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January 2018  Current goings-on……………….

 

Well, it’s that time of year and choir directors throughout the land are breathing a sigh of relief. No more oh holy night! For another…10 months, perhaps #itgetsearliereveryyear

But that’s not to suggest the choirs are idle come January.  Sandymount Gospel Choir are back on duty, preparing for some rather special performances at Shannonside Winter Music Festival on January 20th + 21st. We’re also having an Open Night for new members on January 16th. Portmarnock Singers are back in rehearsals and working on our spring programme. The Waltons New School of Music Choir, Sing Your Heart Out resumed on Jan. 11th, with assessments for new members on the 4th.

The Gospel Project had a busy Christmas season, including a really lovely event on Dec. 10th in aid of the Sarah Jennifer Knott foundation as well as our usual wedding commitments. Next up is a fundraiser for the Red Cross Syrian Migration Crisis on Sunday January 28th in the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Featuring special guests the Dublin City Rounders. Further info – here

As usual I’ll be on fiddle duty with The Cabin Crew on the last Thursday of the month, the 25th 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.

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.

 

Also preparing for this fun night of music with tenor Mark Walsh in February:

Looking forward to plenty more music-making in 2018.

peace

Cathy

 

 

 

 

Arthur’s Pub, July 31st 8pm

 

 

 

 

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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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