Daughters of the Pirate Queen: The Spirit of Grace O’Malley
“Daughter, lover, mother, leader – Grace O’Malley was all of these things and so much more; not a myth, but a flesh-and-blood Irish woman. The fierce heart of the pirate queen resides in us all. Therefore, we are all her daughters.”
Fresh off a sold-out premiere performance at the National Concert Hall in Ireland, Eímear Noone’s Daughters of the Pirate Queen: The Spirit of Grace O’Malley tackles the turbulent tale of a great legend in Irish history: Grace O’Malley. Often referred to as ‘The Pirate Queen’, she was an Irish chieftain and seafarer who became famous as a pirate and rebel in the 16th century, and to this day remains a hugely popular and important figure in Irish lore.
A rallying cry for female empowerment, seven of Ireland’s top female performers and songwriters have come together to tell the miraculous true story of a woman centuries ahead of her time. In the spirit of the great lady herself, the music is evocative, poetic, rhythmic, and exhilarating. Defying definition, the soundscape centers on cinematic orchestra storytelling through music, narrative, and song, with indie rock, pop, and folk influence throughout the score.
The guest artists are singer-songwriters Wallis Byrd, Nina Hynes, Dawn Kenny, and Emma Langford, trumpeter Helen Doyle, vocalists Celine Byrne and Aisling McGlynn, writer-director Madison Cole, and video artist Phillipp Geist, and costume designer Claire Garvey.
Daughters of the Pirate Queen -- Official Promotional Trailer