Wexford's finest on new charity CD
Despite not getting the turnout that was hoped for, the launch of the new fundraising CD 'Just Like You and I' delivered a wonderful evening of musical entertainment for the crowd of approximately 50 people who turned up to the launch in the Riverbank Hotel recently.
The CD, the brainchild of Declan Kehoe, features wonderful tracks from some of the best musicians on the Wexford scene at the moment, as well as a few old favourites.
The 17-track album provides a wonderful glimpse at the range of talented musicians Wexford has to offer including offerings from veteran showman Pierce Turner, Enniscorthy Blues Maestro Clive Barnes and the supremely talented, multi-instrumental Paul Creane and the Changing Band.
Also making an appearance on the album, and playing at the launch night were, stalwart of the local music scene, Mick Egan, Ollie Dempsey and his band Ripchord 64, Stephen Doyle, Steve and Lisa Somers, Aaron Berry, Chris Berry and Dan Comerford.
'Altogether, between the mixing and mastering and getting all the artists together, the CD has taken about two years to put together,' said Declan Kehoe who is responsible for the album.
'I am a friend of the Lawlor family so that's the reason I did it for the Tracie Lawlor Trust.
'I suppose the idea came about from the last CD that the Trust released. I had been involved in music years ago and I was looking for a way of getting back into it.
'After seeing the last CD, it gave me the idea that maybe I could get enough musicians together to do another one. Now that it's all done and dusted, I have to say I'm really proud of it. I think it's as good as any compilation album out there at the moment.'
Few would argue with Declan's assessment. With a range of different styles, the album really does have something for everyone from beautifully performed ballads to energetic rocking tracks.
At just €10 for a 17-track album, it also represents exceptional value for money and will be the perfect company in the car on those summer drives.
Declan is hoping to get the CD into Whites for Music, Minstrel Music and a few other local shops in the coming weeks and has set himself the aim of selling around 200 copies.
'If we sold 200 or 250 copies then that would be between €2,000 and €2,500 for the Tracie Lawlor Trust. I think everyone involved would be delighted with that.'