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Song of Granite (2017)

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Enigmatic and complex, Joe Heaney was one of the greats of traditional Irish singing (sean nós). Shaped by the myths, fables, and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, his emergence as a gifted artist came at a personal cost. Featuring performances from Colm Seoighe, Macdara Ó Fátharta, Jaren Cerf, Lisa O'Neill, Damien Dempsey, and sean nós singers Mícheál Ó Chonfhaola and Pól Ó Ceannabháin, and beautiful black and white cinematography, SONG OF GRANITE is a distinct portrait of Heaney's life and a marvelous exploration of music and song.

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Macdara Ó Fatharta
as Joe Heaney, 60s
Mícheál Ó Chonfhaola
as Joe Heaney, 40s
Colm Seoighe
as Young Joe Heaney
Alain Goulem
as Alan Lomax
Pol O'Ceannabhain
as Padraig O' hEanai
Mairead Conneely
as Beib Ni hEanai
Jack O'Domhnaill
as Young Darach
Peadar Cox
as Darach
Peadar O'Treasaigh
as Storyteller
David Ryan
as English Music Journalist
Sean O'Tarpaigh
as Folklore Collector
Olga Wehrly
as Mary Heaney
Sonny O'Conghaile
as Accordian Player (Connemara)
Joe Collins
as School Children
Paddy Collins
as School Children
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More than the story of an individual, the film is a stirring tribute to endangered folk traditions.

December 7, 2017 | Full Review…

If Andrei Tarkovsky had grown up in rural Ireland, he might have made a biographical cine-memoir as luminously beautiful as Song of Granite.

November 22, 2017 | Full Review…

This patient and luminous life-of-the-artist film freshens everything stale about its genre.

November 15, 2017 | Full Review…

There's a unifying purpose to this seemingly scattered approach, underlining the essential unknowability of a retiring figure who left principally his art as evidence of a jagged, unstable life.

November 14, 2017 | Full Review…
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Mr. Collins doesn't shed light on what makes his subject tick, and the arty shards never cohere.

November 14, 2017 | Full Review…

For an artist whose work in a proud and robust tradition carried a recognizable grace, Song of Granite is a stirring, solemn tribute.

March 16, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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