June Showcase 2017
Paula McAree is an accomplished singer and musician from Emyvale in Co. Monaghan. As a vocalist, guitarist, keyboard, tin whistle and harp player, she can most often be found providing music for weddings throughout the country. She is a key member of Corracrin church choir and has been the main organist there since the early 90s. It was on stage with the Glaslough Musical Society that Paula gave her first performance as a solo vocalist. In this Showcase, Paula will take you on a journey through some of her music influences; from the traditional folk roots of childhood, through to her own arrangements of contemporary songs.
Niamh McCormack, a native of Shercock, Co. Cavan, completed her Degree and Masters in vocal performance at D.I.T Conservatory of Music and Drama. She has toured extensively throughout the United States of America, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt as well as Ireland, as the vocal soloist with ‘Riverdance’. She features on the albums ‘My Gentle Harp’ (2008), ‘How Lovely For the Little Birds’ (2011) and ‘Les Angélus’ (2014). She has performed the role of Serpina from ‘La Serva Padrona’ in 2011, Sally from Thomas Arne’s ‘Thomas and Sally’ in 2013 with Opera Antiqua and the role of Myrtil from Jean Philippe Rameau’s ‘Le Berger Fidele’ with Opera at Castalia 2013. She was soloist in the premiere of Suibhne, Faoi Bhodhrán Ghealaí, composed by Paul Flynn at the Kilmore Cathedral, Cavan in 2012 and features on the recording of his ‘Aifreann Naomh Pádraig is Naomh Feilimidh’ (2014). She has performed on ‘The late late show’ and was invited to sing for both our former president Mary McAleese and our President Michael D. Higgins. She has most recently been a soloist with the ‘Castle Consort’ who performed in the Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, a recording of which was aired on Lyric Fm and features on the debut recording from the newly formed choir ‘Lassus’.
She is a regular recitalist throughout Ireland and has a keen interest in the music of the Renaissance and Baroque period.
Irish born artist Kate Beagan’s love of oils developed at the early age of 12 when her brother, seeing her interest in art, bought her an oil painting set. Now a contemporary landscape artist with over 25 years experience, Kate has developed a style that is instantly recognisable.
Immigrating to Australia in 1986, Kate found that the landscape had an enormous impact on her and would continue to inspire and influence her work for many years. While there she attended workshops with Robert Wade, an international watercolor artist. Painted under the tuition both in the studio and plein air with Colley Whisson author of “Creating Impressionist Landscapes in oils”.
In 1995 she returned to her home place in Co. Monaghan, to be absorbed back into her own environment. She captures the ravishes of the Irish winter and the transient nature of light, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Kate is constantly working and always searching for new subject matter or new ways to approach her chosen subject.
She has had many solo and group exhibitions in Ireland, England, Brussels and Amsterdam.
She is represented in the collection of the OPW, The AIB Bank, The Russian Embassy and in many private and corporate bodies.
Aoibhín Ní Ghabhann
A fluent Irish speaker, 18 year old Aoibhín Ní Ghabhann has performed in many venues alongside her mother as a backing vocalist in the blues band, ‘Dara MacGabhann and Band’. Aoibhín has also performed in her own right many times with Monaghan Poets and Songwriters and has written songs in both Irish and English. An accomplished writer of short stories and plays, in 2014 she won the RTÉ Guide Short Story competition for her age group. One of her songs has also recently featured in the 1916 play ‘Kay’ by Sean Ó Máirtín which was performed in the Garage Theatre Monaghan, The Holy Family Hall Carrickmacross and Monaghan County Museum. A keen musician, Aoibhín plays piano, fiddle and the bass guitar and is influenced by almost every sort of music under the sun! After the summer she plans to pursue studies in performing arts with a view to a future career in the arts. Last month’s showcase artist Shaun Monahan will accompany Aoibhín on guitar.