The Ballad of the Crimson Warrior

A Short Film by Mike Hanrahan & ALDOC

17 March 2022

‌The Ballad of The Crimson Warrior is a musical narrative of original songs and traditional tunes inspired by the Irish Cultural Revolution with stunning portraits of the revolutionary years by Mick O’Dea.

Mike performs with Seána Davey on Irish Harp, Norah Constance Walsh on piano, Sive on vocals and guitar and Aldoc on whistles and percussion.

This short film is dedicated to the creative women and men of our great Irish cultural revolution, 1890 to 1922. They were both rebel and innovator, writer and fighter who challenged a nation to reawaken its own spirit. This often turbulent yet extremely innovative period of Irish history is a fascinating study on the rebirth of a culture after centuries in chains.

Mike has been at the forefront of Irish music for four decades as a writer, singer and musician with Stockton’s Wing, Ronnie Drew and many more.

In 2016 he wrote and presented a critically acclaimed theatre show Dublin Burning with Brendan Begley on the songs and stories of the 1916 Rising in Dublin.

The Ballad of The Crimson Warrior was recorded and filmed at Áras Chrónáin in December 2021. 

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