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 Versatility and vitality are two words that best describe the talent on the forthcoming release of the ROOTS 3 music collection. Titled, ‘Songs From Our Young’ the 19 track compilation album is out on the 15th of December and is the product of the much-heralded annual Y Factor music showcase and the inspirational work of Bobby Lee and other volunteers from Youghal’s Hot Spot Youth Center . The album leaves the listener with a great sense of hope for the future, such is the breadth and depth of musical enterprise, enthusiasm and engagement. If you wanted to judge a CD by its cover then you will find it easy to anticipate the energy in the production given the sheer joy in the pictures of the musicians. 

What happens in the process for these lucky and gifted young people can not be understated in an era where the young are often criticized for being too self involved in social media and communications technology. Here is the proof of commitment to hours of practice, confidence in performance and expression of talent. There are simply too many ‘goose-bump’ moments popping out of the speakers to unjustly single out any one, or few, songs from the track listing. Suffice it to say that each track has a unique sound and treatment and it is very evident that the superb production work is the result of a passion to support the efforts of the young talents on show. Bobby explained how the process came to fruition.


“We began recording the bones of roots 3 during the Halloween break 2013. We spent a week with 3 to 4 bands or acts everyday to get the core of each track down. Throughout the year, as funds allowed, we added other instruments in. It was engineered and recorded by John Burke at Claycastle Studios Youghal and features The roots backing band of Conor Sloane on drums and Leo Mullane on bass. It all derived from the Y Factor music Showcase 2013 an ongoing event. We used funds from the show to get it going and good deed cards like bob or job cards were given to the acts to gather pre - order cash and help us along. It’s been long nights and early mornings in the studio to bring it to here but it’s a real a blessing and well worth the journey . 

It has a total of 19 tracks originals and re-arranged cover versions of the artists’ old and new.” It is more than heartening to realize that ROOTS 3: Songs From Our Young is the third installment from the practice rooms of the Hot Spot and the stage of the Y Factor. It is without any question the outstanding success story that has quietly and humbly trumped all others for its sustained commitment to the youth of Youghal.A special spin off single will be released from the album for the ‘Get Bizzy For Izzy’ campaign in support of Izzy O’ Connell. The Beatles track, ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ is performed by the Bunscoil Singers.

by Mike Twomey

Roots 3 is dedicated to the memory of the ever present Pat Mc Mahona missionary sister from Youghal who moved on recently

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IZZY 

During the recording of roots 3 a little girl came to our attention that needed our help . A little help from my friends sung by The Bunscoil Singers is dedicated to a brave littly girl named Izzy O connell who has turned the light on so many hearts since her journey began. x

Drums - Conor Sloane - Bass Leo Mullane - Guitars and Keys - Bobby lee

Vocals -Hannah O Keefe, Julie Burke,Tara Flavin, Caoimhe McSweeney,Orlaith Curtin, Realta Lawton Hynes,Caoimhe Crowley,Avril Mulcahy, Rebecca Lane,Corey Lewis,Sarah O Connor,Kayla Mc Cleverty,Holly Hennessy, Holly Mc Carthy Thompson *Stephen manning , Aaron Shaughnessy,Robert Hayes,Conor Sloane,Leo Mullane

 
 

SOME SNAPS FROM ROOT 3 RECORDING SESSION AT CLAYCASTLE STUDIOS YOUGHAL

HIGHWIRE - STEOHEN MANNING, ROBERT HAYES & AARON SHAUGHNESSY 

EOIN AND OISIN FOLEY A.K.A FLAME ROCKING IN THE FREE WORLD 

 

EXIT FIRE AND CIDER WASPS

EXIT FIRE &  MAMMY,CIDER WASPS, JANE CROWLEY , HOLLY TWOMEY 

KATIE FOLEY , MOLLY FOLEY, BEN SCOFIELD , DAVID BANIM & ROOTS CREW 



ERNA CUNNINGHAM - JANE AND HOLLY SAOIRSE 

 FLAME - PETER KIRK , KYLE BROWN , MICHAEL AHEARN , JORDAN CARROLL 

BUNSCOIL SINGERS & HIGHWIRE  

ANDREA BAKER , KAYLA MC CLEVERTY , TAR FLAVIN AND ROOTS CREW 



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                 ROOTS II LAUNCH AT CLAYCASTLE STUDIOS YOUGHAL 



JOHN BURKE TELLING US ALL ABOUT THE STUDIO 

CLODAGH WHELAN ,CHEYNNE LEWIS & BOBBY LEE 

 

This is Roots II, a 13-track album of music and songs recorded by the participants of the 2012 Y Factor talent competition, Youghal. Often emotionally charged and delightful in equal turn, the album features young artists showcasing wide and varied gifts in vocal dexterity and musicianship, boasting highly inventive versions of classics and three stand alone original recordings.



LAUNCH NIGHT FOR ROOTS 2 AT CLAYCASTLE STUDIOS

JADED - Tadgh QUIRKE, AARON SHAUGHNESSY, CONOR SLOANE & KEVIN KEARNS 

               MARTIN SHEEHAN,JOE TIERNEY ( CHILD OF HAITI) JOHN BURKE BOBBY LEE & WARREN TIVY 

A LIVE NIGHT REVIEW 


THE Y FACTOR 2012 IN ITS 8 YEAR WAS HELD IN THE WALTER RALEIGH HOTEL IN YOUGHAL ON FRIDAY THE 13TH OF JANUARY . A CROWD OF 400 OR SO ONLOOKERS GATHERED TO EXPERIENCE SOME AMAZING TALENT AND SPINE TINGLING PERFORMANCES FROM THE YOUTH. THE HOSTESSES WITH THE MOSTEST MAKELLA DONAGHUE AND LAURA BARRY WERE COMPLETELY AT HOME ON STAGE AND BRILLIANT AT KEEPING THE PERFORMERS AT EASE AND THE SHOW IN MOTION . THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE NIGHT 12 ACTS HAND PICKED FROM AUDITIONS THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE HOT SPOT YOUTH CENTER BEFORE CHRISTMAS TOOK TO THE STAGE AND PERFORMED A SONG EACH.

