TG4 is to celebrate the life of President Michael D. Higgins on his 80th birthday, with a one-hour special. Featuring some of Ireland’s finest poets, singers, musicians, thinkers, playwrights, and dancers this is a fitting honour to share the history of his philosophical and political ideals.
The Irish arts scene has always been of great importance to our President and the stellar line-up just goes to show how appreciative people are of his influence too.
Some of the stars who will be taking part in this show include:
Van Morrison who sends greetings to President Higgins with an exquisite rendition of his classic song ‘Burning Ground’.
Nigerian born, and Tullamore raised rising star Tolü Makay who gives a breath-taking rendition of her single ‘Don’t let go’ alongside her 4-piece band, from the stunning surrounds of Rathfarnham Castle.
Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney who have forged a unique musical partnership over many years and have become favourite performers of the president, having delighted him on many occasions.
Former De Dannan members Frankie Gavin and Mairtín O’Connor.
TG4 Gradam Ceoil Musician of the Year Laoise Kelly who performs the beautiful 17th-century melody ‘Caitlín Triail’, alongside two dazzling jigs
Also included is a vocal duet from the Claddagh in Galway of ‘Óró mo Bhaidín’ with Sibéal Ní Chasaide and Séamus Ó Flatharta.
This programme will reflect President Michael D. Higgins’ love of music, dance, poetry, language, song, theatre and protest and his support for the marginalised in society.
It will also reflect his support of the values of active citizenship and a caring community, his deep commitment to equality and to human rights, civil rights, LGBT+ rights, Traveller’s rights, language rights and his part of the struggle for gender equality from the 1970s to today.
The programme will be broadcast on President Higgins’ birthday, the 18th April at 9:30pm.