Sunday 20 October 2019

Launch of 30 original songs and poems penned by the late Tom Williams

By Esther Hayden

A book of 30 original songs and poems about County Wexford and its people will be launched in Greenacres in Wexford town on Thursday night, November 12 at 7.30pm.

'A Voice From Out The Crowd', which comprises 30 compositions written by Tom Williams, is being published posthumously by the Williams' family, following the author's death three years ago.

The former manager of Williams Bakery in Taghmon, Williams was also a well-known historian, genealogist and author. He wrote the bestselling books 'With Heart and Hand - the Inside Story of Wexford's Hurling Resurgence', in 1996, and 'Cúchulainn's Son, the Story of Nickey Rackard', in 2005.

All but one of the 30 songs and poems in the book were inspired by or celebrate the people, places, history and culture of County Wexford. It includes some of Williams' best-known works, such as 'Cúchulainn's Son', his popular ballad about former Wexford hurling great, Nickey Rackard; 'A Civil War Lament', a song about the healing powers of the GAA following The Civil War; and 'Wexford - Our Homeland'.

The book will be launched by Wexford playwright Billy Roche. A number of his songs will also be performed by a number of well-known performers on the night. The book is available in local bookstores.

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