 

CATRIONA SAVAGE  A PERFORMER ALSO LAST YEAR WAS FIRST TO GRACE THE STAGE WITH A WONDERFUL RENDITION OF LEANNE RYMES HOW DO I LIVE . NEXT UP WAS JACK SWEETMAN ALSO A performer LAST YEAR WHO MESMERIZED THE CROWD WITH HIS DANCING SKILLS BRINGING THEM TO THEIR FEET IN APPRECIATION, FOLLOWING ON WE HAD ELLE ROCHE PERKS FROM ARDMORE SINGING A BEAUTIFUL VERSION OF ELTON JOHNS YOUR SONG 


.CHEYENNE LEWIS AND CLODAGH WHELAN FIRST TIME PERFORMERS ON STAGE WERE NEXT UP DOING A GREAT VERSION OF A CLASSIC COUNTRY SONG BY THE DIXIE CHICKS CALLED TRAVELLING SOLDIER THEN CAME NEVILLE SCOTT ON VOCALS AND GUITAR AND MICHEAL AHEARN ON GUITAR FIRST TIME PERFORMERS BUT DIDN'T SHOW THEY WERE BRILLIANT DOING A MIX OF BRUNO MARS BILLIONAIRE AND STEREO HEARTS .


THE LAST TO PERFORM IN THE UNDER 14 CATEGORY WAS THE YOUNGEST PERFORMER AND WINNER OF THE COVETED Y FACTOR 2012 TITLE THIS YEAR 9 YEAR OLD TARA FLAVIN FROM YOUGHAL SINGING ADELE ROLLING IN THE DEEP .TARA IS INVOLVED WITH HIGH SPIRITS A DRAMA GROUP AND HAS PERFORMED IN SHOWS BEFORE.THE MOMENT SHE BEGAN TO SING THE ELECTRICITY WAS ELEVATED IN THE ROOM BRINGING THE HOUSE DOWN AND RAISING THE CROWD TO THEIR FEET IN RESPECT OF AN ASTONISHING VOICE COMING FROM A SMALL LADY.


OVER THE INTERVAL SAM FOREST SHOWED US WHY SHE WAS WINNER OF LAST YEARS Y FACTOR TITLE PERFORMING JAR OF HEARTS BY CHRISTINA PERRI THE SECOND HALF WAS KICKED OFF BY THE EVENTUAL WINNERS OF THE OVER 15 CATEGORY A 4 PIECE BAND FROM GLANMIRE THE LEGIONAIRES PERFORMING A CRACKING SONG CALLED RUN . MADE UP OF ( TOM CALAHANE (GUITAR VOCALS) ,DAVE O LEARY ( GUITAR) , GARY LEEHEY (BASS ) AND IAN GUBBINS ( DRUMS) . IT WAS APPARENT THE MOMENT THE BAND TOOK TO THE STAGE THEY WEREN'T NEW TO THE GIG SCENE THEY RAISED THE ROOF WITH THEIR PERFORMANCE BRINGING THE AUDIENCE TO THEIR FEET IN RESPONSE TO A HIGHLY ENERGETIC PERFORMANCE


.NEXT CAME ACCORDION PLAYER VIRTUOSO DANIEL RYAN GETTING A STANDING OVATION FOR PLAYING A PIECE HE WROTE NAMED BLIZZARD. MELISSA BORD AND RACHEL CRONIN WERE NEXT UP DOING A SUPER RENDITION OF SKINNY LOVE BY BON IVER HARMONIES AN ALL. THEN CAME ROCKING 4 PIECE BAND JADED FROM YOUGHAL , MADE UP OF TADGH QUIRKE (GUITAR AND VOCALS) CONOR SLOANE (DRUMS) ,KEVIN KEARNS (BASS AND VOCALS)AND AARON SHAUGHNESSY (GUITAR) THEY TOOK THE STAGE BY STORM AND WITH CONFIDENCE PERFORMING AN ORIGINAL SONG CALLED DEAR DIARY AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST 4 PIECE BAND LONG STORY SHORT MADE UP OF EOGHAN MOLONEY ON (VOCALS )DYLAN VARIAN (GUITAR ) TOM BUDDS (GUITAR) AND DARRAGH LEE ON DRUMS ROCKING THE HOUSE WITH A SONG CALLED LOVER BOY BY YOU ME SIX


OBSERVORS JOHN BURKE A PRODUCER MUSICIAN AND ENGINEER IN CLAYCASTLE STUDIO YOUGHAL ,CAITRIONA TYNAN A VOCAL COACH AND SINGER FROM YOUGHAL AND DAVE TOWMEY A GUITARIST SINGER AND Y FACTOR WINNER EXPRESSED THEIR OPINIONS AFTER EACH PERFORMANCE ON WHAT WAS GOOD AND HOW TO BETTER THEIR SKILLS IN PERFORMING TO BUILD CONFIDENCE AND SELF BELIEF .