Big names on lineup for Town Band ‘Big Band Ball’ fundraiser

Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018 10:00am

Big names on lineup for Town Band ‘Big Band Ball’ fundraiser

Michael Dooley.

There are big names lined up for the Mullingar Town Band refurbishment Big Band Ball, which is on Saturday October 20 in Mullingar Park Hotel.

Guests will walk the red carpet to be treated to a glamorous evening with delicious food, a live, high-energy big band and spectacular performances starring some great live acts, the Booka Brass Band, international opera Singer Ailish Tynan, the widely versatile Finbar Coady, Helen Hassett, Johnny Irwin, Skas Good Gravy and the Celtic Blondes.

Marty Mulligan the event producer (and curator of the annual ‘Minefield’ arena at Electric Picnic) said he is looking forward to seeing as many people as possible in the Park Hotel on October 20.

“Social events such as this are not only an opportunity to come together and raise support for a deserving community institution, but also offer the chance to have conversations and a few laughs with friends old and new, and collectively feel renewed excitement and hope about the future of the Mullingar Town Band,” he said.

“The public enable these events to happen so we strongly encourage you to come along to this première fundraising night in October.’

Plans are well advanced for the black tie ball, which promises to deliver a real party feel in a fantastic setting.

If you don’t have it marked on your calendar, contact the town band at mtbbigbandball@gmail.com. Tickets are on sale also at Mullingar Arts Centre and from Mullingar Town Band. (Continues below image.)

Performers

Ailish Tynan, soprano

Irish soprano Ailish Tynan won the 2003 Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

Ailish was a member of the prestigious Vilar Young Artist programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and a BBC New Generation Artist, where she recorded and performed prolifically with the BBC orchestras and in recital.

She has established herself in the opera world thanks to with many notable concert appearances.

She has appeared on both first and last night of the BBC Proms and has performed regularly at the festival. She has numerous song recordings. Ailish has also presented several episodes of Saturday Classics for the BBC and has appeared on BBC Proms Extra as a TV pundit.

Additionally, she was a jury member for the Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, and Wigmore Song Prize.

In the current season Ailish makes her debut with the Dresdner Philharmonic for Mahler Symphony No. 8, performs Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem with the Britten Sinfonia and makes her recital debut in Stockholm with Magnus Svensson.

Further ahead are her debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Recitals at Wigmore Hall, Iris in Handel’s Semele for The English Consort where she makes her Carnegie Hall debut, Verdi Requiem with Kings College Cambridge which will be a cinema broadcast and a much anticipated return to Grange Park Opera.

Finbar Coady, singer/entertainer

Always dressed to impress, Finbar Coady is a widely versatile singer, performer and entertainer with a vast musical repertoire.

From the Classics of The Rat Pack to today’s hits he creates a fun interactive atmosphere for his audience.

The perfect Entertainment for the Big Band Ball, Finbar will make you smile, make you sing and then make you want to dance the night away!

Michael Dooley, conductor

Michael is a regular performer with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and The Irish Chamber Orchestra.

He is a founder member of the Limerick Wind Octet and is Bandmaster of St Patrick’s Brass Band while also conducting the Galway Youth Orchestra.

Michael has worked also as musical director for a number of Galway musical societies and is a member of the Augustinian Choir.

He is currently the bandleader with the Moonlight Big Band in Galway and the Limerick City Big Band.

Michael comes from a  jazz family in Galway and grew up playing Dixieland music under the direction of his father Kieran Dooley.

He is principal bassoonist with the Irish Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Limerick Philharmonic and the LCU Orchestra.

He is on the teaching staff at the Limerick Municipal School of Music in Limerick and is the bassoon and woodwind coach of the international faculty of the annual BISYOC orchestral summer course held throughout Europe each summer.

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