Singing ‘The Rossport Song’ / ‘Ó, Ró, Shell “Gabh chun sáile!!’, and playing the air and slip-jig ‘Per I Morti di Reggio Emilia’, at the Glór na hAoise concert of “Songs of Solidarity and Resistance” a.k.a the ‘Songs for Rossport’ project, at which will be launched an album of songs and poetry which come out of the political resistance to the intransigence and arrogance of Shell in West Mayo over the last fifteen years.
The song was written by Fintan originally in 2008, but only completed and sung for the Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast, October 2015. The air ‘Per I Morti di Reggio Emilia’ (‘For the Martyrs of Reggio Emilia’) is the air of a model anti-fascist song by Turin architect Fausto Amodei, one of the Cantacronache radical song collective, who became the first ‘singing congressman’ when he was elected to the Italian parliament in 1968. The song remains a profound socialist anthem in Italy, as its lyrics celebrate five anti-facist trade unionists murdered in Reggio Emilia in July, 1960. It was picked up by Fintan when he chanced on the huge annual commemoration there in 1973. The slip-jig which follows was developed from the air by Fintan in the 1980s.