Coláiste Choilm Trad Group having concert to launch CD

Aaron Moran

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Coláiste Choilm Trad Group having concert to launch CD

The Coláiste Choilm Trad Group will launch their recently recorded CD by holding a concert in the school hall on March 8 at 7:30pm.

The organisers commented, "The painstaking process, which started last September, of selecting tunes and many hours of hard graft perfecting arrangements culminated with the recording of the CD this January. The CD was recorded in Joe Egan’s recording studio at The Nutshed Studio in Clara.

"The concept of the CD is Cairde Cheolmhara Coláiste Choilm (The Musical Friends of Coláiste Choilm). Having a particular strong cohort of traditional musicians this year, we felt it was the perfect opportunity to record the school’s second Trad Group CD."

The current group is made up of Fintan Hughes, Stephen Coleman, Daire McDaid, Darragh Ryan, Seán Brady and Brian Whittaker (First Year), Diarmuid Brady (Second Year) and Ciaran Whelan, Ciaran Brennan and Cathal Brady (Fifth Year). Additional artists who perform on the CD are all friends of the school’s music community including, current staff, past pupils and traditional music legends, Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney, who have been very generous in giving their time to visit Coláiste Choilm on occasion over the last few years.

Performers on the night of the launch concert will include the Coláiste Choilm Trad Group, James Hogan and friends, Dermot Byrne, Steve Cooney and a few surprise guests along the way.

A family friendly evening jam packed with the best of traditional Irish music, singing and dancing is guaranteed!

Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney will perform a Tunes and Arrangement Workshop before the concert. The workshop is open to the general public and traditional musicians. Participants will work with both Dermot and Steve and get to perform the arrangement learned with them at the CD Launch Concert later that night.

Admission on the night is €10 for Adults, €5 for Children and OAPs with family tickets costing €20.

Please see the school Facebook page www.facebook.com/colaistechoilmtullamore for more details.