There’s a hidden gem in Castlecomer that you may or may not have had a chance to marvel at.
It comes in the shape of a voice, that of Trish Carroll, who has entertained for some time without any fanfare.
Now, however, she’s finally putting herself more to the forefront with first ever CD, I Carry Your Heart, due to be launched at the Set Theatre on Monday next.
Singing since she was a child in Drimnagh, Dublin, over the years Trish was a regular in Castlecomer as her father was from Clogh. She met her husband, Martin Carroll, here and they remained in the town, raising children Griffin (15) and Peter (13). At all stages Trish sang, her stunning vocals soaring at Mass, in concerts and with other individuals and groups, notably Kilkenny’s Unity Singers.
This CD is a dream come true and will serve as a wonderful tribute to Trish’s sister, Maureen, who sadly died less than a year ago.
The launch itself will be something of a treat as joining Trish for a fully seated night of music and song are renowned Irish musicians Frances Black and Michael English, who will both perform at the event along with a five-piece band. Trish will perform some of the songs from her CD, including two tracks that she wrote and composed herself.
Other tracks on the album includes Trish’s own unique take on Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now, Gilbert O’Sullivan’s Nothing Rhymed and Sarah Bareilles’ Between the Lines. Trish is also extremely grateful to Frank McGing and Niall Brennan for an original song that they gave to her to for the album, Alaska. Other featured artists include Stevie Nicks and Connie Francis.
Trish says: “I’d like to think there is something for everyone on this album. There is a mix of folk and ballad music along with jazz and country. Each song on this album makes me feel something different and I will always remember each recording. Every song has a special meaning for me and I hope that people will enjoy it.”
Ollie Hennessy, who recorded the album at Studio 404 in Carlow, will accompany the artists with a full band on Monday from 8pm.
CDs will be on sale on the night and Trish will be available to sign copies.
And, with the album now in hand, she can now work on her next ambition: singing with Damian Dempsey!