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June 2018  Current goings-on………………

Wow, the month of May went by in a mad haze of concerts, weddings, competitions and exams (my students’, not mine!) It’s always a manic month, but I must say I enjoy it; always feels like the culmination of something, an opportunity to show off everything we’ve been working on throughout the year.

So what next? The Waltons New School of Music Choir, Sing Your Heart Out , will be performing in the National Concert Hall on June 11th as well as giving an in-house concert in Waltons on June 14th.  Brown Thomas choir are fresh from a very impressive performance at the Work Place Choir of the Year competition and continuing to work away on new material through the summer.

The Gospel Project  are back on wedding duty, after the normal wedding hiatus at the beginning of the year. We’ll be raising roofs at wedding celebrations the length and breadth of Ireland in the coming months.

As usual I’ll be on fiddle duty with the Lazy Band on the last Monday of the month, the 25th, at Arthurs bar, Dublin. Also fiddling away with The Cabin Crew on the last Thursday of the month, the 28th, 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 recently 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.

And finally, I’ve just been appointed Musical Director of Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, a role I’ll take up in September. I’m going back to my roots! Gardiner Street is where this whole ‘working with choirs’ thing started for me, when a friend of mine, Kevin Kelly, had what then sounded like the crazy idea of setting up a gospel choir in north Dublin, in March 2000 and invited me to join. I loved every minute of singing in the choir, went on to become its Assistant Conductor and, arising from that, founded The Gospel Project, ended up working with loads of other choirs, and met some amazing people. And now I’m going back to wave my arms at them again. Can’t wait.

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

Portmarnock Singers finished off their choir year with a performance in Kilkenny as guests of the fabulous In Caelo. A lovely performance from both choirs, in St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny on May 26th.

Sandymount Gospel Choir gave a stormer of a concert the same weekend, in the Aviva Stadium (well, nearly! It was Lansdowne Football Club) Footage to follow!

Portmarnock Singers also enjoyed a joint concert with Boru choir in Portmarnock at the end of April.

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

 

 

 

 

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. Last 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 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!

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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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