NEW TUNES Ballinrobe musician Chloe Feeney will launch her debut CD ‘Blossom’ on August 4.
A talented young Mayo musician is set to launch her debut album. Nineteen-year-old Chloe Feeney from Ballinrobe will launch ‘Blossom’, on Sunday, August 4, next at 8pm in Fairhill House Hotel, in Clonbur – an event that will be accompanied by plenty of music and craic.
The daughter of Kevin and Carmel Feeney, Chloe began playing music at just four years of age. She was following in her father’s footsteps and his love of traditional music was quickly passed down. Through Kevin’s teaching, she picked up the tin whistle and button accordion and has since become proficient in playing the concertina, banjo, melodeon and harp, continually learning with the assistance of tutors such as Matt Cunningham, Lisa Canny, Aoife Greene, Aonghus Ó Maicín, Gráinne Hambly and Tommy Fitzharris.
At the age of seven, she won the under-12 concertina competition at the Mayo Fleadh Cheoil. Since then, she has won over ten All-Ireland medals and many county and provincial titles at the Fleadh Cheoil and at other competitions. She was also involved in the Rolling Waves groups and bands for many years in Castlebar and she is now a member of Glór na dTonn senior céilí band. Her playing has been hugely influenced by the music and recordings of Edel Fox, Michael Rooney, Micheál Ó Raghallaigh, Tommy Doherty, Angelina Carberry, to name but a few.
Chloe has been a member of the Cleary Coyne branch of Comhaltas for many years and represented her branch on both the Irish and British Comhaltas Concert tours in October 2017 and February 2018. She has not only played on many radio programmes but has appeared on TV on a number of occasions, featuring on programmes such as ‘Jig Gig’, ‘Steip Beo’ and ‘Feis and Blood’ on TG4.
The bright young woman’s talents do not stop there, as Chloe is also a sean-nós dancer, and she teaches and nurtures younger musicians and dancers in her spare time.
A past pupil of Roundfort NS and Ballinrobe Community School, she is currently studying in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick where she hopes to receive a BA in Performing Arts.
The idea for the CD was born from requests from tourists and music aficionados at gigs where Chloe was playing and eventually she decided to put some tracks down with the help of Pat Coyne, who is also very involved in the traditional music scene.
She has been assisted in the compilation of the eleven-track CD by her father, Kevin, and Eoin Walsh, Shane McGrath and Caoimhe Kilkenny. The result is a fantastic and beautifully put-together collection of music and songs that will certainly be well received both here and abroad.
The young singer explains that the inspiration for the album’s title came from her love of cherry blossoms and the fact that, as a college student, she feels that her music is currently blossoming into maturity. It also happens to the meaning of her name, Chloe.
All are welcome to the launch of Chloe Feeney’s debut CD, ‘Blossom’, on Sunday, August 4, next at 8pm in Fairhill House Hotel, Clonbur. For a copy of the CD, contact Chloe via her Facebook page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.