glór - Sat 27th May 2.00pm
Since its release ‘Last Night As I Lay Dreaming’ has played to enthusiastic audiences all over Ireland and as far afield as Melbourne, Australia and St Louis, Missouri, USA.
The film explores the life and songs of traditional singer Robbie McMahon from Spancilhill in Co. Clare. Robbie is credited with bringing the folk song ‘Spancilhill’ to a worldwide audience but is also an acclaimed composer of songs and ballads. This documentary charts the huge contribution Robbie McMahon has made to the world of singing down through the years, both through his own compositions and his unique interpretation of traditional songs.
Set against the backdrop of community life in rural Ireland, ‘Last Night As I Lay Dreaming’ features captivating performances from ‘The King Of Spancilhill’ himself along with contributions that set his achievements in a wider context. It highlights the important role the singer and songwriter has traditionally played in their local communities, recording significant events and keeping that memory alive for future generations.
The film, directed by Ray Conway and edited by Edmond Krasniqi, features music performed by Denis Liddy and Michael Hynes, two of Clare’s best known traditional musicians. Denis Liddy also arranged the music for the film which includes a newly composed piece. As well as being supported by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, ‘Last Night As I Lay Dreaming’ received funding from the Arts Office of Clare County Council, through its Traditional Music Initiative supported by the Arts Council.