Irish/World Music Song and Dance Celebration
Wednesday, 16th March, 2011
By Louise Browne
KYLEMORE COLLEGE in the heart of Ballyfermot hosted a fantastic afternoon of craic, on the eve of St Patrick’s Day, to celebrate Irish and World Music, Song and Dance with a collection of students from various CDETB schools and colleges coming together to show case their talents.
Organised by Kylemore’s Head of Music Ger Flanagan the occasion brought folk songs, set dancing, ballads and flamenco dancing together highlighting Irish and World musical cultures. After the event Flanagan said
“Yeah it was very enjoyable and great to get the students from both the secondary and plc colleges together performing alongside each other. Especially with the week that’s in it was great to celebrate St Patrick’s Day here today through music, song and dance”.
Clodha Larkin got the afternoon underway by introducing Gary O’Brien and Des McGonigle. The Kylemore College duo sang ‘Mr Jingle Jangle’, written by O’Brien and sung by O’Brien on guitar with McGonigle on the fiddle, with smiles galore and a wonderful sense of fun giving the watching audience a taste of what was to come.
Next up solo artist Sophia Roe changed the musical tone of the afternoon singing ‘The Verdant Braes of Skreen’ with the fifth year student at St Kevin’s College, who attended St Patrick’s Primary Choir School, performing a beautiful rendition of Altan’s song.
Aaron Murphy kept the atmosphere tranquil when he performed ‘Falling Slowly’ with back up vocalist Megan Lang. Glen Hansard, front man for The Frames who won an Oscar for writing and performing the song in the film ‘Once’, would have duly applauded Murphy’s version of his hit song.
Fellow Kylemore student Oisin Smith followed Murphy with an excellent act, when, with his guitar in hand Smith mastered Neil Young’s song ‘Needle And The Damage Done’ with immense vocal precision.
Megan Lang, who had earlier accompanied Murphy, returned to sing a moving recital of Tommy Sands song ‘There Were Roses’. Sands a well know Irish folk singers’ song has been described as ‘certainly one of the best songs ever written about the Irish Problem’.
McGonigle (thin whistle) and O’Brien (guitar) then played a stirring version of ‘The Lonesome Boatman’ by The Fureys with the watching crowd duly applauding their efforts.
Things then took a more upbeat mode when Buddy Boland took the mike by the scruff of the neck and got everyone into the St Patrick’s Day celebration mode by singing and clapping to the beat of Thin Lizzy’s song ‘Whiskey In The Jar’.
Backed by students Brian Power on the bohran and singers Caroline Conway, Amy Murphy and Leondra Hayes from Youthreach, Parnell Square, Boland wearing a green hat with ‘Happy St Patrick’s Day – I’m Irish’ written on it and his students pulled out all the stops.
But it didn’t stop there as Boland and Co continued to entertain performing ‘Galway Girl’ before leaving the best till last with an uplifting version of ‘Tell Me Ma’ (The Belle Of Belfast City).
World music was next on the agenda with Georgia Fajfrlikova taking to the floor. The Czech native, who is a Spanish dancer, is studying Traditional Irish Music in Ballyfermot CFE danced Flamenco to the song ‘Farruca’ before finishing with a touch of a light Irish jig to a round of applause from the audience.
Junior and Senior students from Colaiste Dhulaigh continued the dancing practice but this time with an Irish twist. First year’s Rachael Ryan, Nicole Lynch, Nicole Flynn, Rebecca Kirwan, Lauren Deegan, Laura Greene, Rachel Gorry and Shauna Brady set danced to the ‘Siege Of Ennis’.
With the sound of music and dance riffling through the hall the seniors of Roisin Ryan, Niamh Walsh, Lyndsey Dillon and Lynda Rigney performed the’ Walls of Limerick’ to the delight of their teachers Sarah Ferns, Claire Sayers, Bridin Delaney.
The afternoon of music, song and dance came to an end with a fusion of performers taking to the floor to dance and see out a great day of fun, laughter, entertainment and celebration alike.