A small initial gathering of seven female voices began as an intimate harmony accapella group in Killaloe. From those humble origins The Gúnas have flourished into a successful and motivated musical ensemble and has become widely recognised as an important contributor to the musical and cultural life of the Clare area. Their first song was a short Aboriginal women’s song, introduced to them by their Australian choir director, Jo Young. Since that first evening this ensemble has performed classic examples from the standard repertoire as well as funky eclectic compositions from current composers… And have also drunk a lot of cups of tea.
The Gunas have had the pleasure of performing in many local events including “The Big Pink Gig” and “The Festival of Light”, in addition to various fund-raising initiatives and Christmas events.
On Sunday, The Gúnas, now under the musical direction of Rhoda Clery, will bring in the Festive Season by hosting their first concert. It will be an afternoon of Christmas songs, music and stories in the stunning Killaloe cathedral. Roisin Meaney will MC the event, which starts at 4pm, and will be reciting Christmas poetry and stories between the performances. The Gúnas will be joined by special guests, the Irish Youth Harp Orchestra with their musical director, Janet Harbison, and the Bella Voce Girls Choir.
Tickets are €10 and are available from choir members or from Wood Brothers Bistro, Main Street, Killaloe.
The Gúnas Christmas Tidings Concert in Killaloe Cathedral
Date: Sunday 7th December
Special guests: Irish Youth Harp Orchestra and Bella Voce girls choir