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November 2017   Current goings-on……………….

As usual I’ll be fiddling at Uncle Tom’s, Dundrum with The Cabin Crew on the last Thursday of the month, November 30th.

The choirs are all in full swing as well. Both Sandymount Gospel Choir and Portmarnock Singers are busy preparing for Christmas performances. The Waltons New School of Music Choir, Sing Your Heart Out, has commenced its Autumn term, with plenty of new members as well as quite a few familiar faces.  I’ve also commenced work with a new work-place choir, in Dublin’s Brown Thomas.

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.

The Gospel Project have just wrapped up a busy wedding season, (not many people get married in November!) and are now preparing for a raft of Christmas performances, including an event of Dec. 10th in aid of the Sarah Jennifer Knott foundation.

The Whole Hog continues to keep my fiddlin’ fingers busy, see our website for forthcoming gigs and events.

What else? On the recording front, the McEvoy women have been doing some recording at Panchord Studio….. with Eleanor and I  putting some string parts on some tunes of mine and Marion’s. Just finished some recording with Helena Byrne  and, before that, with Clara Rose. Clara’s currently recording her second album at Orphan Recording. Delighted to be a part of  it

 

 

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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

As you can see 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  are taking a break for the summer, after a very successful year which 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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Fri. October 14th 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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