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Thursday 20 June 2019

Musicians drum up love of music

Members of the HFC brass band
Members of the HFC brass band

David Looby

Catherine McAuley pupils got a fantastic insight into the way music can bring people together from members of the HFC Brass Band.

Nick Cooney and the HFC Brass Band visited the school, playing a varied selection of songs, including tunes by Tina Turner, Queen, Neil Sedaka, Born Free, The Beatles and their signature tune Roll out the Barrel.

The brass band has a loyal following and were joined by band players from Kilkenny, Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir. Founded in New Ross in the early 1930s by a local curate Fr. Carton, the HFC Brass Band has a strong family tradition of involvement in the enjoyment of music and has thrived under the present stewardship of Nick Cooney.

McAuley Principal Elma Sutton said: 'For something completely different we were entranced by Shelley O'Grady, a Feis Cheoil medal winner, on the harp and were privileged to hear John Dwyer on fiddle, playing a selection of jigs and reels.'

Martin Ryan and Tony Aspel from Clonroche played folk songs from Woodie Guthrie and Kris Kristofferson. Noel Dunne had the audience bopping in their seats to a selection from the Sixties and Seventies.

'The concert was all about friendship through music and aptly was joined by Cairdeas Cheoil, a choir made up of active retirees and Rosbercon Parish choir to round up the night.

We would like to thank Nick Cooney who organised the concert, the sponsors for the raffle and the audience who supported it.'

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