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Halloween with the Dublin Gospel Choir

31 October 2011

The 28th October was as close to Halloween night as you'll get, if you happened to attend the Phantom FM 5th Birthday party that is!  The Dublin Gospel Choir were lucky enough to be invited to sing with several other acts.  It was the best fun we've had in a while; the entire audience were in fancy dress and there were some creative 'ensembles' out there! 

Two evenings later saw us performing in the National Concert Hall as support to the visiting Harlem Gospel Choir.  The audience were a tad more formal but the atmosphere of Halloween was still in evidence with several members of the group heading off afterwards in fancy dress to Halloween parties.  Yours truly was too tired and headed home!!!

PS  The Harlem Gospel Choir were fab.

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Heavenly Duets!

07 October 2011

It was my great pleasure to be booked along with Sinead from the Dubin Gospel Choir to sing at a wedding in Adam and Eve Church in Merchants Quay.  We were accompanied by Damian Gallagher and all three of us really enjoyed working together.  It was a very 'busy' ceremony with lots of singing, culminating in Sul'aria from The Marriage of Figaro.  Not your usual wedding ceremony exit song in fairness, but boy did Sinead and I enjoy singing it!!

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Verdi's Requiem

29 September 2011

We, that is Our Lady's Choral Society, and I, under the baton of Prionnsias O Duinn, performed Verdi's Requiem tonight in the National Concert Hall.  The choir, as always, sang their hearts out and sounded absolutely excellent.  The soloists were all top singers in their field and the audience, quite rightly, gave us a standing ovation at the end of the night.

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International Gospel in Liberty Hall

24 September 2011

Back with the Gospel Choir this evening.  This time we were  one of the acts at an International Gospel Choirs evening held in Libery Hall.  We were sharing the bill with choirs from Britain and the USA.  It was particularly gratifying to sing with the Americans whose roots are in this music and have been singing gospel for a very long time.  I'm glad to say we totally held our own with them on the night.

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Double Jobbing!

18 September 2011

What a busy day yesterday wassurprise.  I had a church wedding at 1.00 in Newbridge, followed by a Jazz gig with my twosome (Steve McGrath and myself) in Luttrelstown Castle.   

The wedding was really wonderful, partly because Julieanne, the bride, picked a lot of my favourite songs.  I'm very lucky with church weddings as I so often get to sing songs I really love.  I was accompanied on this occasion by Vincent Lynch.  I sang backing vocals with Vincent many a time during concerts with the RTE Concert Orchestra, but hadn't actually worked with him as a pianist.  He was really amazing and played everything to perfection.

I was equally blessed with Steve for the evening gig, which was a corporate event for visiting Americans.  Steve is up there with the best pianists around and working with him is always musically very rewarding and he's great fun too, which always helps!

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To the rescue, again.....!!

11 September 2011

There must be something in the air.   My friend Emma, from the Legato Singers, found herself unwell, having only very recently delivered her first child (a healthy boy!!).  She rang to ask me to stand in for her yesterday for a church wedding in Templeogue.  I so enjoyed the challenge of learning new material – two beautiful wedding songs which weren't in my current repertoire – and of singing Rutter's "Gaelic Blessing" which actually features on my website but I rarely get an opportunity to sing it.  I was accompanied by Davnat on keyboards, with whom I've worked before.  It was funny at the end of the wedding to be thanked from the altar as "Emma" and to have so many people come up to me afterwards to ask about the "recent birth of my baby"!!!!!!

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Fidelma to the rescue.....

09 September 2011

I had a panic call from my sister last night, who was in the throes of a very bad throat infection, to see if I could sing at a wedding for which she was booked earlier today.  Thankfully I was free and was delighted to oblige.  Mary, the sister, is a harpist and singer and it's nice to get an opportunity to harmonise with her and work with the unique sound of an Irish Harp to boot smiley.

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Brian Wilson in the Grand Canal Theatre

08 September 2011

Anyone who knows me will know that harmony singing is one of my passions. So when someone like Brian Wilson (from the Beach Boys) is coming to town, you can be sure I'm first in the queue to buy a ticket.  I've seen him a few times over the years but last night's concert in the Grand Canal Theatre was definitely the best.  I think it was because he and his amazing 10 piece band were starting their European Tour so they were all relaxed and in very good form.  He does tire quite a bit these days so I think we got the best of him in Dublin.  Without a doubt, one of the, if not the, best concerts I've ever been at.  Actually, I'm such a fan, I waited 'til everyone but the crew were gone and got myself a set list from the stage, which is up on my wall at home, taking pride of place, along with the ticket for the concert.  Sad or what??!!!!

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Electric Picnic

05 September 2011

Well, I never thought I'd be one of the artistes at Electric Picnic but, when you sing with Dubin Gospel Choir, you never quite know where you're going to end up!  We had an absolutely fabulous gig and I think I can safely say, the audience thorougly enjoyed the gig as much as we did.  It was lashing rain when we started but very soon, the weather improved and we got a huge crowd.  We like to think we were personally responsible for bringing out the sunshine for the day smiley

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Wedding in Portmarnock

20 August 2011

I had the great pleasure of working with my very talented flautist, pianist and singer friend, Damian, yesterday at Fiona and Paul's church wedding in Portmarnock.  The day was beautiful and the church had been very nicely decorated for the big event.  The  couple picked a really lovely selection of songs and it was so enjoyable to sing them.  In fact, here's a little clip of us both singing the duet from Phantom of the Opera, "All I Ask Of You".  

