COUNTRY Gospel singer James Kilbane and guests will raise the roof at a special concert at St Flannan’s Church in Whitegate next month, as part of a community fundraising effort to carry out refurbishment works to the church.
The Christmas concert, which has been organised by the local parish council, will be held on December 20, at 8pm and is being staged to help with the costs for the renovation work underway at St Flannan’s Church.
James will be singing some Christmas classics as well as performing some of his well-known tracks from his own varied repertoire of country Gospel music.
The funds raised as part of the concert will go towards the community effort to reroof the church as well as general refurbishment works including, carpentry work, painting and varnishing of all the churches timber surfaces.
James Kilbane, who is from Achill Island, is no stranger to County Clare and bordering counties but this will be his first concert in East Clare. Kilbane’s easy listening mix of Country Gospel favourites is now a popular sound across the country and those attending the St Flannan’s concert can look forward to almost three hours of wonderful seasonal music with many timeless Christmas favourites and Gospel classics.
James’ singing career began at the age of seven when he gave his first solo performance in his local choir and from there, James started competing in singing competitions before becoming lead singer with his own band Dollar Brand. He then participated in RTÉ’s television series You’re A Star reaching the final stage of the competition.
Tickets are now available for the Christmas concert at Whitegate Post Office and Treacy’s Foodstore or from Burke’s and Galvin’s shop in Mountshannon, Rodger’s Centra and the post office in Scariff and from Veritas in Ennis. Alternatively, tickets or more information is available from members of the Whitegate and Mountshannon Parish Council or direct from Carmel Keenan on 087 9280048 and all support will be appreciated.