With all due respect to Ballymote…

One of our emcees was treading on thin ice last Saturday night, after Ballymote native Sarah Tighe had just captivated the audience with her rendition of Killing Me Softly.

This brave young man came out and before introducing the next song said ‘What a voice! And imagine it came out of Ballymote’…

It got a good laugh from the audience, and Sarah in fairness took it well and in the spirit in which it was meant. But in all seriousness, that’s the thing about good voices – they can come from anywhere. You’re not likely to find a good baseball player from Ballymote, just as you’re not likely to find a good gaelic footballer from Baltimore. But a good singing voice, well that can come from anywhere.

And we had lots of them in the class of 2020. Jack Courtenay came out of nowhere this year and surprised his immediate family and himself with a powerful baritone voice that I hope to hear many times again. Ellen Bastible sang out of her skin on Barbara Streisand’s People from Funny Girl. Eilis Burke who thought of herself a piano player up to a year ago, firmly established herself as a singer on Saturday night with a signature performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water, and of course the brave emcee described above and pictured below doesn’t have a bad voice himself!

Videos of the performances will be released over the next few days.

Keep an eye on the Teenage Theme Nights Facebook and Instagram pages at 9pm every evening starting tonight all the way through to Friday for exclusive footage of these performances and some special behind the scenes interviews.

And to all the teenagers hiding away with their amazing voices in Ballymote and elsewhere in this fine part of the world, if you want to get involved I’m looking for expressions of interest NOW if you want to take part in our upcoming 2020-21 Teenage Theme Night programme. Open to anyone in TY, 5th Yr and 6th Yr.

Contact me any time at kieran@kieranquinn.ie

I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.