtic Festival with a special commemorative concert on September 10th, 2022 at 8pm.
This year marks the 175th Anniversary of 1847, the worst year of the Irish Famine, when over 90,000 Irish refugees passed through the quarantine station of Grosse ile, Québec hoping for a new life in Canada.
The concert commemorates those who suffered and died during the Famine, and the Canadians who welcomed many Irish refugees in their time of need. It is a celebration of our shared cultures through music, poetry and song.
The event is a free concert at the stunning outdoor Agora venue on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River. No advance booking is required.
Méav is bringing a band of Irish multi-instrumentalists with her and is delighted to be reunited with the fantastic 35 member choir Les Rhapsodes under their conductor David Rompré for this unique event.
Well-known local raconteur Steven Burke will narrate.
The concert features traditional songs and contemporary songs by many Irish composers including Brendan Graham, Declan O’Rourke, John Spillane, Conor O’Reilly and Ronan McDonagh. It will also feature the premiere of a new song by Méav Ní Mhaolchatha and Ronan Scolard entitled North Star. Canadian composers including Mychael and Jeff Danna and Gilles Vigneault are also featured.