Monday 19 August 2019

History created at community concert

Ann Rochford, Margaret Quigley and Pat Quigley
Ann Rochford, Margaret Quigley and Pat Quigley
Margaret and Marguerite Roche

Brendan Keane

History was created in Grantstown with the local church building playing host to its first ever music concert since it was re-opened as a cultural centre following its closure as a place of worship in 2015.

A number of art related events have taken place in the centre in recent months, but the music concert - which featured the band Green Road - was the first event of its type to be held there and it was a great success.

The band is composed of some of the finest trad and folk musicians that Ireland has ever produced and they are all from Co Wexford.

The line-up included PJ Sinnott (lead vocals/5-string banjo); Ned Wall (uilleann pipes/low whistle/guitar); Alan O'Dwyer (mandolin/banjo/harmonica/ whistles); Fergal O'Hanlon (guitar/backing vocals) and Frank Torpey (drums/bodhrán/(keyboard) bass)

The group's mix of trad and folk material was the perfect fit for the inaugural concert at the venue and it proved to be very popular with the audience as well with the performance receiving a rousing reception from those attending.

When the church closed, as a result if dwindling vocations, it was a blow to the local community, however, a local village committee set about getting it reopened and bringing a new lease of life into what is a wonderful building.

As an arts centre it's ideal and especially with regard to music because there is a natural ambience to the building in addition to wonderful acoustics that lends itself to music.

That was very much in evidence at the Green Road concert where each of the musicians was able to put his own individual stamp on the overall sound.

Given the season that's in it there was a very festive air about the event and that also added to the overall enjoyment for the audience and the musicians - who thoroughly embraced creating their own little bit of local history.

With the members having respectively toured the world and won numerous national awards between them it was great to see them bring it all back home to Grantstown cultural centre.

It's hoped many music based initiatives will now take place in the centre.

Wexford People

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