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A very busy few days of singing....

14 August 2011

I sang at the funeral of a really lovely lady in Kilmacud last Saturday.  I was with a few of the girls from DunLaoghaire Choral Society and a nicer bunch you couldn't meet.

Friday saw Girl-Talk heading down to the Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey, Co. Wexford for a rather special wedding.  This was one of those weddings where you realise that Ireland has, thankfully, moved out of the middle ages and into a new and enlightened era.  The wedding was a same sex celebration and we couldn't have been happier than to have the honour of playing for the very happy couple and their guests.  

Sunday saw me don the purple and gold robes of the Dublin Gospel Choir for their much anticipated Night of Soul in their 'spiritual home' of Church Street.  It was an amazing night of music and all the money raised went to their Capuchin homeless charity.

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Gigging with The Heartbeats

24 July 2011

Ah, yes, my old pals the Heartbeats!  I don't see a lot of them these days but I actually sang in Bermuda with them twice, in the past, where they were the featured band at the annual World Rugby Classic festival.  Last night I was singing with them in the Marriott Hotel in Ashbourne.  The wedding was spectacular; Joanne, the bride had obviously put a lot of thought into all the finer details of the day, and she looked absolutely stunning.  She had her friends in the Dublin Gospel Choir provide the music for the Church ceremony and they were their usual very impressive selves.

John Lowe and the boys (and Michelle and myself) did her proud and her guests filled the floor and danced their legs off all evening.

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Glee Club Summer Camp

15 July 2011

I answered a call of desperation on Sunday night last, to Therese  of "All Events" whose Glee Summer Camp singing teacher was suddenly unavailable.  With trepidation I agreed to take over the reins for the week.  It was the hardest work I've done in a long time!!!!  However, it was rewarding and when the group performed their show on Friday afternoon to delighted and proud parents and friends, it made it all worth while.

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Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, 2011

09 July 2011

This was a truly spectacular gig.  I was singing with the Mick Walsh Band who I've done backing vocals with on and off for several years now and the enthusiasm of the guys has never waned.  No two nights are ever the same with them and this one didn't disappoint.  I should mention I was aided and abetted in my task by Keri, of Girl-Talk fame!  We totally rocked the St. Georges Yacht Club, with Mick, the lead singer, absolutely on fire.  I got some wonderful pictures of the night which I will upload shortly!smiley The gig was preceded by a sumptuous meal in Hartley's Restaurant – one to be added to my fav. places to eat:-)

Mick Walsh Band live

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Music for a worthy cause

04 July 2011

I sang at two very satisfying gigs in the first week of July, with the Dublin Gospel Choir.  I say satisfying, not only because the DGC are such an amazing bunch of singers, but more so because both gigs were for charity.  The first was a very moving commemorative mass in Cherry Orchard, Ballyfermot, for members of their community who have died from addiction; the second was a fund raising afternoon of music for the Blackrock Hospice.  It was great to be a part of both.

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Long, wet, fruitful day in Kilkenny:-)

29 June 2011

I do pity any bride getting married these days in Ireland as no one can predict the weather anymore.  Brides in March and April had sweltering sunshine while brides in May and June have been unforgivingly rained upon!

That was the case with lovely bride Michelle, on Friday last.  I sang at her church ceremony at 1 with the hilarious Fr. Joe Kennedy of Mount Argus fame as Master of Ceremonies, so to speak!  The Church was quaint and picturesque and the rain didn't dampen anyone's spirits as Michelle's friends were very well prepared for it with lovely big white umbrellas supplied in the porch of the church and not one word of complaint out of anyone.

Fr. Joe is a scream and never before have I had an ongoing chat with the priest from the Gallery (where I was singing) to the altar during the ceremony!!  He was only short of putting in requests for his favourite songs!

Later that evening, myself and my band, Girl-Talk provided the entertainment at the reception and my brother Dermot of Fresh DJ's ran the disco.  A great night was had by all and everyone danced the legs off themselves!  

I got home around 3 a.m., tired but happy:-)

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Hob nobbing in the K Club!

26 June 2011

Had two wonderful evenings in the K Club last week – Thursday and Sunday evenings, providing entertainment to the good people of Dubai Duty Free who were sponsoring the Irish Derby since Thursday last.

Mary, the sister, and I are collectively known as Tara when we're doing our Irish Traditional thing – she playing the harp and accompanying our vocals.  Both nights the audience were absolutely adorable and sang along with everything.  They couldn't have been nicer and despite being of varying nationalities they seemed to know how to sing along with almost everything.  Our Irish songs have certainly taken hold around the world.

One last thing…………..the coffee and biscuits after the gig will remain in my memory for a long time………..yum!

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News Page Launched

24 June 2011

fidelma pictureWelcome to my news page

Having a busy weekend – details to follow!

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