Songs of the Open Road
Pat Collins | Ireland | 2022 | 50 minutes | 12A | Documentary | English
Friday 24th June 2022 | Edinburgh Filmhouse | 18:15
At the age of 10, Thomas McCarthy left County Offaly in Ireland and moved to London to live
with his siblings and mother in a halting site under the A40, the Westway, in West London, which members of the Traveller community still inhabit. Today he is one of Ireland’s most significant singers and the keeper of more than 1200 of Ireland’s oldest songs. Pat Collins lyrical, poignant documentary explores Thomas’ life and the deep resonance his songs continue to hold.
This film was introduced with a mini-concert from the Scots traveller singer-storyteller, Jess Smith.