What I really love about the summer is the opportunities I get to bring my music out into different locations…and especially those on the coast! I just love being by the sea!
On Saturday 10th August I am returning to Castletownbere, and this time bring my Family Music Workshop along with a Harmony Singing one. Both of the workshops will take place in Castletownbere Library and are FREE! You can book your places by email at: email@example.com or by phone to: 027 70233.
The Family Music Workshop will be held from 2-3pm and is for parents and children aged between 4-10 years. This is a fun opportunity to build confidence and learn musical skills together. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and all adults are expected to join in!!
The Harmony Singing Workshop will run from 4.30-6pm and is for all adults and youth who love to sing! We will learn a varied selection of harmony-filled songs, all taught with a ‘call and response’ approach, so no previous experience or music reading skills are needed to join in.
On Wednesday 24th July, I’ll be bringing two Music Workshops into the community of Youghal. This will be my first visit with my music and I’m really excited about meeting new people to share with.
From 1-2pm there will be a Family Music Workshop held in the Methodist Hall on Friar Street. This workshop is aimed at parents and children between 4-10 years old, and is designed as a fun learning opportunity for building confidence and developing musical skills together. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and all adults are expected to join in with the activities! An entrance fee of E5 per person is being asked to help cover expenses.
From 4-6pm, I’ll be leading a Harmony Singing Workshop in Celtic Folk Song. This is part of the programme organised by the Youghal Creative Cultural Pop Up Shop running from 114, North Main Street over the months of July and August. Adults and young people who love to sing are welcome to come along and enjoy learning these harmony-filled songs in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. No previous experience or ability to read music is needed as I teach with a ‘call and response’ approach, making it easy for everyone to join in. This workshop is free of charge.
What a great weekend we had! Thanks to all who joined me at the Pop-Up Jazz Choir Workshop followed by performing on the street….we were great!! You can get a taste of it on this video around 5.25-7.50. Hopefully we’ll do it again next year!
Had a wonderful morning with the River Rhythms Choir at Innishannon House Hotel, near Cork on Saturday. A lovely group and a beautiful venue. Workshop tailor made for the group…who went away delighted and feeling more confident with their coming performance at the Cork Coral Festival next month.
Our choir had a wonderful and insightful session with Caz yesterday in Innishannon. I requested a workshop on balancing voices and wow did Caz work her magic and did not disappoint. Looking forward to having Caz work with our choir again, highly recommended! (Lorraine Flourish – Choir Director)
I’ve had a wonderful few months out in Andalucia and enjoyed meeting and singing with many people. The Comares Revellers up in the Montagnes de Malaga are still going strong after initiating the group back in February 2018. I enjoyed a few performances with them at their local music festival and market as well as leading several classes. In Orgiva we gathered up a small group to sing fortnightly-some who had worked with me previously and some new comers, and they are hoping to keep it going. The new choir I was asked to help start up in Beznar is now named the El Valle Community Choir and I’ve left them with songs, parts, starting notes and a contact for a friend who can also lead singing if they want more help. I’m delighted!!
The highlight of my trip I think has to be playing music with some of the local musicians up at Comares, where I took to the Open Mike stage on two evenings to share some of my World Music collection as well as some of my original and reggae songs.
A quick visit to the UK this week to meet up with family, as well as leading an afternoon of singing in Norwich – ending up with singing through some of the pieces in the wonderful acoustics of the local thatched church, before heading back to Ireland early next week.
For this years’ Ballydehob Jazz Festival I will be leading a workshop to create a Pop-Up Jazz Choir to take out onto the streets before the parade begins on Sunday 5th May. The workshop is open to all and will be from 3-4pm….so come along and join us! Then we will go out onto the streets to have some fun singing our songs ‘Pop-Up’ style in different spots up and down the village. More information can be found nearer the time via the website: www.ballydehobjazzfestival.org