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Kilmaley Voluntary Housing: Sing Us Another Story

Singing Session and Recital for Kilmaley on February 20th 2009

‘Sing Us Another Story’
New Songs ~ Old Style ~ Living Community

As part of an exciting arts project funded under the Per Cent For Art Scheme, Kilmaley Voluntary Housing Association and Clare County Council’s Arts Office have commissioned renowned traditional singer, John Tunney, to work with the clients and residents of Kilmaley Daycare Centre to compose new songs in a Traditional style inspired by the people and place of Kilmaley. The resulting songs will be performed for the first time in public by John and the Daycare Centre clients at a showcase Song Recital in the Kilmaley Inn at 8pm on Friday 20th February 2009.

John has worked closely with the staff and clients of the Daycare Centre over the last six months to create these new and unique songs. Well-known photographer and accordion player Christy McNamara was also commissioned to work with clients of the Kilmaley Daycare Centre to capture this unique process in photographic images. Both the songs and the images made during this process will feature at the recital on 20th February 2009.

John Tunney has been living in Ennis for the last eight years but hails from Co. Donegal where his family were steeped in traditional song, music and storytelling. His father Paddy Tunney was a much loved and well respected singer throughout the country who composed a significant repertoire of songs, most of which can be heard sung at sessions and Fleadhs around the country. In this project, John has been working as Artist-in-Residence, or in this case Songwriter-in-Residence, at the Day Care Centre since September last. During this time he and the clients have been singing songs and learning songs from each other’s repertoire.

Christy McNamara’s photography is known far and wide. The Spancil Hill photographer has photographed many musicians, including U2, The Pogues and a range of traditional musicians. Christy has been visually documenting the project since January 2009 and will showcase some of the new photographs at the singing recital.

This project is funded through the Per Cent for Art Scheme which is specifically aimed at the commissioning of new contemporary art projects in connection with the development of Capital Construction Projects, in this case the development of Kilmaley Daycare Centre in 2003. The Per Cent for Art Scheme gives the Irish public the opportunity to experience a vast range of contemporary art in their everyday life.

The funding for the project has been sourced through the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the residency has been developed by Kilmaley Voluntary Housing Association in partnership with Clare Arts Office. The project has received a great response from the staff and clients of Kilmaley Day Care Centre as well as the people of Kilmaley.

“It is one of the first Per Cent for Art projects in Ireland to use the traditional arts – traditional song in this case – as the primary artform. Per Cent for Art projects in the past have traditionally yielded Sculptures but the Kilmaley Voluntary Housing Association Committee were very creative and forward thinking and now we have a beautiful project which is a prototype for other projects and artists in Ireland. We are immensely proud to be partners in this project, a project which reiterates Clare’s standing as one of the most creative and progressive cultural counties in the country” says Clare Arts Officer, Siobhan Mulcahy.

Carmel O’Brien, a Day Care Centre Committee member who has been working intensively on the project and a talented singer herself is delighted with how the project has developed. “The housing scheme and Day Care Centre have become a central aspect of the Parish life of Kilmaley. This project has built on the community spirit among the residents and Day Care Centre clients which we now want to share with the wider Kilmaley community as well as the rest of County Clare through our Song Recital night”, says Carmel.

To celebrate the project to date, clients of the Day Care Centre will join John Tunney to showcase their talents in a Singing Recital on Friday 20th February 2009 in the Kilmaley Inn. A variety of well-known songs will be performed on the night along with a preview of John Tunney’s new compositions. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Entry is free and all are welcome to attend – especially friends and family of Day Care Centre clients as well as residents of the Kilmaley area. After the recital, everyone is welcome to participate in a singing & music session at 10pm.

Summary Information:
Date: Friday 20th February 2009
Time: 8 –10 pm. Doors open at 7:30pm
Venue: Kilmaley Inn, Kilmaley, Co. Clare
Tickets: Free – All are Welcome


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