Michael Flatley releases single to commemorate the heroes of the 1916 rising

Although world renowned for his incredible dance, choreography and artistic skills, Michael Flatley has now released a single paying tribute to the heroes of the 1916 rising.

Written and composed by Irish songwriter, Brian Flanagan, ‘The Rising’ is performed by Michael Flatley who narrates a hauntingly beautiful depiction of the heroes of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Musician Finbar Furey accompanies on Uileann pipes and whistles, with Micheal and Brian both on vocals.

Michael himself also plays the flute during the chorus, while his dance steps create a percussion crescendo towards the song’s finale.

Speaking about the single Michael said: “The story of the Easter Rising, and the bravery of those that lost their lives fighting for a free Irish republic, has always moved me deeply and inspired me.

"I really wanted to mark this special centenary for Ireland, and I’m especially proud of the poignant and beautiful tribute that we, as artists together, have created.”

Flatley’s ‘The Rising’ will also be used on the soundtrack to the star-studded movie of the same name, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Fiona Shaw, Micheal Neeson, Brendan Coyle, Colin Morgan and David O’Hara which is due to be released next year.

The single is now available for download on iTunes, with all proceeds going to various charities including Crumlin Hospital and Michael Flatley’s Foundation.

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