Bernadette McKenna, Norah Ryan accompanied by Nóirín Gavin
Sisters Norah Ryan and Bernadette McKenna, from Emy, Emyvale, will sing songs from a repertoire they learned in Killyrane National School, fadó, fadó. Some of the songs will be in English and some ás Gaeilge. Norah is currently a member of the Oriel Singers and her local church choir. Bernadette is a member of the Heritage Singers, Balrothery, Co Dublin. For tonight’s performance they will be accompanied by Nóirín Gavin on piano.
Born in Dernashallog, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan, Martina grew up in the heart of the country. Then, as so often happen she moved as far away as she could possibly get working in Amsterdam, Manchester, Dublin and Belfast. 15 years ago, she moved to Youghal, Co Cork with her family and found herself back in the heart of the country. And now after many years of working as a commercial graphic artist she has also returned to her first loves of creating art and storytelling. She enjoys combining techniques and materials using pencil, charcoal, pastel, oils, acrylics and print. My mixed media approach is part of the dialogue in an attempt to expand the definition of the painting.
Grace Brennan King’s Forge Glass
Glass fusing involves cutting, designing and then ‘baking’ specialist glass in a kiln to make new, one-off pieces, in every colour of the rainbow. Grace Brennan works exclusively in this area from her home studio at Mullyash, high above Castleblayney, under the brand King’s Forge Glass. In the last number of years, she has developed her studio from a single, small kiln, to now three kilns, and from making glass items for friends and family, to supplying gift shops throughout the country. Her range includes candle holders, window panels, wall art, decorations, sun catchers, bowls, and much more besides.
Monaghan Poets and Songwriters Group (Moposogs)
Monaghan Poets and Songwriters Group, also known as Moposogs has been on the go since 2010. Initially established under the Peace III Project ‘Hands Together’ the group has continued to meet on a regular basis without outside assistance or funding. Through sharing of work, performances and knowledge all levels of writers progress to new levels and Moposogs is always happy to welcome new members with all levels of experience. The group produced a CD entitled ‘Hands Together’ in 2010 a collection of poetry ‘Writing Across Borders’ in 2013 and a series of YouTube Videos in 2014. In 2014 they received a community award from Monaghan County Council for their contribution and dedication to cross border peace building. Many of the group have progressed on to individual successes, producing their own CDs, winning awards and bursaries – however all would agree that the encouragement and support from the group has provided inspiration and motivation along the way. The group meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Market House Monaghan.
Nellie came to Monaghan 2 years ago and soon formed the Runaway Hands Piano Studio, which started small, with only 3 students, and now 2 years later they are 14, with a very broad age difference. She started playing the piano at the age of 6, got accepted aged 10 into the National School for Music and Dance in Burgas, Bulgaria, and then continued on into the National Academy of Music in Sofia. After graduating with high degrees as a Bachelor in Piano Performance from the Academy of Music, Neillie took on a Master course in Computer technologies in music education at the Sofia University, and graduated it with a thesis called “The computer technologies applied in music education”. She is an award winner in The Pancho Vladigerov Piano Competition, Burgas (2000) in the National Schubert Piano Competition in Rouse, Bulgaria (2001).