ALL proceeds from the sale of Eamon Connolly’s new CD, ‘The Chimes of Time’ – being launched on next Friday night, February 5, in Hotel Westport – will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society to support their important programme of vital services for MS sufferers and help fund ongoing research seeking a cure for this debilitating disease.
Eamon, of St Mary’s Crescent, Westport, was manager of the former ‘Mayo News’ Printing Works at James Street, Westport, for many years and is well known throughout the region where he has been entertaining audiences with his fine tenor voice and keyboard skills for decades past. Invariably, he is very ably aided by his wife, Mary (nee McNeela of Newport) whose very popular cabaret pieces include humourous recitations and “sean nós’ dancing. Indeed, it’s a matter of particular joy for Eamon that Mary, and all four members of their family (all competent musicians in their own right), have contributed very significantly to his long-awaited 18-track CD recording of his favourite hymns and songs.
Sons, Ray and Terence, and daughters, Mary and Berniece, supply vocal harmony and several tracks. Musical accompaniment is also provided by Mary (piano, organ, piano accordion), Berniece (button accordion), Ray (guitar) and Terence (violin). Eamon’s wife, Mary, contributes a sensitive recitation for his arrangement of ‘Maggie’. The finished product from the Eugene Kelly studios is a CD of high quality in all respects. The official launch of ‘The Chimes of Time’ will be performed by ‘Mayo News’ journalist and MWR ‘Late Show’ presenter, Michael Commins at Hotel Westport on Friday night (February 5). A host of talented musicians, singers, set dancers and entertainers will present a gala show to celebrate the launch, commencing at 9pm. Admission is fee of charge and all are welcome.
Traditional Irish musicians on stage will include John Hoban, Pat Friel, John F Chambers, Tommy Lyons, TP Lynn, Liam Grealis, Frank McCarrick, Vincent Rigney, Nigel Beckett . . . and the Connolly family. Fans of céilí and set dancing will be well catered for and popular group ‘Twice as Nice’ (Ray Connolly, Paddy Ryan, Thomas Langan and Seán Moran) will provide the music for everything from rock’n’roll to slow waltz. Apart from Eamon Connolly himself, many fine singers from the region will be in attendance for what promises to be a really fabulous night’s entertainment.