Patrick to swap cricket bat for choir

Published 29/10/2013 | 10:00

Patrick Byrne and Gerry Simpson promoting the upcoming Gospel Choir Concert which takes place in The Barbican Centre.

A LOCAL cricket star has become a music maestro and will take to the stage at the Barbican Centre in Drogheda on November 9/10 for two eagerly awaited Augustinian Gospel Choir shows.

Patrick Byrne from The Hills cricket club near Skerries forms part of the multi talented group that has enjoyed whirlwind success since being formed about 18 months ago.

'It's a big family.We just get up there at mass and perform and if it lets people relax for that period of time – great!' he said.

A performer on the country music scene in his own right with an album due out shortly, Patrick admitted that playing with the choir has helped him immensely.

'It has given me a lot of confidence and we feel it is important to give something to the community by performing the way we do.'

Patrick has been singing since he was eight, often joining his uncle, Martin, on stage and the first song he performed was 'The Dance' by Garth Brooks and it's still his party piece – all these years later.

Player of the Year with The Hills 2nds this year, his family is steeped in cricketing history around the Vineyard, his grandfather, Gerry Byrne, a leading figure in the early days.

The 'Reach Out - The Gospel Concert' show at the Barbican Centre takes place on two nights – Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10 – at 8 p.m.

Classical guitarist Pat Coldrick and Gerry Mulroy will be part of the line up for what promises to be a great night.

Tickets are €15 and include a CD of last year's show in the Augustinian. The two major causes to benefit will be the Alzheimer's Daycare Centre and the Boyne Fishermen's Rescue and Recovery Service. Tickets are from the Barbican Centre, CD World and the Augustinian Shop.

Fingal Independent

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