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August 2019  Current goings-on………………

Well, since I have your attention,  I’d like you to check out my newest video –

I wrote this piece for a wedding, wanting to write something within the Irish tradition but with a modern twist. When you record audio you can capture as many takes of yourself as you like and layer them all of top of each other, but try doing that live 🙂 This video captures the idea pretty closely though, with multiple Cathys on violin and viola! Made possible by the wise and clever people of Kerbute Productions. 

The Gospel Project are back on wedding duty, the bells having started ringing as soon as spring kicked in. So far this summer we’ve raised roofs from Belfast to Clonakilty, with weddings in barns, outdoor ceremonies on the edge of the Atlantic (in high winds, not for the faint-hearted!) and, my personal favourite, one featuring an alpaca ring-bearer. You really do see it all at weddings 🙂

As usual I’ve been on fiddle duty with the The Whole Hog throughout the year, see our website for forthcoming gigs and events. A rather special gig this month is a Riverwide reunion gig  on August 16th in The Cobblestone, Dublin. One of the most fun bands I’ve ever played in back together for the first time in years.

Choir-wise, things are much quieter at this time of year. July and August are the 2 months when choir directors get to breathe a little, with most choirs breaking for the summer. Other than the Department of Enterprise and The Gospel Project, all of my choral groups are on Summer break at the moment. Nice to have some evenings free, and take the opportunity to plan repertoire and rehearsals the coming term.

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Some of the weird and wonderful events I’ve been involved in over the past wee while……

I’ve just concluded my first year at the helm of Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, having returned to the scene of my earliest gospel music crimes last August…. (I was a founder member of GSGC, got my earliest conducting experience there, moved on in 2005 and, a mere 13 years later, came back to wave my arms at them again). We had a brilliant year which included  a terrific performance at the Five Lamps Arts Festival on April 7th,  headlining the Gospel Rising Festival as well as singing our hearts out at mass every Sunday night in ‘God’s gaff’ (St. Francis Xavier’s Church)!

Portmarnock Singers concluded a great year’s music making with our summer concert on May 10th  – https://www.facebook.com/events/2170140799944759/

and Sandymount Gospel Choir are fresh from a pretty awesome concert on Fri. 24th May.

May also saw the conclusion of Clamour and Roar, a choral/theatre project I’ve been working on since October 2018, at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght under the directorship of Veronica Coburn.

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My return to the wonderful world of Gardiner Street Gospel Choir got off to a rip roaring start on August 22nd with a performance at the RDS for the World Meeting of Families.

A Valentine’s Day special with tenor Mark Walsh and pianist Francesco Amatucci

October  2016: The Lazy Band album launch

In My Garden is a celebration of a musical experiment among friends who have long delighted in the sharing of good music with each other and with local Dublin audiences. The 14-track album is a collection of original and traditional songs, tunes, covers and poetry recorded over a week in January at the Galway home of Josh’s aunt Lorna, dubbed “the potting shed”. www.thelazyband.ie
www.thelazyband.ie

Summer 2016: Arts Council Travel & Training Award

I was rather pleased about this. I received a Travel & Training Award from the Arts Council of Ireland to travel to the U.S, to St. John’s University, Minnesota, where I attended an amazing course with the prestigious VoiceCare Network, learning in greater depth about vocal pedagogy, and further developing my skills as a choral conductor. A brilliant opportunity for which I’m very grateful.

July 2015 Heard You Call My Name released!

The latest single from my new EP is now available from iTunes_Badge_Small_44x15

Penned by yours truly and performed with raucous energy by The Gospel Project, this first single from the Letters to Loved Ones EP is guaranteed to have you humming and clapping along. Or your 99c back 🙂 Enjoy.

Letters to Loved Ones EP now available to download!

Cathy McEvoy EP online cover

Sure why not buy the whole EP while you’re at it. Yes, it’s finally happening. It’s been epic. Singers have lost their voices. Files have been corrupted. Engineers have disappeared from the face of the earth. But a few broken strings and quite a few grey hairs later, Letters to Loved Ones has now been unleashed. Just click here to enjoy my quirky blend of gospel, alt rock and folk.  I hope you like it. iTunes_Badge_Small_44x15

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Bamboo Sessions June 7th 2015, St. Finian’s Church, Dublin 2

The Bamboo Sessions Quartet with Danny G + the Major 7ths. Photography - Kate Turner

The Bamboo Sessions Quartet with Danny G + the Major 7ths.
Photography – Kate Turner

This was one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve participated in in a long time. A singer-songwriter night with a difference: live string quartet. 6 Dublin-based songwriters – myself, Danny G, Celine Carroll, Edel Meade, Enda Reilly and Sive – performed our own songs and each others in arrangements for string quartet prepared specially for the event. The quartet featured myself and Imogen Gunner on violins,  Mary Barnecutt on cello and Niamh Roche on viola. Lovely venue, great crowd and a terrific evening’s music. Who could ask for anything more?

Under My Bed 2015

On Friday March 13th, a piece of mine for SATB choir, piano, cello and soprano soloist, was premiered as part of Under My Bed in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. If you missed it last year, Under My Bed is an extraordinary project; people from the arts world and beyond are invited to write a short piece on the theme ‘under my bed’, the resulting works are then performed over several magical nights in one of Dublin’s most charming venues, and most importantly, vital funds are raised  for children’s charity Barnardos.

I assembled a special ‘Under My Bed’ Mixed Voice Choir for the event, all of whom are shared their talents freely and out of sheer goodwill.I still can’t believe my good fortune in getting the singers and musicians I did on board. Here we are pictured during rehearsal…the furrowed brows testify to the fact that the piece is a little tricky! But the performance went very well indeed. Delighted to have been part of this marvellous event. UMBrehearsal

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