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David A. Wilson and the McGee Band: The Launch of Thomas D’Arcy McGee Volume 2: The Extreme Moderate
November 10, 2011 @ 8:30 pm$20 – $22
The recipient of the University of Toronto’s Outstanding Teaching Award, and a Professor in the Celtic Studies Program and History Department at the University of Toronto, David A. Wilson has completed a two-volume biography of Thomas D’Arcy McGee, the brilliant Irish Canadian politician and Father of Confederation who was assassinated in 1868 at the age of forty-two. The first volume won two major awards; Volume 2 has been described in an advance review as “one of the great historical biographies of our time.” For more information, go to http://mqup.mcgill.ca/book.php?bookid=2730
The McGee Band play a blend of Irish, Scottish, and Québécois music, and have recorded a CD of original music in traditional style “In Honour of the Life and Times of Thomas D’Arcy McGee,” written, recorded and produced by James Stephens and Frank Cassidy in Ottawa. “This is an exciting and brilliantly arranged CD,” commented Aidan O’Hara on RTE (Irish Radio and Television). “It’s a rare enough event to hear so excellently performed a recording of music in the traditional vein, but when it succeeds in weaving a creative melodious tapestry of the ‘folk’ and the ingeniously newly composed, it is an altogether unexpected delight.” For more information, go to www.mcgeemusic.ca
Together, David A. Wilson and the McGee Band put on a show that combines the speeches, letters and poems of McGee with original music in traditional style. They have performed it to great critical acclaim in Canada and the United States, and are delighted to combine its Toronto premiere with the launch of McGee Volume 2.