I am a young tenor from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. when I began singing, my 'bread and butter' was the Irish traditional repertoire. Having studied at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, as well as the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, I have gone on to have some professional success as an opera singer. I have worked for companies such as Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, and I look forward to getting back to work in June at Longborough Festival Opera.
I was inspired to release my first album last year, when the country went into lockdown. In low moments suffering from depression, I turned to Irish songs from my childhood for comfort. When I sang my first online concert live from the Ardhowen Theatre in Enniskillen in July 2020, I programmed a recital of Irish song. The extent that this resonated with the local area, and the way that it made me feel made me certain that the project was worthwhile.
I researched traditional music from County Fermanagh, and have commissioned Neil Martin to arrange five songs from the area that had never been arranged in the 'classical' style before. Michael Papadopolous has arranged a further three songs. I am aiming for fifteen songs in total across four days of recording. The project will be produced and recorded by Michael Keeney, who has an incredible CV behind him (Paramount Pictures, Duke Special, EMI, Universal Music, Lionsgate, Van Morrison, Phil Coulter). The amazing pianist Ruth McGinley is playing a beautiful Steinway piano on the project, and we are recording in the First Church Belfast on Rosemary Street.
I have received support from the Arts Council, as well as the Joan Trimble Bursary Awards and Mr Christopher Ball for the project. It is nearly there, and I require the last portion to get me over the line. This is an ambitious project, and getting as close to breaking even before the first CD is sold would mean a lot to me.