From the Men’s Side – written by Brian Lube
My first introduction to the Men’s Shed was at their Opening Day, August 2015. Everybody was so very impressed.
I had just retired and I went along a few weeks later to join. I was made to feel so welcome by everyone, meeting new friends and reconnecting with friends that I grew up with all those years ago.
When I first heard of a Men’s Shed Choir, my first reaction was to laugh and say, “You have to be able to sing to join a choir!” But then we met Eimear and Claire Crehan from the SUSO Music School, two of the most talented, patient and encouraging ladies on this earth. They gave us the confidence to stage a concert supported by the SUSO Gospel Choir in St. Coca’s Church, Kilcock earlier this year. My wife made the comment, “The only time I thought I would ever see Brian up the front of the church would be in his coffin!”
Taking the Next Step
Following the success of the concert, Eimear and Claire encouraged us to go for it and record an album. We met each Tuesday for our choir practice, and even did some songwriting. The title track, “The Sands of Time,” was composed by Claire, Eimear and the Men’s Shed Choir, and it has now been recorded.
We recorded our album earlier this month and it will be launched at our next concert on Friday, 11th November in St. Coca’s Church, Kilcock.
Who would have thought that a group of men who had never sung in public before would get the chance to perform and record with such accomplished musicians as Claire, Eimear, Mícheál and Dermot White, Joe Cassidy & Jimmy McGeeney
This proves that with the right tutelage YOU CAN TEACH OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS!
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”