Songs and spoken pieces from the poems and essays of W. B. Yeats
'A rapturous weave of the irresistible sounds of Irish music and the steely but lyrical magic that animates the words of one of Ireland's most celebrated poets, W. B. Yeats.' - Chicago Sun Times
'A joy - poetry to the ears, alternately tender and rousing.' - Chicago Tribune
'simply not to be missed' - Irish-American News
In the Deep Heart's Core weaves together songs and spoken pieces from the poems and essays of W. B. Yeats in the 150th anniversary year of his birth. This 'mystic cabaret' is a stunning experience of musical theatre, poetry, song, and storytelling.
The evening offers a rapturous musical biography of William Butler Yeats, as it follows his life through dreams and heartbreaks toward ultimate spiritual triumph. Yeat's best-loved poems are set to stunning original musical by the American composer, singer, guitarist, and storyteller, Joseph Sobol. Together with the singer and marvelous interpreter of Irish song, Kathy Cowan, they create a musical/theatrical event of transcendent power.
In the Deep Heart's Core has toured the U.S. for twenty years, and embarks on its first Irish tour in honour of the 150th anniversary of W.B. Yeat's birth (13 June 1865). The show ran for eight months at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre to unanimous critical acclaim. It has received a Jeff Citation for Outstanding Original Music, was featured at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D. C., enjoyed a four-week run at Virginia's nationally-known Barter
Theatre, a four-week run at Philadelphia's Movement Theatre International, in addition to an extensive national tour.
'An extraordinarily rich and beautiful evocation of the genius of Yeats and of Ireland.' - James Flannery, Director, Yeats International Theatre Festival
More About the Composer/Singer/Guitarist/Storyteller
Joseph Daniel Sobol is an accomplished singer, composer, storyteller, writer, folklorist, and instrumentalist. Along with his original song settings of some 36 poems of Yeats, which he has woven into solo programs and musical theater pieces, he has also adapted, directed, and scored a stage version of the great Irish novel, The Crock of Gold, and created a one-man storytelling show, Voids of Passage: Puberty Rites of the 60s, which was hailed as "utterly absorbing. . . true and endearing" (Chicago Reader). Joseph holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. He received a 1995 Joseph Jefferson Citation for Outstanding Original Music for In the Deep Heart's Core. 1999 saw the publication of his award-winning book The Storytellers’ Journey: an American Revival, as well as his first solo instrumental CD, Citternalia, which was cited by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the outstanding independent releases of the year. 2004 saw the release of the 2-CD set of In the Deep Heart's Core: vol 1, I Am of Ireland, and vol. 2: Cast a Cold Eye. Since 2000 he has served as director of the Graduate Program in Storytelling at East Tennessee State University.
KATHY COWAN is widely known for her interpretation of Irish folk songs and has released three critically acclaimed recordings, The Red-Haired Man's Wife, In the Deep Heart’s Core, vol. 1: I Am of Ireland, and In the Deep Heart’s Core, vol. 2: Cast a Cold Eye. She has played leading roles in many styles, from Moliere to Gilbert and Sullivan to medieval opera, to industrial films and commercials, and has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Kathy is a core faculty member at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and at Northeastern University, where she teaches voice. Kathy has sung in nearly every performance of In the Deep Heart's Core since its 1993 premiere.
"A JOY. POETRY TO THE EARS. Alternately tender and rousing. . . . Warming each note with Gaelic charm and unaffected purity, Cowan's richly textured delivery lifts the "Innisfree" ballad to folk glory." - Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Tribune
"ASTONISHING. . . . A major accomplishment. The show has that combination of joy and pathos that comes with the finest of opera." - Edward Morgan, Washington (VA) News
"Joseph Sobol has composed music that fits the sense and mood of Yeats's poems, but the music is so distinctively Irish that people partial to that genre would like this piece even if they were not familiar with Yeats. In addition to being an homage to the poet, this show is A GREAT IRISH SONGFEST. . . . " - Douglas Keating, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Your songs captured the spirit of this greatest of 20th century poets. The performance combined splendid entertainment with a valuable enhancement of one's knowledge of Yeats. Thank you for an unforgettable evening." - Prof. Robert L. Selig, Purdue University-Calumet