W.B. Yeats Poems: Words & Music

In Performance & Conversation
W.B. Yeats Poems: Words and Music

This June, ICTC will present an intimate concert on screen of traditional Irish music and enchanting poems from the William Butler Yeats catalog, filmed on ICTC’s stage, entitled “In Performance & Conversation - W.B. Yeats Poems: Words and Music.”

This spoken word and music performance captures artful recitations from ICTC Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, Vincent O’Neill, intertwined with Irish music and song performed by Mary Ramsey, the lead Singer & Songwriter of the internationally renowned music group 10,000 Maniacs, and features contextual introductions by Yeats Scholar and Author, Joseph M. Hassett.

This fundraiser performance will mark the official release of O’Neill, Ramsey, and Hassett’s Spoken Word Album: “W.B. Yeats Poems: Words and Music.” To celebrate this momentous occasion, ICTC will host a live and interactive, virtual "Watch Party" on June 4th. This premiere event will be hosted by ICTC Executive Artistic Director, Kate LoConti Alcocer, and will include commentary from the Artists, and a Q&A session, in addition to a viewing of the filmed performance.

Patrons will have access to three ticket options: the live one-night-only fundraiser Watch Party, the filmed poetry concert, or the recording of the fundraiser Watch Party. The second two options can be streamed on-demand from June 4-27 to benefit the Irish Classical Theatre Company. Closed Captioned viewing options will also be available. Tickets start at $45 and go on sale Friday, May 14.

Film Production Team

Director: Greg Natale

Lighting Designer: Jayson Clark

Director of Photography & A Camera Operator: Salvatore Natale

B Camera Operator: Rafael C. Mencia

C Camera Operator: Travis Carlson

A Camera 1st Assistant Camera: Mike Thompson

Sound Mixer: Jesse Parker

CD Recording Production Team

Poetry Readings: Vincent O’Neill

Viola, Vocals, Violin, and Original Music: Mary Ramsey

Introductions: Joseph Hassett

CD Recorded March-May 2018 at Fun House Studios

Additional Voices: Arianne Davidow, Faith Walh, and Inga Yanoski

Sound Engineer: Armand Petri

CD Cover Graphic Art: Ger Garland

CD Cover Layout: Mark Klodzinski, MarkArt

Technical Assistance & Advice: Tom Makar

Ticketing Information

Viewing Options range from $45-$60.
*Service charge applied to ticket order.

10% Discounts are available for Subscribers, Students, Veterans, and Industry Members.
Email boxoffice@irishclassical.com or call (716) 853-ICTC (4282)


Vincent O’Neill

Born in Dublin, Vincent trained as an actor at Ireland’s national theatre the Abbey, co-founded by W.B. Yeats.  Later he toured worldwide as a member of the Abbey Theatre Company. He also trained as a Mime Artist for three years in Paris under Marcel Marceau. Based in Buffalo, New York, where he was Artistic Director for 30 years of the prestigious Irish Classical Theatre Company which he co-founded in 1990, he is a multi-award-winning actor, director and writer. He is also former Chair and for 20 years the Director of Theatre Performance in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo. Named both Irishman of the Year and Citizen of the Year in Buffalo, he is proud of his Irish roots and of the unique opportunity he has been granted to celebrate Irish writers, playwrights and culture as his vocation and profession. He fondly dedicates this recording to his Thespian children, Laura and Jamie.



Mary Ramsey

Born in Washington D.C., Mary started playing violin at age 5 while also singing in school and church productions. She received her Bachelor of Music in Performance on Viola at SUNY Fredonia while also becoming a full-time member of the Erie Philharmonic at age 17. Mary went on to form the critically acclaimed folk duo John & Mary with John Lombardo in Buffalo, NY recording four albums of original compositions. She became the lead singer-songwriter in 1995 for 10,000 Maniacs scoring a top 40 hit with the song "More Than This." Mary and the band continue to tour the U.S. and abroad. They have played USO shows for troops in the Middle East and around the world, performed at the Inaugural Ball for President Clinton, and have been featured on television shows in the U.S. and Brazil. Mary has worked with Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre Company and has been a guest artist on many recordings including those of The Goo Goo Dolls, Ani DiFranco, and Billy Bragg. Mary is grateful to her family and friends that have supported her following of the muses throughout her life.

Joseph Hassett

Joe is a graduate of Canisius College and Harvard Law School, holds a Ph.D in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin, and was a visiting scholar at St. John’s College, Oxford. His most recent book, Yeats Now: Echoing into Life, discusses lines from Yeats poems that help us understand and articulate the emotions surrounding important moments in our lives. It is available here. Joe’s other books include W.B. Yeats and the Muses, published by Oxford University Press in 2010, and The Ulysses Trials: Beauty and Truth Meet the Law, published by Lilliput Press in 2016. He has lectured at various venues, including The Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, Ireland, the National Library of Ireland, the Dublin and Trieste James Joyce Summer Schools, and The Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. He practices law in Washington, D.C.

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Presenting Sponsors

Patricia Ryan-Dudek & Edward Dudek

Poet Sponsors

Joseph Hassett
Ansie Baird

Scholar Sponsors

Dr. John & Susan Earshen


Certain W.B. Yeats lyrics by kind permission of UNITED AGENTS LLP on behalf of Caitriona Yeats.

Cover Image of W.B. Yeats by George Charles Beresford. © National Portrait Gallery, London – NPG x6397