Malachy stood behind the bar and told his customers stories. I stood before the blackboard and told my students stories. At holiday gatherings we told our families stories. They said, "Why not get together, cobble these stories into a script and tell the world.
This show is the result of Frank and myself listening to the stories of our elders which in turn tunes the ear, the eye and the tongue to observe and give voice to even the most trivial of events. I think we had more fun than anyone writing and performing "Blaguards" which has become an affectionate term for the rowdy outgoing and sometimes drinking sort boys. If you dont have a good evening, you should have yourself checked to make sure you havent died during the day. Blessings!
FRANK McCOURT taught high school and college English for three decades in New York andoccasionally, Dublin. Franks memoir, Angelas Ashes, published in September of 1996 by Scribner, was honored with The Pulitzer Prize for literature, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Boston Book Reviews Non-Fiction prize, the Abbey Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His second book, Tis, another bestseller, was released in the fall of 1999. A major motion picture based on Angelas Ashes starring Emily Watson and Robert Carlisle premiered late the same year. As a speaker, Frank is always in demand, having spoken at countless special events, colleges and universities worldwide. He has been keynote speaker at the White House on several occasions, and his dedication to education and the teaching profession have even prompted invitations from Congressional commitees focusing on education in America.
Howard Platt asked Frank to sing the songs in Blaguards. (Accompanied by Michael McCourt:)
Malachy McCourt was born in Brooklyn, USA and from the age of
three was raised in Limerick, Ireland. A very undistinguished academic
career plus the need to eat led him to leave school at the age of thirteen
to begin work in Ireland and England as a laborer.