A young Castleisland woman who has been making a name for herself in local singing circles in recent years is putting the finishing touches to her debut CD.
Alison McGaley will launch her CD Alison Sings the Classics at the River Island Hotel on November 2nd.
Caught the Bug
As a child she joined Bryan Carr’s School of Performing Arts in Tralee. It was there she caught the bug for all things musical.
“Bryan’s passion for teaching and music is infectious. He shows a genuine interest in each and every one of his students,” said Alison.
She also attend Mr. Carr’s private voice training sessions.
“It was from this she got an understanding of how the voice works best,” she continued.
“If you have correct training you will be able to sing anything. In 2014 at 18 years of age I received my Diploma in Musical Theatre accredited by The Irish Board of Speech and Drama.
“I then went on to study Music for three years in The Conservatory of Music in D.I.T. where I studied classical voice under Mairead Buicke.
Melody and Story
“I like singing all types of songs really, once it has a nice melody and it tells a story.
Music I love to listen to includes: Peggy Lee, Cher, The Beatles, The Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and too many others to list.
“I sing for weddings, civil ceremonies, funerals and any other events people would like me to sing for,” said Alison.
Lots of Encouragement
Alison has had lots of encouragement from many people and from a very young age. She includes everyone at Bryan Carr’s school; her teachers and friends from her days at Castleisland Community College.
She has a special mention for Canon Denis O’Mahony and Fr. Dan O’Riordan and last, but by no means least, her Nanna and all her family.
Mixture of Music
“I spent this summer recording the CD at Jenny Wren Recording Studios in Ballyheigue with a most talented man, Eddie Lee.
“He is a true gentleman and as I had not recorded before he put me at ease from the start.
“This album has a mixture of music to suit all tastes and we are very excited about its launch in November.”
Kerry/Cork Health Link Bus
All proceeds from the CD and launch night are for the Kerry/Cork Health Link Bus. Tickets are €10 each.
Alison will be joined on the night by: Eddie Lee, James Kelliher, Noreen Ashe, Mike Condon and Bryan Carr.
“I have been so overwhelmed by everyone from the whole communitygetting good wishes and support for this worthy cause,” Alison concluded.
People to Thank
Alison also had a list of people to thank including the following: Sponsors: Eddie Lee; Slogadh Signs Killorglin; Photographer Dan Murphy; The River Island Hotel.
All businesses in Castleisland, Cordal, Scartaglin, Brosna, Currow and Tralee which have put up posters, are selling tickets and have offered spot prizes for a raffle on the night.
To Tommy Hickey for agreeing to stock the CD from Saturday, November 3rd.
Tickets are available from: Annebury’s Tralee; Kearney’s Post Office/Shop Cordal; Daly’s Shop Scartaglin; McCarthy’s Daybreak, Currow; O’Connor’s Bar, Knocknagoshel; Kieran’s XL, Knocknagoshel; Anne Mac’s Circle K, Castleisland; Diamonds Forever, Castleisland; Slice of Life, Castleisland and Tommy Hickey’s Castleisland.
Alison also has a Facebook page: Alison McGaley Wedding and Civil Ceremony Singer.
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