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)

Singing Workshop with TY students at Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty Spring 2017

Had a wonderful day singing with the Transition Year students last week. Such enthusiastic and quick learners. Three songs in between 3-6 part harmonies. They said they’d love to do a flashmob in Cork sometime…we’ll see!!

They loved this African song….take a listen!

“Bonse Abe”

TY Student Choir In Clonakilty

Delighted to have led a session with this gorgeous group of girls for the Convent School, learning a couple of the BIG SING! collection of songs ready for this coming Saturday 7th May at Clonaklty Wellness Week. They were amazing! Looking forwards to singing some more with them soon!

Here’s a short video of our short session learning Stand by Me.


Youth Mental Health Day in Dunmanway – March 2016

Great music session on the Cumascu Wellness bus with secondary students from Clonakilty, Bantry, Dunmanway and Schull.  Drumming, body percussion, singing, shakin’, guitar playing….they were such an enthusiastic group! Fantastic. Also working alongside WCMHS arts and mental health coordinator Kevin Shanahan and Nick on his music technology and wacky experimental vocals!! Great to be in a team and hope to be doing more of that in the future.

The Cumascu bus is getting re-vamped and we will hopefully be able to do more music projects based from it this year.

Cumascu Bus

A Right Ol’ Song and Dance!

I am starting a new Youth Music project this coming Autumn from The Attic Youth Cafe in Bantry. In this project I aim to provide a sporting and creative environment for 12-18 year olds to explore their voices in Acapella harmony singing. We will be including movement and dance and they will be encouraged to share their own ideas into the content.

The group will run on Monday evenings from 5-6.30pm from now up until Xmas, with a view to continuing into the next year.

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.