Lissadell House and Gardens, Sligo, Ireland
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Leonard Cohen was "honoured to be in such a historical setting”, and recited W. B. Yeats: “The light of evening, Lissadell, great windows open to the south, two girls in silk kimonos, both beautiful, one a gazelle”. He had learned the poem 50 years ago in his home town of Montreal, and said: "I never knew my steps would take me to this place, and that I would receive such a welcome sheltered in the spirit of the great master whose lines I have just quoted”.
He also recited his beautiful lyrics: “Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering, There is a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in”:
"I've told the truth, I didn't come to the Yeats' country to fool you.."
from the song 'Hallelujah' as sung at Lissadell
Dance me to the end of love
Leonard Cohen with Roscoe Beck (left) and Rafael Gayol
Dino Soldo and Bob Metzger
Sharon Robinson, singer and songwriter, graced Lissadell
Hattie Webb, Charley Webb and sound superviser Russell Wilson
Thank you so much, friends
The light of evening, Lissadell
Garda patrol boat in Drumcliff bay (above) and a beached boat in the bay (below)
Rehearsals and tuning
James Connolly photographs the audience
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