Monday 10 December 2018

Talented Cumas band launch CD recorded in one day and one take

Members of the Cumas trad band at the launch of their CD
Members of the Cumas trad band at the launch of their CD

David Looby

The talented musicians of the Cumas band launched their first CD in the Horse & Hound in Ballinaboola recently in front of a crowd of hundreds.

The trad music band's cd features ten Irish classic songs performed in the band's trademark lively, energetic style.

Amazingly, the cd was recorded in one day and in one take, by Paddy Murphy and Joe Murphy.

Taught by Ann Barnes and Liam Murray, the band comprises Chelsea Flynn, Michael Byrne, Jason Brown, Aidan Sinnott, Diarmuid Byrne, Colm McEvoy, Philip Tyrrell, Martin (Murty) Dunne and Alan Ryan.

The Cumas group were formed three years ago and have been playing weekly at venues across the district, including at nursing homes and at New Ross Community Hospital, ever since.

Their instruments of choice are the button accordian accompanied by the steady, precise drumbeats of the band's drummer.

Liam said the clients of Cumas, based at Butlersland in New Ross, really took to their instruments.

'They are aged from 21 to 50. They have their own instruments and they can't wait to play them every day.'

The band members practise daily and meet to rehearse once a week. They also play at New Ross Library once a month on Wednesday mornings and performed at the Celtic Weave concert recently. Three of the band members are competing at senior level in the Leinster Fleadh in Carlow in mid-July.

Ann and Liam play along with the band for competitions and major events.

Ann said: 'Cumas means ability and the band play at all different levels.'

The cd was recorded by Paddy Murphy and Joe Bradley in the band room at Cumas.

It was launched by Mary Whelan of Comhaltas Ireland who praised the band members for their excellent musicianship and dedication.

The band were one of a number of groups and individual musicians who performed on a night which celebrated Irish music, along with the New Ross & District Pipe Band, Danescastle CCE musicians and Paddy Murphy.

All proceeds raised from the sale of the cd, which costs €10 and is available to buy in shops in New Ross, at the Dunbrody Visitor Centre and in Cumas, will go towards the purchase of a badly needed wheelchair bus for Cumas.

Liam said: 'We would like to thank everyone who played at the launch night. It was a great occasion and their support is very much appreciated. We want to thank Brendan and the staff at the Horse & Hound, Margaret O'Sullivan and Áine Kennedy. The cds are selling like hotcakes. There are still some left.'

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