Steafan Hanvey 'Look Behind You!' a Multimedia Performance about the Troubles in Ireland

Drew University

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Dear Jim, How are you? I am writing about folksinger Steafan Hanvey, he is from Ireland and will be traveling to Danbury to present "Look Behind You!" a multimedia performance of his father's acclaimed photographs and his own music. Their mutual creative endeavor explores The Troubles in the country during the IRA's bloodiest years - it is quite powerful and was featured on National Public Radio. Many of the images are of conflict, but there are also many that depict "normal' life in that era and they are so impressive. Steafan is able to provide context during the lecture and he will perform his own songs and some traditional tunes as well. He will be in Madison at Drew University on March 6th, sponsored by the Irish American Cultural Institute. With St. Patrick's Day looming I think its cool to see images grounded in the reality of life there (as opposed to green beer and other blarney). Is there any interest in covering the event? More details in the press release below. Hope you are well and staying warm. It's been a challenge this winter! Sincerely, Heather For Immediate Release February 3, 2014 Ireland's Steafán Hanvey Tours the US with Look Behind You! A Father and Son's Impressions of The Troubles in Northern Ireland through Photograph and Song As seen on NPR's Morning Edition "Steafán Hanvey is thoughtful, intelligent and reflective about the culture and family that shaped him, as well as how it has influenced and defined his recent album, Nuclear Family. Coburn Dukehart, NPR Northern Irish singer-songwriter Steafán Hanvey was born during one of the bloodiest years in the Northern Irish Troubles, in Downpatrick, N. Ireland, which is not only the resting-place of St. Patrick, it is the birthplace of successful pop-rock acts such as Ash and Relish. Growing up in an artistic household – his father is an acclaimed photographer and both of his parents are traditional Irish musicians – Steafán's exposure to all kinds of music began in utero. Citing influences from Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Soundgarden, Simon & Garfunkel to Irish folk, perhaps the most important of all was the home itself, where the young Steafán was often called upon to sing tune or two. Hanvey has created a multi-dimensional project and will arrive in Waterloo to stage the photos and song at Waterlook Unversity on February 27th. ONE PROJECT: TWO SIDES Side 1. Nuclear Family. Steafán's new album Nuclear Family was released in the US and Canada (eOne) on February 26, 2013 when Steafán embarked on a three-tiered, twenty state tour of colleges, music venues, cultural centers, libraries and people's living rooms. Side 2. Nuclear Family's artistic corollary: Look Behind You! In tandem with the album-release, Steafán is touring a multimedia performance-lecture entitled Look Behind You! A Father and Son's Impressions of The Troubles In Northern Ireland Through Photograph and Song . Look behind You! details how a father and son (both artists) have negotiated the personal and political landscapes of Northern Ireland. Look Behind You! promotes the Yeatsian/Heaney maxim that "The End of Art is Peace". Steafán has performed Look Behind You! at Boston College, The University of Wisconsin, The University of San Diego, Grinnell College, amongst others. He launched Nuclear Family at Club Passim in Boston, and Rockwood Music Hall in NY and has 50 dates in over 20 states behind him since March of 2013. Steafán spoke at length with No Depression: photo essay and interview . Heather West, Western Publicity 4043 N Spaulding Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 cell 773/301-5767 or 773/273-6284 Facebook Twitter: Website:

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