IN conjunction with the launch of their second CD, Lackagh Church Choir held two concerts in Lackagh Church last week to help raise funds for the Church repairs. The CD title “Raise the Roof” was also the title of the two concerts that were performed to packed audiences on both nights. The parish church was transformed into a splendid auditorium with some wonderful lighting effects to add to the ambience of the church. Every week at Sunday Mass people have been in huge praise of the uplifting performances that they add to the Masses, but there was always a little bit of apprehension as to how a full concert of music and singing by the choir would go down. However, Lackagh Church Choir is no ordinary choir as they featured a variety of music and singing styles from Michael Jackson and Liam Lawton to The Lion King and U2 as well as Broadway musicals.
Under the direction of Musical Director Martin Glavin, Lackagh Choir has already been acclaimed and to those who came to see and hear the choir for the first time they were not disappointed.
Over the two nights the large audience was spellbound. On both nights the choir were afforded a well-deserved standing ovation and several individual performances were also widely acclaimed. Lackagh Choir are blessed to have among them talented musicians that make up their own Orchestra with Ronan Lardner on Drums and Percussion, Mary Fitzgerald on Acoustic Guitar, Karen Monaghan on keyboards, Fabio Stara on Percussion and the hugely talented Martin Glavin on keyboards and as Choir Director and Musical Director. They are equally blessed to have some very talented singers who performed solo or duets during the concert like Siobhan Duggan, Fabio Stara, Mary O’Connell, Ian Dherty, Cathy Morley, Conor Dalton, Regina O’Shea, Ronan Lardner, Karen Monaghan, Mary Fitzgerald, Enda Mooney, Aoife O’Connell, Claire Culinane and Michael Hurley, who also acted as Master of Ceremonies all involved in special solo spots during the show. The reaction from the audience equally merited the performance on stage on an occasion that was aptly named “Raise the Roof”. Lackagh Church Choir Members: Aine Uí Bhré, Mary Casserly, Norina Coppinger, Claire Cullinane, Margaret Cullinane, Alannah Dalton, Aoife Dalton, Conor Dalton, Ian Doherty, Siobhan Duggan, Cathy Dunleavy, Mary Fitzgerald, Pat Flynn, Niamh Francis, Margaret Mary Forde, Karina Harte, Eimear Higgins, Michael Hurley, Imelda Hussey, Susan Hynes, Evelyn Keane, Maura Linnane, Mary Loughnane, Betty Madden, Evelyn Mannion, Karen Monaghan, Enda Mooney, Eileen Gildea Moran, Cathy Morley, Éadaoin Ní Neachtain, Aoife O’Connell, Mary O’Connell, Michael O’Neill, Bertie O’Rourke, Noren Shaughnessy, Regina O’Shea, Sten Pears, Patricia Philbin, Dee Timony, Brid Thompson, Una Varden.
Their CD is on sale at local outlets, from Choir members or can be ordered online by emailing LackaghChurchCD@gmail.com.