Castlebar Gospel Choir



Gloria: our first CD


CD Poster

The cd was launched at the annual Ballintubber Carol Service


The recording took place at the Linenhall Theatre in October 2006


Five of the songs featured:

Let Nobody Turn You Around

Hold On

I Stood on the River


Precious Lord

Click on the links to download a streamed version of the songs
(having broadband would be a help!)



by the Castlebar Gospel Choir

Any Music or RE teacher will find lots of useful material in the CD from the Castlebar Gospel Choir. Choice of music and performance is excellent, while production values are high. Some tracks are more "gospel" than others, but tracks like Let Nobody Turn You Around and O Healing River leave no doubt about the choir's gospel credentials. Ironically one of the standout tracks for me was the least gospel in style - more folky in flavour Tom Kendzia's Stand By Me is given a really moving treatment and would be particularly suitable for school use. Instrumentation is sparse, but the piano playing is spot on and never overwhelms the vocals. Hank Williams' I Saw the Light features bouncy piano and as I'm more to that in country/bluegrass style it took some getting used to and wasn't one of the stronger tracks. Congrats to conductor Niamh O'Kelly and her soloists for a fine album, the proceeds of which go to the Simon Community.





Pictures from the recording, featuring the soloists:

Soloist Beatrice




Cantaraí Umhaill

Backup from the Cantaraí Umhaill



The Men

The men, featuring Father Mike on the right, and soloist Brendan beside him



Choir from Above



Soloist Elaine

Elaine is on the right



Niamh at Piano



Soloists Karen and Elaine

Karen duetting with Elaine





Soloist Joanne

Joanne in top form



Gospel Choir



Souvenir CD Cover


The CD is on sale on sale through Downtown Records for €15.00
or online from Galway Simon Community at


Bernard presented a cheque to Áine Kilgallon of the Simon Community in October 2007

Proceeds from the sale of the cd's go to The Simon Community


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