Mary Scott is an artist based here in Monaghan Town. Art has always been her lifelong focus at school, college and further education. Over the past 10 years Mary has gained a great deal of work experience, between group exhibitions, commissioned paintings, murals and in recent years teaching art. In 2012, after completing a BA Hons degree in Creative Imaging she joined local art group Spectrum in which she sold her first painting, later she also became a member of Monaghan Arts Network where she had the opportunity to connect with a wide range of local artists and as a result has great support from her fellow artists. Mary’s main area of expertise is painting in different mediums, mixed media & print. She enjoys learning new techniques, styles and different ways to create art which allows her to cover a wide range of subjects to teach. Over the past year she has been gaining more experience in teaching art to adults and children. In recent times Mary had the opportunity to facilitate Art Therapy sessions at Solas Drop In Centre, St. Davnet’s and feels this is another direction she would also like to take her work in the future as she is fascinated with the positive effect art has on our mental health.
From an early age, Eve had a voice of special beauty and a naturally engaging stage presence. Living in her native Ireland, Eve was immersed in the great tradition of Irish music. She was inspired by a Grandfather who loved Italian opera and learned the magic of expressing stories and emotions in song. Eve’s passion for the performing arts grew when her family migrated to New Zealand and she gained acclaim in the world of theatre, musicals and opera. After a period of reflection, Eve decided on a professional career in music. Eve achieved further renown by winning scholarships from the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, the Sir Donald McIntyre Trust, Soloist Scholarship for the Hamilton Civic Choir and the Laura Coon Foundation at the University of Waikato. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Music (1st Class) and a post-graduate diploma in Linguistics, Eve was given the Blues Award for contribution to the Arts and Performance. Eve was accepted into the NBR New Zealand Opera Chorus in her first two years of study. She was also named “Most Promising Young Voice” at the New Zealand Aria Competition and placed second overall in Lieder and Traditional music. Eve has a passion for many genres of music and she has placed in National Chamber Music competitions as well gaining acclaim for her collaboration with new works and composers. Eve has participated in Master Classes with soprano Virginia Zeani, soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano Mirella Freni and tenor Marcello Giordani.
On completion of her studies in New Zealand Eve, won an international scholarship and attended classes in Bel Canto at Scuola Italia in Urbania, under the direction of mezzo-soprano Dr. Sylvia Stone. Eve met the renowned tenor William Matteuzzi at Scuola Italia and he immediately offered her a place in his prestigious studio. Under Maestro Matteuzzi’s guidance, Eve became a semi-finalist in the Elizabeth Connell Competition for dramatic soprano voice and won second in Corso Musicale – Citta di Filadelfia, Calabria.
Eve’s mastery of her instrument and engaging stage presence have involved her in musical theatre, opera, concerts and chamber music on four continents. In 2016, Eve decided to “branch out” by developing her own cabaret show, “Unleashed Diva”, which is a witty depiction of the life of a female entertainer, the diversity of the soprano voice and the range of styles and genres. Fans say that Eve is a bundle of charm and energy that’s like “I Love Lucy meets Maria Callas”. Eve’s other cabaret show, “The Voice of an Angel” brings forward all the beautiful melodies that melt people’s hearts. As one reviewer wrote, “Eve weaves wonderful stories about the songs from anywhere in the world and enthrals audiences effortlessly. Eve has a great gift for entertaining audiences”.
Given her love of composers George Gershwin and Cole Porter, it is no surprise that Eve became the founding lead singer for The Martinis, a New Zealand-based jazz ensemble which inspired the comment, “What better way to spend a night than with a cheeky cocktail and the smooth sound of The Martinis?” During a contract as lead singer in the production team aboard M/V Silver Spirit, Eve was invited to and performed with well-known artists such as Esther Miller, Chantal Sanders, Viviana Guzman, Hyperion Knight and Carlos Bonell. On board Silver Spirit, Eve performed her own cabaret, “A Soiree of Sounds from Mozart to Gershwin” which won standing ovations. Eve recently recorded and performed cabaret-style concerts with acclaimed pianist and Musical Director Garth Erasmus in Cape Town, South Africa and performed the role of Angustias in Lorca’s The House of Bernardo Alba for which she also co-directed.
Paul Cassidy has been Sean Nos Dancing for over ten years . A qualified Sean Nos teacher Paull teachs both Adults and Children. He has represented Ulster in the all Ireland Fleadh and has a strong passion for the Sean nos dance form. He is keen to promote it so that the culture will live on through the youth of today.
Dan Bracken is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and loop artist. Dan uses a looper pedal to combine Guitar, Beatbox, and Saxophone to form layered arrangements of music which he performs regularly at home and abroad. Dan holds a degree in Music and Irish and has recently completed a masters in Primary Education. Dan loves the creative freedom Primary Teaching allows to combine Music and Art every day in his classroom to enrich the learning experience of his students. Dan’s music is heavily influenced by the Blues but there are echoes of Folk, Traditional Irish music, Techno, Rock, Swing and Electronica to be heard in his mus.