Fresh Oil to host ‘Voice of the Bann’ CD launch

DROMORE’S Fresh Oil Ministries and Music Centre will play host early next month to the launch of a new CD entitled ‘Voice of the Bann’.

A mixture of Ulster-Scots and Irish traditional music, the CD has been hailed by Fresh Oil Pastor, and well-known local musician, Sheila Smyth, as “a unique voice for this geographical area and a lovely thing to come out of Dromore”.

All proceeds from the project will be going to fund a similar project involving musicians and singers in the tea gardens of North east India.

“We hope to take a team out to record them in October of this year,” said Sheila.

Well-known Dromore musicians James and Anne Patience, of the accomplished Patience Family folk group, are among the artists to feature on the locally produced disc.

Other local professional players - including Colin Lindsay, William Garrett and Berni Torrens-Spence -also feature, as does Sheila herself, along with the Dromore-based singing circle with whom the CD shares its name - ‘Voice of the Bann’.

Professional jazz pianist, composer, and record producer Steve Plews, of ASC records, travelled across from Manchester to record the album.

Steve will be playing at intervals on the night of the launch, Saturday July 2, when proceedings will get underway at 7.30pm in the Fresh Oil building at 45 Princes Street.

Everyone is welcome to attend the launch and light refreshments will be served.

“This will be an amazing evening,” said Sheila, “and we would like people to come out and support the launch and enjoy hearing ‘Voice of the Bann’ perform the album pieces live on the night.”