A DROGHEDA woman is making waves across the water after she finished top of her class and earned a prestigious musical award in London.
Talented bass player Ellen O'Reilly, who is originally from Ballypark, won the highest possible accolades in her field of study, as she was presented with 'Best Overall Bass on the Hdip course at her graduation from the London Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP).
Ellen was the only woman to have won the scholarship onto the Higher Diploma Course in 2011, and joined two Balbriggan men, Stephen Murphy (27) and Shane Keeling (25), at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the magnificent Southbank Centre in London, where Stephen was the recipient of the 'Best Overall Bass' award, and Shane the 'Best Overall Drums' award from their courses.
' There was another lad from Belfast honoured that day, so it was a good day for the Irish,' laughed Ellen, as she spoke to the Drogheda Independent from her London home.
'I've just started into my degree course now, so I'll be here for another three years, but I have also just been offered a job as a journalist with Bass Guitar magazine, and am gigging with bands here too, so I'll be kept busy.
Ellen's brother Gordon is in Drogheda and her sister Linda has also just graduated from college, while her parents Kathleen and Pat are delighted with her achievements.
' They gave me a gold record as my award, and my dad wants me to bring it home at Christmas so that he can show it to all the lads in Gleeson's,' she added. 'I've been playing bass since I was 17, and played in cover and original bands in Drogheda and all over Ireland, before coming to London to study.'
Ellen's website is www.lowendlady.com