Online Workshops in Singing or Songwriting for schools, clubs & workplaces.

Did you know that I frequently travel to schools, clubs and even workplaces to deliver workshops? Of course most of this is happening online now, but it’s still a great way to introduce music or new concepts and opportunities in music. I really do believe anyone can write a song, and I love getting the chance to show how achievable it is! From stand alone workshops, to a series of workshops run over a few weeks, these workshops are suitable from age 7 right through secondary school and beyond! They can really open your eyes to new possibilities and create a wonderful sense of challenge and achievement.

Singing is a great way to lift the spirits, and while we may have to wait a while for our group singing to come back – when it does we’ll be ready! Whether you’re working towards a particular event, or engaging in focussed work learning songs and improving technique – I can help you improve collaboration, increase comeraderie, introduce harmony and solos, and perhaps even consider a performance! Both the Songwriting and the Singing workshops are perfect for adults as well as children – the benefits of music don’t expire with age!

I’m happy to chat or answer any questions – so ask away!

Email: Facebook: The Music Box. Ph:0863068655

‘Christmastime Again’ – a timeless song and a special project for us!

Hi there,
I’m Delighted to share ‘Christmastime Again’ with you. You can view it any time at this link:

It’s a perfect Christmas song with a wonderful story in a year where we need all the cheer we can get!This song was written by two Buncrana men 40 years ago.  Neil Doherty & the late Colm Smith.  They have played music and sung and directed going back to the early showbands and throughout their lives were always involved in local music.  Colm was in the local Pantomime Orchestra and Neil was the director of it for decades.  Phil Coulter actually wrote the closing song for Buncrana’s panto during their tenure, a gorgeous song entitled ‘Best Wishes’.  

This song was recorded back when it was written, but then faded into history until Neil gave me one of his CD’s last year and mentioned there was an old Christmas song on it, I couldn’t believe how lovely it was and I taught it to lots of local children last year.  It was a special moment when Neil and his wife Helen came to hear it performed for the first time in decades.  The children were so proud.  

Despite covid, we were determined to bring it back to life, so with careful social distancing, children from our Community Music school – The Music Box,  recorded it this year with Derry producer Eamonn Karran. Local photographer Donal Kearney made a gorgeous video featuring old and and new Christmas photos from local residents as well as some beautiful local wintery scenes.  

It’s a real Christmas Card from Donegal, and the song is full of the spirit of Christmas for people everywhere with it’s lovely nostalgic sound and catchy chorus.Please make it part of your offerings this year, I really think it will be loved far and wide and spread some much needed warmth in a tough time.