A huge crowd of family, friends and musicians flocked to Brewery Lane Theatre last Saturday night for the launch of Kevin Power’s new CD of folk music “Goin’The Road - in the Clancy Tradition”.
The celebrations began with a concert featuring Kevin and the talented line up of local musicians and singers Marietta and Dave Cooney, Colm, Eibhlín and Aine Power, young Patrick Hennessy, Alice Rattigan, Maria O’Shea, John O’Dwyer, Paul Grant and Martin Murray.
The show ended with a huge finale of the performers lifting the roof with their melodies complimented by a magical symphony of fiddles, guitars, mandolin and flutes.
MC Wattie Dunphy entertained everyone throughout the evening with witty tales as he introduced the local musicians and spoke passionately of Kevin Power’s wealth of talent inspired by his famous uncles, the Clancy Brothers, and his mother, renowned ballad singer and actress Peg Power.
The CD now available in local shops in Carrick-on-Suir was produced and recorded in Ashville Studios in Carrick-on-Suir by fellow musician Martin Murray, who features on the CD along with Paul Grant, Colm Power, Finbarr Clancy, Donal Clancy, Donnacha Gough and Kevin’s daughters Eibhlin and Aine.
Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald was on hand to formally launch the CD the night.
Kevin extended a special thanks to local writer Frances Norris on the night for her encouragement to record his songs having heard him singing and playing in a local pub in Carrick-on-Suir a few years ago.
Frances who has recently returned from an exchange trip to Newfoundland, promoted the CD in the Canadian province and continues to promote it locally.
A celebratory evening followed for Kevin accompanied by his wife Breda, parents Tom and Peg, his children, fellow musicians, many friends and extended family.