A new Singing Group for Men in Ballydehob September 2017

After the great success of a few taster sessions with a group of guys earlier on this summer, the Roaring Water Boys (named after the bay) will be starting up for men to come together and enjoy singing in an informal and relaxed setting. We will be meeting upstairs in Rosies Bar, Ballydehob on Monday evenings from 8-10pm.

I am really looking forwards to more singing with these guys, which is a real change for me as I feel I have been leading all female groups for so long now.

All men in the area are welcomed to come along to have a listen to what we are up to.

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Catch a Choir Day and BIG SING! for choirs in Ballincollig for Mental Health Week in October 2017

The next West Cork BIG SING! event is well into it’s planning stages now as we prepare for a collaboration with Ceol na Laoi – Ballincolligs’ Community Choir, to mark Mental Health Week on Saturday 14th October. Local choirs with a focus on mental health and inclusive singing will be performing their songs for free in a number of venues around Ballincollig to promote singing as an inclusive activity for community wellbeing. Further information on the choirs and locations they can be heard in will be confirmed soon. To follow, the participating choirs will enjoy an evening of performing for each other and share in a BIG SING! together to close the day.

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The GraceNotes project comes together with the Clonakilty Jazz Collective to perform in De Barras in December 2107

The next GraceNotes Vocal Performance Project will be working with the Clonakilty Jazz Collective to bring together a short set to perform at the Sunday Jazz Sessions in De Barras on 10th December which runs between 3-5pm at the Folk Club. Following an impromptu jam together at the Jazz Session earlier this summer we decided that we’d like the opportunity to share some more music together. This set will touch on blues and soul and will also feature another of my own compositions, ‘Shine a little Love’ which will be sung a-cappella.

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WCBS Singing Picnic at Myross Wood….a beautiful day indeed!! July 2017

What a delightful sunny day was had spent in the beautiful walled gardens of Myross Wood Retreat Centre, Leap with many singers from at least four different choirs showing up along side members of the public to share food and song together.  A big thanks to all who showed up and to Myross Wood for making us feel so welcome.

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Singing Picnic at Myross Wood Retreat Centre July 2017

I have only recently discovered the beautiful venue of Myross Wood and am delighted to be welcomed to hold this event there. As well as a picnic, the day will encompass workshops and the opportunity to hear something of some of the choirs local to the area. This is the first West Cork BIG SING! Singing Picnic and the hope is to hold more in various locations around West Cork…. and further afield.

Programme of the day:

11am: Tea, coffee and chat about the West Cork BIG SING! project and it’s possible future direction and activities.

12pm: Songwriting workshop, “What singing (and/or being part of a choir) means to me”.

1pm: Singing Circle – a warm up session singing short and easy songs with Jane Goss.

2pm: Picnic – bring a chair, blanket and food and drink to share. Choirs sing!

2.30pm: Childrens’ Singing Session with Lisa Canty (under 5’s to be accompanied by an adult)

3.30pm: Singing Workshop – a combination of larger songs from the existing BIG SING! collection plus some new ones with Caz Jeffreys.

5.00pm: Social: A chance to drink tea, chat and to take the time to walk around the grounds, enjoying the beautiful trails before you leave.

Suggested donation of €10 per person

In the event of bad weather the event will continue with ample sized indoor spaces to meet, sing and picnic together.

Children are welcome and parents must take full responsibility for their safety.

If you need to bring your dog, please ensure that they are kept on a lead.

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