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.

WCBS Summer Singing Picnic(2)

Songwriting Week on the Beara Peninsula August 19th – 25th August ’17

Really looking forwards to running and fully submerging into a week of creative songwriting and musical exploration. Anam Cara is situated in such a beautiful and peaceful location and Sue is a wonderful host. This popular Writers Retreat host an array of wonderful workshops and I am delighted to have been invited to contribute to this years programme. Please contact Sue for further information and to book your place. Come along and treat yourself!

'Explore your musical self'

Opportunity to join a choir with Caz and travel to the UK Choir Festival in St. Alban’s October 20-23rd 2017

I am putting together a choir to take along to this exciting choir festival filled with opportunities to work with great facilitators. If you are interested in joining us then get in touch soon for more info. Tickets are selling fast!!! Check the festival website and the programme to see what’s on.

Little Sings at the Friday Club, Skibbereen – October 2016

Starting back our monthly ‘Little Sings’ at the Town Hall this week…Friday 21st, from 11am-12 midday. These sessions are open to anyone wanting to come along…we hope you will want to join in, but all are welcome to simply come along and listen. Tea and coffee available too! So drop in to this Free monthly get together and come and meet some new people. This initiative is supported by HSE.


Association Of Irish Choirs now offering more support to the Community Choir Sector – October 2016

At last!! Since I started the MA in Community Music course at UL in 2013 I have been discussing on and off with the AOIC about ways in which they can offer more support to the community choir sector. And finally here we go…..Check out this link – they opened it with a feature written by myself about what I do. I hope many of you may find this new section on their website to be useful for you and your groups too.

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.