120 min

After this evening of film, Irish folk music and a concert in the Cinematheque, you’ll want to live in a pub in Dublin.

A young woman with short, dark hair and an equally dark Guinness beer in front of her sits in the local Cobblestone Pub in Ireland. Bathed in backlight and with the total silence and attention of her guests, she sings the ballad ‘The Blackbird of Avondale’ a cappella. This is the opening scene of what is in every way the most beautiful music film of the year, depicting various aspects of song culture and community in contemporary Dublin. The woman with the dark hair is Irish traditional singer Annie Hughes, who began her musical love affair singing Gregorian chants while studying music at university. After the screening of the film this evening at the Cinemateket, it’s Copenhagen’s turn to be enchanted by her mournful Irish folk songs and ballads – sometimes a cappella and sometimes accompanied by guitar. This event is presented with the generous help from the Embassy of Ireland in Denmark.