On Friday 26th Novemnber I travelled to Waterford for the celebration concert of 140 years of the Barrack Street Brass and Reed Band now named the Barrack Street Concert Band . The concert took place in the Good Shepherd Convent, their first time at this venue and was very well attended despite the arctic conditions. Guest artists were Donna Roche, Ray Collins, the fine De La Salle Boys Choir with their conductor, Ben Hanlon and playwright , Jim Nolan . A fantastic achievement to have survived two world wars , a civil war and the various economic upheavals and Waterford people are rightly very proud of this stalwart group of musicians, conducted in recent years by Mark Fitzgerald. Coincidentally earlier in the day , I met Danny Ryan of the Tipperary Music Shop and Accordion Orchestra and he recalled the band meeting the annual expedition to the coast and serenading the day trippers into Waterford.
|Ace clarinetist Jane Desmond|
It was good to meet former conductor , Liam Daly in the audience. Jim Nolan read from his play 'The Salvage Shop' lines from which give cheer to amateurs everywhere' and the evening was ably compered by Nicola Beresford.
Bravo Barrack Street Concert Band. !