Six teenage girls from the midlands have combined their unique skills and talents to create “Celtic Chique”, Ireland’s newest girl group.
Andrea Glennon, Marie Egan, Aoife Mulhern, Jordi O’Rourke, Aisling Cahill and Laura Ward are all students of Evolution Stage School, run by Tracey Carty and Paul Hennessy. The girls performed together for the first time in late 2012, and have been going from strength to strength since. With their blend of traditional songs and modern ballads, the girls have been a huge hit with audiences of all ages and tastes, and listening to their voices, it’s not hard to know why. In fact, the girls have also gained a fan in singer Charlie McGettigan, who has even penned a number for the group.
According to the group’s manager and Evolution teacher, Paul Hennessy, the girls were chosen based on what had already been heard and seen. “Each girl looks and sounds different” he explains, adding that each voice is so distinguishable from the next.
The group are currently in the process of recording their debut CD with their musical director and producer, Longford’s Paul Gurney. “He’s dead on” says Laura Ward, adding that while what they are doing is technically classed as work, the girls all really enjoy it.
All six girls are in secondary school, with four of the group having just completed their Junior Certificate exams. As for juggling their budding music careers with school, the girls have no problem with it, and Laura adds “It’s hard coming up to exams, but you can balance it yourself!”
Paul is no stranger to the music business himself, and as such is the perfect candidate for guiding the girls along the way. “You can’t rush into things” he explains, adding “you have to look at who wants to get involved, not who you want to get involved.”
The future is bright for the girls, with Paul admitting that an American promoter is already very interested. The girls also performed as special guests when the Kinnegad students of Evolution Stage School took their show to the Backstage Theatre. At the moment, the girls are keeping busy with recording commitments, rehearsals and adding to their already impressive repertoire. To keep up to date with Celtic Chique, to view tour dates or to watch the girls in action, visit www.celticchique.com
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