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April 2018  Current goings-on………………

The choirs are keeping me busy as usual;  Sandymount Gospel Choir are fresh from a weekend of terrific performances at  Shannonside Winter Music Festival and are now turning our attention to the Spring/Summer concert season, culminating in a performance at Lansdowne Football Club on May 26th. Portmarnock Singers are back in rehearsals and working on our spring programme, with a joint performance with Boru choir on April 29th in Portmarnock, then off to Kilkenny on May 25th for a concert with In Caelo

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The Waltons New School of Music Choir, Sing Your Heart Out , is just back Easter break, welcoming some new members to the fold for the final term of the year. Meanwhile, the Brown Thomas choir are busy preparing for the semi-final of Lyric FM’s Workplace Choir of the Year competition in April.

The Gospel Project  are back on wedding duty, after the normal wedding hiatus at the beginning of the year. We found time to run a special fundraiser in January though, for the Red Cross Syrian Migration Crisis in the Teachers’ Club, featuring special guests the Dublin City Rounders  and raised €450 for this excellent cause. Further info – here

As usual I’ll be on fiddle duty with The Cabin Crew on the last Thursday of the month, the 26th at Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Dundrum. Some of the finest acoustic music to be heard in South Dublin….  and it’s free! Do come along.

What else? The Whole Hog continues to keep my fiddlin’ fingers busy, see our website for forthcoming gigs and events. And I’ve just been appointed to the National Concert Hall‘s panel of facilitators for Music in Mind, a programme which brings ensemble music-making to people with mental health concerns.

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Some of the weird and wonderful events I’ve been involved in over the past year or so….

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

 

 

Waltons end of year concert took place in the National Concert Hall on June 19th. Another terrific year rounded off with a lovely performance by our Sing Your Heart Out Choir

Sandymount Gospel Choir played a stormer at the Aviva stadium (kind of! Lansdowne Football Club, which is part of the Aviva complex) on May 26th, raising much-needed funds for the Sandymount Matero programme and providing a terrific evening’s entertainment while we went about it! The evening also featured the glorious barbershop harmonies of our special guests the Sea Sharps

Portmarnock Singers  2016-17 choir year included a performance in the Rathaus, Vienna as well as competing across multiple categories in both Navan Choral Festival and AIMS Choral Festival

 Fundraiser for St. Lawrence Home of Hope, Lusaka

I’m an occasional volunteer at St. Lawrence Home of Hope , Zambia, an inspiring project which has transformed the lives of many boys and young men living on the streets of Lusaka. On Sun. 20th November I ran a fundraiser for the project, which brought in over €2000.  Presenting the contribution to the Home of Hope was a great feeling. Thanks so much to all those who so generously donated.  

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  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’m rather pleased about this. Last year 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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