Workshop on ‘Working with harmonies and Arranging Songs for A-Capella – Nov. 2016

The next workshop I am offering takes the time to look at how to bring voices together to create the sound you want and looking at identifying songs for arranging for un accompanied singing. This workshop will be of interest to anyone who enjoys harmony singing – whether they are leading others in song or simply wishing to develop their skills.

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Drums and Brass for the BIG SING! – Oct. 2016

Things are getting really exciting for us as we are heading into the last phase of preparing for our next BIG SING! event on Saturday 15th October for World Mental Health Week at the FeelGood Festival in Bantry. The programme of events for the day looks fantastic, with a parade before we kick off!

As well as adding Brass into our songs we have been working with a group of drummers lead by Jonathan Barlow to produce a sound which will get us all dancing and rocking on the square!!

There are two more public workshops…one this Thursday 6th in the Mealagh Valley Community Hall at 7.30pm and the other on Saturday 8th at the Bantry Christian Fellowship Hall at 3pm.

Next we pray for a dry day for Saturday the 15th…but not that it will put us off as we have the Parochial Hall at the side of Bantry Square at the ready so that we can sing away regardless of the weather.

COME ALONG AND JOIN US!!

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Music and Mosaic Workshops in Killarney -12th and 13th November 2016

A fantastic opportunity for art and music lovers – now is your chance to create some new work, with help from three dedicated original artists – Nathalie El Baba (visual art), Caz Jeffreys (voice) and Ruti Lachs (music).
A weekend workshop is planned for Killarney on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November 2016. The cost of the workshop is only €40, as this project is kindly supported by the Kerry County Council Arts Office.
The workshop, for adults aged 18 and over, takes place on the premises of the Killarney School of Music, where three rooms will be available for a weekend of creativity.
This is a mixed art form project. Participants will be creating mosaic art in response to music, and making music (vocal and/or instrumental) in response to art. There will be a lot of group work, and every individual will have a chance to shine.
No previous experience is needed. The weekend will be fun, informal, and unique.

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Community Singing Workshops ready for the next BIG SING! event.

We have now finalised our programme of ‘open’ community singing workshops which will be delivered in a variety of locations surrounding Bantry in preparation for the next BIG SING! event to be held at the FeelGood Festival on Saturday 15th October. Our thanks goes to Cork Mental Health Forum for their support through the part funding of these workshops. If anyone feels able to give us a hand with distributing posters and flyers in the areas they are located then please let us know! An extra hand or two would be very welcome! Private sessions are also available for groups by arrangement, so if you would like us to come to you location or group then get in touch. Please share this information and help us to gather a lovely large number of singers to enjoy our next BIG SING! Thanks and hope to sing with you at one of these places soon!

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Watch the video fromthe BIG SING! event at Clonaikilty Wellness Week here! June ’16

Our thanks go out to the Cork Mental Health Foundation and Cork ETB for their funding support for the delivery of workshop to various groups within the community, and also to the continued support of the West Cork Mental Health Services.

And also of course to that great team at the Clonakilty Wellness Committee, all the singers and choirs who participated and to YOU the public for coming along and joining us!!

 

Summer Harmonies Singing Workshop in Foynes July ’16

Really looking forwards to returning to Foynes near Limerick on Saturday 23rd July to bring some more harmonies and songs to the community there. In the morning I will be leading a private mentoring session for the local community singing group, ‘Allunde’, and we are inviting people to join us in the afternoon where we will be singing a variety of up lifting and joyous songs.

So come along to Foynes Yacht Club for singing Saturday 23rd July 2-5pm. Cost €20 (€15 concessions/students upon request). Refreshments will be provided.

All are very welcome to come and join us…no previous experience needed. Here is an opportunity to meet ‘Allunde’ and others in your locality and simply enjoy some uplifting group singing!

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Singing and Songwriting with the elderly at Cara House, Skibbereen May 2016

I been enjoying coming in to sing songs and explore percussion with a group of between 30-40 elderly folks on a monthly basis this year. Last week, as a special addition to our sessions to mark Bealtaine, we wrote a song together all about Cara House and what they share together there.Lovely to hear their stories and songs.

