NEXT Thursday will see an event with a difference taking place in Tullamore.
The children of the Unit at Ballinamere National School will be taking centre stage at a night of song and poetry in aid of the Marian Junior School, Charleville Cottage Autism Respite and Ballinamere National School.
‘Offaly Express’ news reporter Grace O’Dea spoke to the children of “Units of Rock” at Ballinamere National School about their band:
“When I arrived at Ballinamere National School, the children of Units of Rock were in their stage gear, ahead of a performance for the school. With spiked coloured hair, face paint and even pink wigs, the children definitely had the rock look perfected.
Their excitement was infectious as they told me about their group. “We are famous,” Fiachrae “Lightening Bolt” Underwood told me. Ever the professional he told me that the group would be performing in front of their 200 schoolmates, but there was not a nerve in sight.
“We are used to it. Rock stars have to do it,” said Daniel “the crackin” Bracken.
Jay “Jage the Rage” Coogan was sporting a hairstyle that would make Jedward envious and face make up to rival any member of Poison.
Gabby “Alanis” Hannon looked every inch the popstar with her pink wig as she told me “I want to be a singer and an actress.”
Hugh “You Tube” Grennan and Daniel “Danny D” Dunne said they were both looking forward to the concert and were both sporting out of this world spiked dyed hairstyles.
John “Mr Rhythm” Stevenson was the one who came with the name of the band and told me he liked both pop and country music and was a fan of Pink Floyd and Garth Brookes.
Jack “Jack Attack” Conroy said he enjoyed when the crowd screamed and asked for more.
Adam “the Warrior” Duzel and Eliodore “Sam the Samster” Samonte were not at the concert that day but are also very important members of the band.
The children are no strangers to fame, they even have their own youtube channel which can be found by searching for Units of Rock.
Before I finished speaking to the children, they gave me a fantastic rendition of Katie Perry’s “Firework”.
Not many groups can do an acapella version on the spot, but for the Units of Rock it was all in a day’s work.
One of the children’s songs on their Youtube channel is “What makes us beautiful”, a favourite of the group.
With talent such as this, it’s easy to see what makes this group beautiful.