First up in our Junior Journalist series – Shannon Harkin.

IMG_20181105_173153We have a small army of singers and musicians, but they are talented in so many other ways. Our new series of articles by junior journalists, and interviews in our Student Spotlight segment will let you know more about the world our students live in and what they think about music and life! Our first story (below) has already been picked up by the Inish Times, and is a lovely piece written by Shannon Harkin, 5th class Scoil Naomh Padraig, Drumfries!

Five Reasons why I love The Music Box by Shannon Harkin

Every Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm, I go to singing classes at the Sliabh Sneacht Centre, Drumfries. I am part of The Sliabh Sneacht Singers and my teacher is Bernie Doherty. Here are five reasons why I love singing class:

We get a lot of opportunities to record songs and visit a recording studio, which not many children or even adults get to experience.

Singing class is a lot of fun, although we do work very hard and learn lots of new things.

We get to sing solos of our choice at our Christmas and summer shows, and also learn harmonies etc. I like that our families get the chance to hear us sing at these shows.

I love singing, and The Music Box has really helped to build my confidence.

Going to class is really enjoyable because my teacher is very nice and helpful, and I also like spending time with the friends that I have made.

I would recommend these classes to anyone of any age who loves to sing. It is such an enjoyable pastime.

Shannon Harkin

We’ve been recording like mad – and we now have 3 CD’s!

Ok, we’re done with the studio for a while!!  It was tough going,  but it is rewarding and important work and it was a great great opportunity for so many local singers aged 4-14 to experience the process – from learning new original songs, adding harmony, recording in and out of the studio, meeting sound engineers and producers and seeing the finished product in the form of shiny cd’s!!  We have a whopping THREE cd’s now!

cropped-boogiebugsjpeg1.jpgThe first is my own wee early yrs CD, it sold out a couple of yrs back and I only got around to a second printing of it now.  15 songs, 11 written by yours truly, all for our littlest musical kiddos from babies on up. It costs €10.

future gen cdNext up is our FUTURE GENERATION CD, recorded earlier this year by about 70 children county wide, it not only contains the Future Generation song I wrote with Brighdin Carr, it was also features our wonderful BALLAD OF 1916, as recorded by our Wee Glee Singers in 2016 for the centenary of the Easter Rising. It’s €5.

christmas cd coverLastly, our brand new Christmas EP,  (available by mid November ’18) featuring 40 children from all over Inishowen.  It’s a collection of 4 songs, 3 original Christmas songs I wrote for our children’s singing groups, and a favourite Christmas song, Silent Night (recorded by our Music Box Seniors, with a special arrangement by me 😉 ). This one is €8.

We hope that somewhere among these 3 cd’s, you’ll find songs your family will love, and go back to year after year.  Thanks as always to our wonderful Music Box Families and everyone that has helped us along the way xx

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