Pic Michael Kelly Students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin with Minister For Health Simon Harris, Singer/Songwriter Luan Parle, Music Teacher Claire McAdam & Principal Padraig Donoghue
Last Friday, the students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin launched their charity single titled ‘Your Love Still Guides My Way’ with Minister For Health Simon Harris in attendance.
The single went straight to **no.1 on the iTunes chart and has reached **no.10 in the official single download charts this week (September 29th).
The official video for the single which features on Coláiste Chill Mhantáin’s Facebook page has received over 60,000 views, 1,000 likes and almost 700 shares.
The song was written with singer/songwriter Luan Parle during an IMRO songwriting & performance workshop last April and produced by Gavin Ralston. The students performed & played all instruments on the recording which has been released for The Irish Heart Foundation & The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
The song focuses on loved ones who have suffered a stoke, suffering with Alzheimer’s and other illnesses from the students own personal experiences.
‘Your Love Still Guides My Way’by Students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, released September 22nd 2017. Available to purchase from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, listen on Spotify, Apple Music & Deezer http://smarturl.it/SCCM_YourLove
This Friday September 22nd sees the release of ‘Your Love Still Guides My Way’ by students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Wicklow.
In April of this year, I teamed up with IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) again to bring 5 songwriting and performance workshops to secondary schools throughout Ireland.
One of the schools chosen for the workshop was Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Wicklow. I was so excited to revisit my old secondary school and see some of my old teachers but nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced when I walked into Miss McAdam’s 2nd – 6th year music students class. I was immediately taken by the students ability to play all their own instruments amazingly well. I knew instantly that this group of young people were very special.
I normally start my workshops by asking the students what’s going on in their lives at that moment as I feel it’s important that they write a song that’s personal to them. Straight away, one young girl called Irlanda started to speak about visiting her dad in hospital who has been recovering from a stroke for 5 years. I was touched immediately having only lost my own dad 4 months previous after battling a massive stroke for 5 years.
Other students starting opening up about their loved ones who are suffering from Alzheimer’s & other illnesses and by the end of the workshop ‘Your Love Still Guides My Way’ was born.
I felt the song was so special that I called my good friend Gavin Ralston who then visited the school to record and produce the song with the students who performed and played all instruments themselves. Colm Flynn was on hand to film the recording on the day.
The students were an absolute pleasure to work with and it was just lovely to see the encouragement within the classroom among the students and their teachers, a testament to a wonderful school that really cares.
This Friday September 22nd the single will be released with all proceeds being donated to The Irish Heart Foundation (for the prevention of heart attacks & stroke) and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The single is available to pre-order from iTunes for just 99 cent here
Hope you’re all enjoying the August bank holiday weekend in Ireland!!!
With all my travels of late I’m a little behind on my blogs, but over the coming weeks I’ll get on top of that and post up all the latest including my recent tours of Finland, Germany & Slovakia.
Just before I left for Slovakia I popped into Newstalk for a chat and live performance with the lovely Bobby Kerr. I have uploaded one of the songs which I performed live on the programme titled ‘Grass Is Blue’ below which I hope you enjoy. Next Friday night 11th August, Clive Barnes & I will close Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre at 8pm.
To celebrate that, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre are giving away TWO pairs of tickets for the gig!!!! For details to enter, pop across to Birr Theatre & Arts Centre‘s Facebook page. Winners will be announced on Birr Theatre & Arts Centre‘s Facebook page Monday 7 August at 3pm.
I had a wonderful time this morning chatting with the lovely Eimear Ní Bhraonáin on KCLR 96FM ahead of my upcoming songwriting workshops with IMRO in secondary schools. The first workshops starts this Monday in Muine Bheag Vocational School Bagenalstown Co. Carlow.
Listen to the interview and live performance of ‘Day Is Done’ from my EP ‘Roll The Dice’ below…
‘Give Me Shelter’ has just been released online TODAY and is currently at no 4 in the iTunes Charts. I am absolutely overwhelmed with the reaction so far and am so grateful to all of you who have purchased the single. You can purchase from iTunes for just 99cents here. Lets get it to no 1
‘Give Me Shelter’ is the first online release from ‘Songs From The Vault’ in which I will release a previously unreleased original track online from my back catalog on the first Friday of every month.
‘Give Me Shelter’ is also available to purchase from Amazon, Stream on Spotify, and other music download websites. View full list of stores below
I’m thrilled to tell you all that I will be appearing tomorrow morning on TV3’s Saturday AM for an interview ahead of our upcoming show at Dublin’s Temple Bar Tradfest.
I’ll be joining Anna Daly, Simon Delaney and the crew just after 9.30am for a chat on the sofa ahead of our headline gig with Clive Barnes, Leslie Dowdall, Mike Hanrahan and myself at St Werburgh Church Saturday January 28th. With still some tickets available, you can purchase them online here
I’ll also be opening for the amazing Maria McKee Friday January 27th at St Patricks Cathedral as part of the festival.
For our overseas viewers you can catch the show on the player here here