Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little differently when Sones de México Ensemble along with Seán Cleland and the faculty of the Irish Music School of Chicago explore a little-known chapter in U.S. History. With music, dance and balladry they will combine the fiddles, harps, accordions, foot tapping and voices of Irish jigs and Mexican son to tell the story of Los San Patricios: The Story of the St. Patrick’s Battalion.
In 1846-48, during the Mexican-American War, a volunteer army formed mostly by recent Irish immigrants to the U.S. who called themselves the St. Patrick’s Battalion (or Los San Patricios, in Spanish), fought alongside Mexico against the U.S. expansion and its Manifest Destiny doctrine. They are regarded as heroes in Mexico to this day.
Alex Chávez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Institute for Latino Studies Fellow at the University of Notre Dame and an accomplished musician with Los Condenados Huastecos and Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta, is a consultant on the project.