The Man From God Knows Where
The Life and Times of Thomas Russell in Words and Music
With Jane Cassidy & Maurice Leyden
7pm | £9
‘The man from God knows where’ was a figure of mystery and awe to the tenant farmers of Ulster in the 1790s. Today many still know Florence Wilson’s poem, but few could tell you his name. Thomas Russell, soldier, revolutionary and first librarian of the Linen Hall Library, played a major part in the Irish Risings of 1798 and 1803. Folk-singers, writers & broadcasters, Jane Cassidy and Maurice Leyden, tell the story of this remarkable man, through eye-witness accounts of his life and times, extracts from Russell’s diary, woven together with local traditional songs, expressing the drama and pathos of that ‘time of the hurry’, when Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter combined to fight for a reform of parliamentary representation.