Wednesday and Friday, McDowell’s singer/songwriter Freddy Bradburn will take audiences at MACA on a musical and visual journey through Ireland right before St. Patrick’s Day.
The show is called “Wild Ireland.” It is an original musical and visual performance by Bradburn and also featuring the Foothills Community School’s Drama Llamas as Wild Irish Fairies. The show will be presented in the Greenlee Theater at the McDowell Arts Council Association at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. It is a benefit performance for the Foothills Community School.
The show was inspired by a trip Bradburn and his wife Susan Yergler-Bradburn took to Sligo and Donegal in Ireland last summer.
“As usual, I took a lot of photographs, and as usual, I had my guitar,” said Bradburn. “I wasn’t planning on writing any, since the travel doesn’t allow much time for writing, but I put my guitar in CGDGBD tuning (a tuning I learned from Paul Brady, an Irish singer/songwriter) and wrote an instrumental on the first morning there.”
Sligo is a coastal seaport in Ireland and is also the home of the great poet William Butler Yeats. The couple walked the solitary path through Slish Woods to the Lake Isle of Innisfree and Bradburn used a Yeats poem in his second song. He continued to write in Ireland, composing a new song every morning until he realized he had a song cycle of their trip.
“When I got back home, I then put the photographs I had taken into a slide show with the songs,” he said.
In October, he gave a rough draft performance at the Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland for a few people and received some good feedback.
“I tried to schedule it a couple places later in October, but they fell through,” he said. “Now, I decided to do it as a fund-raiser for Foothills Community School, the magnet school where Susan teaches. I decided to use some of Susan’s drama girls from her school drama club as Irish fairies in between songs. It keeps evolving. I’m excited about the opportunity to perform it, for it has surely been a labor of love. Susan and I would be thrilled to see some of our old, and new friends. The performances are a week after Susan’s birthday and a few days before mine on St. Patrick’s Day.”
The cost is $10 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, call 652-8610 or visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/826912310830647/