Seven Newbridge schoolgirls are to release a CD of 11 original songs, written and performed by themselves.
St Conleth’s students Michaela Heavey, Michaela Morgan, Rachael Barbour, Caitlin Nolan, Stacey Fitzpatrick, Nicole O Toole and Alannah Kehoe recorded the CD, A Song For You earlier in November and are hoping to release it by the end of the year.
“A number of girls were interested in writing their own music,” teacher Amanda Kelly told the Leader. Ms Kelly mentored the girls along the way, and she couldn’t have asked for a better partner for the task.
“Luka Bloom visited the school over a number of Wednesdays and he helped and encouraged them to write their own songs.”
Ms Kelly described Bloom as “very kind” to offer his support and advice.
“It was a fantastic opportunity for the girls, to have Luka mentoring them.”
The group, called The Wednesdays, composed their first song in December 2011. Noreen’s Song, tells the heart-breaking story of the tragic loss of their friend Noreen Murphy, who lost her fight for life a few months earlier in September.
According to Ms Kelly, all of the songs on the CD are very personal, giving a glimpse into particular moments of the girls’ lives.
“All the songs are originals and they’re all very personal.”
However, when it came to naming the CD, they decided that it shouldn’t be too personal. “The original title was going to be The Wednesday Story but they changed it to A Song For You because they didn’t want it to be too much about themselves.”
Ms Kelly is clearly very proud of the group and heaped praise upon them.
“They’re a very inspirational group of girls.
“They made a CD for Beaumont Hospital last year. They raised E1,900 and 100 percent of the proceeds went to charity.”
The proceeds from their new CD will also be donated to charity, though it hasn’t yet been decided which charity it will be.
The group recorded the CD at Peter Lee recording studios on 5 November and they were also supported by local creative and social centre Culture Factory.
While eyes may be drawn to Luka Bloom’s name, Ms Kelly herself deserves a huge amount of credit. A teacher of religion and history at St Conleth’s, she also offers students music and drama lessons in her free time.
“I believe that the more opportunities that are given to young people to show their talent, the better.”
A Song For You by The Wednesdays is hoped to be released in December with the help of Luka Bloom, Amanda Kelly, Culture Factory and Peter Lee recording.