Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with music, song and dance at The Burnavon

Cookstown Youth Choir with voice coach Meta Bell and accompanist Norma Black
Cookstown Youth Choir with voice coach Meta Bell and accompanist Norma Black

ST Patrick’s Day will be celebrated at a special concert in the Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre on Friday 16th March at 8pm, when a line-up of music, song and dance takes the stage for your entertainment.

Host for the evening is writer, illustrator and presenter Declan Forde who has broadcast his work widely on RTE, Downtown Radio and BBC. Declan will not only act as compere for the evening as he introduces all the fantastic acts, but as a performer in his own right, he is bound to throw in a few recitals, songs and anecdotes of his own making.

First we welcome back the Harmony Choir, made up of pupils from a number of local primary schools.

This year the choir is being directed by Lynsey Purdy and we can look forward to hearing them perform a selection of pieces chosen specially for the occasion. Cookstown Youth Choir, coached and conducted by Meta Bell MBE, will also be on stage. The choir now has over forty members and each public appearance demonstrates just how the choir continues to thrive.

The past year has seen them perform alongside the Celtic Tenors and on stage with international soprano Margaret Keys, not to mention recording their debut CD which was launched in November 2011.

Dance will be brought into the mix with a lively routine from local dance teacher Lisa Mooney accompanied by friends and we look forward to some exceptional guitar playing from David Bell.

Of course we will also hear from a group from the Traditional Music in Schools and for the first time this year from the newly formed Folk Club. The club came about as a result of the Traditional Music project and it is , made up of young people who have now moved on to secondary school but want to keep their interest in traditional music and their skills alive. Led by Donald Canavan, the club has been meeting weekly since September and now is ready to show everyone what they can do..

The finale act for the evening is the fantastic folk group Stonewall, back in Cookstown to promote their new CD ‘The Place I Want to Be’. With the ability to play an array of instruments and embrace a number of styles, band members Kenny Qua, Colin Slaine, Andy Cornett and vocalist Warren Attwell promise to get any audience in high spirits

Tickets for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Concert are priced at £10 each, and can be booked from the Burnavon Box Office on 028 8676 9949 or alternatively you can book online at www.burnavon.com

This event has been organised by Cookstown District Council through the Arts and Culture Development programme, with financial assistance from the Good Relations programme.