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Young Crossmolina drummers to appear on Toy Show


Young Crossmolina drummers to appear on Toy Show

Anton McNulty

IT has been a hectic few weeks for the pupils of Killocraun NS, near Crossmolina, and the excitement continues to build as the school’s drumming band prepares to perform on this Friday’s Late Late Toy Show.
The whole school play in the band and have improved rapidly under the watchful eye of their tutor, Anthony McNamee from Westport who has been working with the pupils over the last two terms. Anthony has helped the school band gel into a very strong unit and they play a mixture of Irish, latin American and African beats with great confidence and aplomb.
Last year an average of 1.4 million viewers watched the Late Late Toy Show making it the most viewed programme in Irish television in 17 years. This year, a similar audience is expected to tune into the show and Catherine Canny, the Principal of Killocraun NS, said they were eagerly looking forward to the performance.
The school is involved with Music Generation which is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme and helps children and young people access music education in their locality. Music Generation provides funding and support to Music Education Partnerships throughout Ireland to develop local music education services.
The school and the band received a huge boost ahead of the Late Late Toy Show, when the creator of Riverdance, Bill Whelan visited the school and heard the band perform. As well as the composer and producer of Riverdance, Bill has also worked extensively in theatre, film and television and is a grammy award winner.
Ms Canny said the staff and the pupils were delighted the Bill visited the school and shared his experiences with the pupils.
“He listened intently to the children’s drumming performance and praised them generously on their high standards of musicianship. With his down to earth manner and easy charm, he shared his own story regarding his own music career and he chatted and mixed freely with the staff and pupils. Killocraun pupils were thrilled to meet Bill and hope they might do a collaboration with him in the future,” she said.

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