8pm Thu 27th July @ An Cuan (£10 at door)
Music of Healing & Creative Arts Award
The coveted Fiddler’s Green Creative Arts Award Trophy, crafted by leading Irish Sculptor Carolyn Mulholland was first awarded to Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney in 2000 and will be presented to another prestigious recipient as part of the Music of Healing event, hosted by Tommy Sands.
This year Fiddler’s Green Festival are pleased to announce the recipient of the Creative Arts Award will be writer and performer Shay Healy.
Born in 1943, Healy is an Irish songwriter, broadcaster and journalist. Although perhaps best known for his role as host of Nighthawks, a RTÉ Television chat show of the late 1980s and early 1990s, and for composing “What’s Another Year”, Ireland’s winning entry in the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest he has many even more remarkably tuneful strings to his bow.
His father Seamus, an actor with the Abbey and his mother, Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin, was a singer of Irish traditional songs. She also wrote plays and stories and encouraged young Shay’s early talent for writing. This led to his first appearance at the age of fifteen on the Irish national radio station, Radió Éireann, reading a self-penned article.
Healy first received attention as a performer of his own “songs of social significance” during the 1960s. Later he wrote comedy songs for Billy Connolly, including “The Orient Express-a tale of intrigue and cross dressing” and “The Shitkickers Waltz”. With a creative talent that refused to be pigeonholed he went on to write Stage Musicals, plays and books to great acclaim.
Today, although struggling with Parkinsons disease he keeps on going and just recently signed a record deal at the age of 73 with Tua Nua records.
We are delighted to award the prestigious Fiddlers Green Creative Award to Shay, a truly unique writer and performer and look forward very much to his company at the Music Of Healing event on Thursday 27th July
Video courtesy of ‘The Music Of Healing’.