The Prine Family proudly presents “Souvenirs: Celebrating the Life and Songs of John Prine with Family and Friends,” a special livestream tribute broadcasting from Galway’s The Mick Lally Theatre October 4 at 7:30pm IT/2:30pm ET/11:30am PT via the theatre’s website. Tickets for the event, which will also be available for on-demand viewing October 7-10, are on-sale now via themicklallytheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873620748.
Proceeds from the event will benefit two local Irish organizations: Doras, an independent non-profit working to promote and protect the rights of people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Ireland, and The Druid Theatre Company, Ireland’s leading touring theatre company.
The first public celebration of Prine’s legendary life and career, the event will feature special performances from several of Prine’s close friends and supporters including Mary Black, Paul Brady, Pat Crowley, Mette Jensen, Ruth McGill, Tanya McCole, Chris Meehan, Paul Mulligan, Little John Nee, Declan O'Rourke, Brian Palm, Bill Shanley, Sharon Shannon, Mary Staunton, Mary Stokes and Ciaran Tourish as well as Prine’s youngest son, Tommy Prine. In addition to the performances, the broadcast will include conversations between each performer and the evening’s MC, John Creedon.
Of the tribute, Prine’s wife Fiona Whelan Prine shares, “John recognized that in Ireland people loved and accepted him outside of his life as a celebrated artist. His Irish passport was one of his most prized possessions. We are delighted to be able to remember him with his family and musician friends from Ireland, with this very special tribute event from Galway.”
Regarded as one of the English language’s premier phrase-turners, Prine is a four-time Grammy-winner, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, a seven-time Americana Music Award-winner, a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient and member of both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Since his debut in 1971, Prine released over eighteen albums and has had his songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and many others, while drawing effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and more, who knew him as a smiling, shuffling force for good.