West Cork Feel Good festival 9th-10th October 2015

This has been a busy period of time for me and my choirs since returning back after the summer. As well as hosting sessions to learn the songs for the West Cork BIG SING! which is being launched at the first ever West Cork Feel Good Festival in Bantry, Acapellabella is busy rehearsing for the Friday evening concert. This new festival is being supported by local organisation to mark World Mental Health Day and to promote positive mental health within the West Cork community. Here’s wishing the event every success.Poster for Fri Concert

Community Choirs returning after summer break

Well the summer is pretty much behind us now and as we’re heading into the autumn I am preparing new repertoires and songs for my community choirs. Even though each group has a different focus this term, we still hope to come together to sing again at some point again soon.

Here’s a bit about each groups’ activities this coming period:

Acapellabella….. started back last week and are currently meeting in the side room of the Community Hall to accommodate more numbers due to their involvement in the West Cork BIG SING! Each week leading up to the event on Saturday 10th October in Bantry the choir are hosting “Open Session” in which guests can come along from 8.30-10pm and learn the songs which we will be singing on mass in Bantry Square. All are very welcome to come along and join us. The choir will also be performing as part of the West Cork FeelGood Festival activities in the evening concert on Friday 9th at 8pm in the Mariner Hotel, Bantry. So…working hard this term!!

Kinsale Voices……are resuming their Monday night weekly classes this coming Monday 14th September from 7.30-9.30pm, temporarily in the VIP room in Hamlets Bar until the Blue Haven Cafe is available again at the end of their busy summer season. The group are currently working on extending their Jazz style set and are looking forwards to some performance opportunities soon. If you are interested in joining the group you can get in touch on 087 962 6000 to find out when is a good point for you to come along.

Ceol Na Laoi……will be starting back this coming Tuesday 15th September from 7-9pm and are looking forwards to their new venue and relationship with the Colaiste Choilm school in Ballincollig. This relatively new choir would like to encourage a wide representation of the community and aim to be as inclusive as possible. The group encourage exchange and networking opportunities with other groups and organisations in their area and hope to get involved in their locality on a regular basis. They are currently building up their repertoire which is of a varied nature.

National Choral Singing Week and the West Cork BIG SING!

Perhaps you may not be aware that the Association of Irish Choirs in association with Mental Health Ireland promotes 4th-11th October as National Coral Singing Week. All around Ireland choirs will be sharing their songs to promote singing as a positive attribute to mental health.


The West Cork BIG SING! includes both individuals and choir members of AOIC and I am delighted to be organising West Corks’ first BIG SING! event in Bantry which I hope will continue on into the future with events involving more choirs as well as members of the public and towns throughout West Cork.

This first West Cork BIG SING! is part of a programme being organised at the new West Cork FeelGood Festival being held in Bantry. For those of you on facebook here is their page:


If you have a festival or event in aid of mental health, or wish to get involved in any way please do get in touch.