The life of US legend Stephen Foster

The father of American song, Stephen Foster. (141011JC2)
The father of American song, Stephen Foster. (141011JC2)

The Playhouse proudly presents ‘Kind Hearts and Gentle People – The Life and Times of Stephen Foster’ at The Alley Theatre in Strabane on Wednesday, October 26, at 8pm.

Based on the life of the ‘father of American popular song’, Kind Hearts and Gentle People is a fascinating look at a songwriter who has become the stuff of legend in America, but whose roots begin in Ulster.

Widely regarded as America’s first professional song-writer, Stephen Collins Foster penned some of its earliest and most famous songs, including ‘Oh! Susanna’, ‘Hard Times Come Again No More’, ‘Old Folks at Home’ (‘Swanee River’), ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ and ‘Beautiful Dreamer’.

These songs, which all feature in the production, remain popular over 150 years after their composition and have influenced many of today’s music legends such as Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Bob Dylan, John Prine and Bruce Springsteen.

He is also one of the North West’s forgotten famous sons; his ancestors emigrated from the port of Derry in the 18th century.

Kind Hearts and Gentle People is a tale of the triumphs and tragedies of the life and times of a cherished songwriter.

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