Olagón

Olagón

Olagón, a conflicted wail of both mourning and victory, stands as the central inspiration of this new evening-length collaboration between Eighth Blackbird, composer/fiddler Dan Trueman, vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird of the contemporary Irish supergroup The Gloaming, and Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon. Drawing from the legendary Irish tale Táin Bó Cúailnge, Olagón aims to tell a story of hardship in contemporary, post-recession Ireland while honoring traditional musics of Ireland, Norway, and America. Muldoon’s text – utilizing both English and Irish – is sung in the unique and highly ornamental vocal practice known as Sean Nós by Ó Lionáird. When coupled with Trueman’s diverse musical landscape, stage direction by Mark DiChiazza, and the virtuosity of Eighth Blackbird, a multi-cultural experience unlike any other is brought vividly life. 


Take a Tour of Olagón.

  1. Pillow Talk Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  2. Introductions Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  3. Marbhan's Shadow Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  4. Being Only A Dame Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  5. A Queen Bee Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  6. Stirrings I Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  7. For Eons and Eons Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  8. Motet for Medhbh Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  9. Stirrings II Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 0:58
  10. Nil Aon Ton-Ton Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  11. Stirrings III Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  12. You Know It's a Salmagundi Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  13. Stirrings IV Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  14. Marbhan and Guaire Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  15. Pillow Talk Reprise Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  16. Restless Rest Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  17. Ululations I Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  18. Zeus to my Demeter Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  19. Only on Medhbh Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  20. Ululations II Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  21. Reelings Reels Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  22. Ailill Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01
  23. The Book of Lamentations Eighth Blackbird - Dan Trueman - Iarla Ó Lionáird 1:01