Evening of unique music
CARMEL Boyle will take to the stage at the Droichead Arts Centre on October 13 with a very special concert featuring the hits of Nana Mouskouri.
Local singer/songwriter Carmel, who lives in Monasterboice, has been performing her own original sacred and inspirational songs internationally for many years but has returned to her roots in Drogheda where in her teenage years she began singing popular ballads.
Carmel who has recorded ten albums of her original songs has a voice that is described as having a pure angelic quality not unlike the voice of Mouskouri.
Before focussing her singing career on sacred song, Carmel had considerable success, performing with some of the greats, winning several national awards, singing for presidents, royalty and diplomats. She made her first record at the age of sixteen. Her interest in spiritual music began when she sang in the Augustinian church in "Fr. Kiely's era".
It was as a teenager that Carmel was first influenced by the Greek singer whose unique voice and distinctive style made an impression on the young aspiring singer and made an impact on Carmel's own singing style.
In the 'Only Love' concert Carmel says she is looking forward to singing all the hits and she has a choice - as Mouskouri recorded over 2000 songs and remains the best-selling female artist of all time.
Carmel will not attempt to be a 'tribute performer' but there are certain similarities that make the performance an authentic choice for her, including an identical vocal range with a similar quality and ease as a performer.
Carmel will be joined by her talented brother Niall Boyle who is also a well-known local singer/ songwriter. Along with providing accompaniment and backing vocals for his sister, he will also take to the stage to perform a couple of Demis Rossou's songs, a contemporary Greek performer with Nana Mouskouri. Proceeds from the performance will go towards An Croí Wisdom Learning Centre at The Stables Bachelor's Lane which was co- founded by Carmel herself and Geraldine Holton.