Sunday 26 May 2019

Jake has them rockin' in Ollies!

Sophie Barry, Casey O’Rourke and Martyla Tetrycz with Jake and principal John Halpin
Sophie Barry, Casey O’Rourke and Martyla Tetrycz with Jake and principal John Halpin

Alison Comyn

The screams from St Oliver's Community College last Wednesday morning could practically be heard from the Bridge of Peace!

No, there hadn't been an announcement of no homework, but rather a rapturous return welcome for pop sensation Jake Carter, who was making a brief appearance at the school ahead of his local gig next month.

Hundreds of students (and a fair few staff to be honest), packed into the cafeteria in the school to hear the 20-year-old musician sing his new single 'Supernatural' as well as crowd-pleasing covers from Westlife and Ed Sheeran, which got the crowd singing along.

Well, mainly the girls singing along!

The little brother of country star Nathan Carter had visited the school last year, and knew he was in for a good welcome.

"It's great to get to some of the schools arounds the country as there are some fans who can't get to the gigs sometimes, and they get to ask some questions and hear the single," he told the Drogheda Independent before he went on.

"Teenagers and young kids are my main audience, and it's good for them too, as it gives them a bit of a break from the school day, if the teachers don't mind."

Jake will bring his Irish tour to the TLT on Saturday May 4th but is no stranger to the town, having played here last year, as well as judged the School Stars.

"That was good fun as well, and great to see so much talent in Drogheda, who stay in touch," he says. "And I think the winner last year Grace (Looney) is supporting us, so that's fantastic to see."

Third Year students Sophie Barry, Casey O'Rourke and Martyla Tetrycz are big fans and couldn't wait to see him perform again.

"I've always been a big fan of his, from when I first saw him in Vicar Street and the TLT, and to see him here again in the school is brilliant," said Sophie, who had met Jake a few times through her mum Jenny Fagan.

"He came to the school before and we really like him and his new single," added Martyla. "We are really loud in this school, so there'll be lots of screaming!" threw in Casey.

And she was right - you could barely hear the Liverpool lad, and some of the questions he was asked were dubious, including whether he used sunbeds, and if he played Fortnite!

But he did get one sensible one... who inspired him?

"Well of course my brother Nathan growing up," he shouted over the din. "But I also used to compete in Fleadh Cheoileanna with the fiddle, until I realised the guitar was cooler and attracted more girls!"

Tickets for his Drogheda date in the TLT are available online or at the box office.

Drogheda Independent