I have been bringing guests in with me too…people interested in seeing how I work and in developing their own ideas and skills. The group really enjoyed their visitors too.

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Singing in Skibbereen

We had a great sing yesterday at the Friday Club in Skibbereen. The weather was so inviting and so we had to come out and sing on the street!!

The ‘Little Singing Sessions’ welcomes new people to come along to meet people in a relaxed place over a cuppa and a song from 10.30-11.30am on the second Friday of every month. The Friday Club is funded through HSE and run a variety of weekly sessions and activities – all of which are free. These are all in acknowledgment of how joining in and meeting people is good for our personal and collective wellbeing. So take a break and come along and meet us sometime!

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BIG SING! at Clonakilty Wellness Week May 2016 – A wonderful affair

After arriving at Emmet Square for 7.30am in order to secure a good parking spot, the rain looked to be setting in for the day and so the decision was made to re-locate our event to The Venue in O’Donovans Hotel. We set up in the covered beer garden, decorating the area with all things orange…balloons, banners and bunting.

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Despite the weather around 200 people gathered for the event which proved to be a most beautiful and moving experience….with many hugs and tears towards the end. In fact when I said, “Oh we’re nearly at the end-what a shame”, someone called out, “Let’s start at the beginning again”!

Among those gathered were participants from workshops which had been delivered previous to the event to a number of local community groups to include: Co-Action, The COPE Foundation, Pine Lodge Asylum Seekers, both Clonakilty secondary schools, The Friday Club in Skibbereen and The National Learning Network – who also provided the addition of drumming along to some of the songs.

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Additionally there were people from choirs and singing groups all around the area to include: Acapellabella from Ballydehob, Dunmanway Community Choir, Kinsale Voices, Ceol Na Laoi – Ballincollig Community Choir and the Sunshine Singers from Union Hall.

Prior to the BIG SING! was a performance from the West Cork Inclusive Dance Project along to music provided by The Happiness Ensemble. A beautiful concoction of movement, music and colourful shades of blue in which many individuals’ with special needs participated – including an individual in a wheelchair, who was obviously delighted with being a part of it.

We thank all those who helped to make the day so special..to include the Clonakilty Wellness Committee, Liam the Sound technician , the O’Donovan family for letting us use their wonderful venue which held us all so well, Lee for all the ‘hands on’ site assistance, all the drummers, singers and dancers…and all of you who helped in any way, be it tying up balloons or moving benches.

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We are now preparing and exploring proposals for the next BIG SING! event which will be held in Bantry at the FeelGood Festival on Saturday 15th October. Please do get in touch if you would like to join in!!

Opportunities to learn the BIG SING! song collection before the event

Singing workshops are now lined up under way with the National Learning Network’s drumming group, the COPE Foundation and Co Action groups and the secondary schools in Clonakilty. This BIG SING! event is set to be even more exciting with the inclusion of drummers and the Happiness Ensemble – a Clonakilty based ‘open’ community music group.

There are many sessions which are open for people to come along and learn some of the songs. Below are the sessions booked to date…come along and meet us!!

April

Mon. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 7.30-9pm Family Resource Centre, Dunmanway Community Choir €5

Mon. 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 8.30-9.30pm Blue Haven Cafe, Kinsale Voices €5

Tues. 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th 7-9pm Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Ceol Na Laoi €5

Thurs. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th 9-10pm Ballydehob Community Hall, Acapellabella   €5

Friday 8th , 29th 10.30-11.30am Skibbereen Town Hall (Friday Club) FREE

Saturday 9th 3-5pm Bantry Christian Fellowship Hall €8/€10

May

Tues. 3rd 7-9pm Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Ceol Na Laoi €5

Weds. 4th 7-9pm O’Donovans Hotel, Clonakilty FREE

Thurs. 5th 9-10pm Ballydehob Community Hall, Acapellabella €5

Fri. 6th 10.30-11.30am Skibbereen Town Hall (Friday Club) FREE