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Ballyboy Comhaltas ‘Mol an Óige’ concert

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Ballyboy Comhaltas ‘Mol an Óige’ concert thumbnail ‘Up and Coming Juniors’ group performing at Ballyboy Comhaltas ‘Mol an Óige’ Concert. MT43187JOC

MEMBERS and supporters of Ballyboy Comhaltas branch gathered in St Joseph's Community Centre Kilcormac last Friday evening for their 'Mol an Óige' concert. Congratulations to the performers of all ages who presented a wonderful evening of traditional music, song, dance, lilting and storytelling!
Their 'Newcomers' group of 35 young tin whistle players, who have only just begun their journey in traditional music, kicked off the evening with a selection of nursery rhymes. A group of young singers attending Bairbre Tynan's traditional singing class continued the entertainment followed by their second musical group 'Up and Coming Juniors'. This group included a large number of children who have been learning tin whistle with Amy Murphy, Ashling Murphy and Eimear Buckley for the past year. They were joined by some of Ashling's fiddle pupils and concertina players under tutor Sharon Carroll. They performed a selection of polkas and a jig, doing a very fine job for such young players!
The concert continued with two displays of céilí dancing from members of the branch and the Callanan School of Dancing. These groups included members of the Under 12 and 12-15 Ladies Céilí Dancing prizewinners at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017. Aoibhe Dooley, Under 12 Tin Whistle prizewinner at this year's All-Ireland Fleadh, treated the audience to an intricate solo performance, showing their new and young pupils just what can be achieved after a number of years of dedicated practise!
Niall Mahon entertained all with his humorous tale of the goat who flagged down a train after coughing up a red shirt! Niall certainly deserved his runner-up prize in the 12-15 Storytelling competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann last August. Adding another dimension to the concert, Caitlin Minnock, who has received a variety of awards at Fleadhanna Ceoil over the past number of years, showcased her lilting talent!
Their third musical group 'On the Road' drew the first half to a close. This talented bunch of 11-14 year olds taught by their branch tutors, played some lively jigs and reels on a variety of instruments.
The second half began with an ensemble of up to forty branch musicians under the guidance of Amy Murphy. "Trad Orchestras" have been gaining increasing popularity in recent years with musicians and audiences alike, and Amy put together three innovative and musical arrangements which were played beautifully by the group. Singers Brenda Dunican and Bairbre Tynan both showcased their vocal talents. Bairbre is their traditional singing tutor in the branch and did a wonderful job as MC on the night also. Brenda is known to many as a regular entertainer in the midlands and beyond and is always a great supporter and performer at their sessions in Dan and Molly's.
The second half also featured some dancing with more intricate footwork from members of the Callanan School of Dancing. This group included members of the 15-18 Ladies Céilí Dancing prizewinners at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017. Members of Nora Carroll's Junior Set Dancing class also performed a figure of the Sliabh Luachra and the very lively Connemara Set. Another solo performance came from their very talented Grace Minnock, who received four awards at the All-Ireland Fleadh. She entertained all with some very accomplished Tin Whistle playing and joined her friends Naoise and Meibh Dooley to perform one of their winning tunes from the 12-15 Trio competition in Ennis.
Their other very worthy prizewinner at this year's All-Ireland Fleadh, Luke Maher, was unable to join them to perform on this occasion.
Finally their tutors along with some of Sharon Carroll's advanced concertina and accordion players and other fine accomplished musicians in the branch performed some toe-tapping tunes to draw the concert to a close. Sisters Naoise and Fianait Dooley took to the stage during the closing set enthralling the audience with their Brush Dance! Chairperson Loretto Dooley expressed her gratitude to the tutors, performers, her committee, supporters and anyone who contributed in any way to making the night a wonderful success and most enjoyable occasion.
Ballyboy Comhaltas was founded in 2000 and their 'Mol an Óige' concert showcased what a branch can achieve over many years of teaching and nurturing our young people. Dan and Molly's in Ballyboy is the hub of all their branch activities and you can join them for a tune, step or song at their regular sessions there. Visit their Facebook page for regular updates!

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