Aoife Scott Fundit

My buddy Aoife Scott is raising money for her debut album. She is in the final stages of her fundit campaign with little over 10 days to go. Although she is close to reaching her target she needs that extra push to get her over the line and into that bonus territory. She has to make the target or she gets nothing so please give what you can. Her reward scheme is one of the best crowdsourcing packages I’ve seen in a long time and you really will get your money’s worth.

She’s a very talented singer from a rich musical heritage (her mother is the singer Frances Black) and she has a real love for songs and the craft of singing. She sings with passion and heart and I’m certain she will go along way. This is a great oppurtunity to support an emerging artist at the ground floor. You won’t be disappointed. So you know, help the girl out…

To learn more about Aoife, please visit her website here

Here is Aoife performing last week in the grounds of the National Concert Hall for GoldenPlec’s Coast to Coast: Tea & Toast charity event in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland

Austerity be damned, these people need some of your cash

Roisin gives the thumbs up to Theatre

Roisin Stack has done a huge amount of work in Galway for the last number of years to promote theatre in the Galway area. As director of the Galway Theatre Festival, held each year in November, she has overseen the provision of a great platform that local theatre companies can use to promote and showcase their productions. The festival has been a huge success and has without a doubt increased the number and quality of productions being made in Galway and provided a great launching pad for west of Ireland talent. One of the most successful of these companies is Mephisto and they have provided the lovely Miss Stack with an oppurtunity to direct an exciting project this summer. They are currently seeking finance to help fund the production through fundit and I think they are a very worthy cause and that this is an oppurtity to thank Roisin for her hard work with some hard cold cash. You can apply to help them here

The play they are going to produce is “The Mai” by Martina Carr, this is what the lads in Mephisto have to say about it.

‘The Mai’ is our 20th production and builds on our successful run at the Town Hall Theatre in 2011 with ‘The Honey Spike’ by Bryan MacMahon. For that production the Town Hall Theatre invested financially in us, as they are doing with ‘The Mai’. With a cast of thirteen and demanding production requirements, ‘The Honey Spike’ was “an epic step in the company’s 5-year theatrical voyage”, (Irish Theatre Magazine). In August 2012, we’re taking an even bigger leap.

The Project:
‘The Mai’ by Marina Carr is a play about love, the kind that chews you up and spits you out. It’s a play that centres on four generations of women from the same family who struggle to come to terms with effects of their love and how it can be damaged but remain true; a play that our female actors will relish. With all the plays in the world to choose from, we chose this one, chiefly because Marina Carr is one of Ireland’s most popular and gifted modern Irish playwrights.

From opium-smoking, oar-wielding matriarch Grandma Fraochlán, who forever laments the death of her beloved Nine-Fingered Fisherman, to The Mai herself who tears her world apart and re-builds it again and again for her passionate but absent husband Robert, to their 16-year-old daughter, Millie, who is just beginning to learn about the punch that crazy love can pack, ‘The Mai’ re-imagines the timeless Celtic myth of Coillte and Bláth, and gives the audience a story that will lodge deep down in their bones.

Why do we need your help?
‘The Mai’ is our most ambitious play yet – a challenging and moving play, a large cast, performing on the main stage of the Town Hall Theatre, Galway – and we have engaged a professional team of theatre practitioners to stage this ambitious production. We are fortunate to have some financial support from the Town Hall Theatre and we are looking to raise just over 10% of our budget here on Fund it for design costs needed to compliment the dream-like, elegiac quality of the script, and to get us over the line and give the production the staging it deserves.

In other funding news, some more of my buddies are also looking for cash.
Aoife Scott is doing a parachute jump in aid of the RISE foundation, you can support it here

The RISE Foundation is a registered charity founded by the singer Frances Black in 2008, focussed on the family of those in addiction (alcohol, drugs, gambling, food addiction etc.).
Our Mission “To support families who have loved ones in addiction, to reduce addiction related harm and to combat the shame and stigma associated with addiction”.
At RISE (Recovery In a Safe Environment), we are dedicated to working towards helping families to free themselves from the heartache of a loved one in addiction, and to rediscover relationships in families lost to addiction.
We help families understand the nature of addiction, and teach self-help mechanisms to those suffering the devastation and heartache of having a loved one in addiction.

Maire De Barra is running a marathon to help raise funds for the Cork Life Centre, you can support it here

The Sunday’s Well Life centre is one of 4 Life Centres in Ireland.
Established in Cork in 2000, the Centre offers one-to-one education, counselling and support to early school leavers aged 12-16.

Laura Rigney and her consorts are raising a lot of money for concern by climbing up a big hill you can support her here

In 2011, we, that is, Laura Rigney, Sarah O’Toole and Sinead Coughlan, decided to climb Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, in aid of Concern. There are many personal reasons behind why we have decided to do this however it is primarily to try to make a difference. We believe we can achieve that difference through fundraising for Concern, a respected Irish, non Governmental Organisation with a long track record of making successful interventions in areas of the developing world where help is most needed.
Please help us to help others by lending us your financial support. Our target is to raise €17,000 in sponsorship all of which will go directly to improving lives through agricultural and environmental health development and practice in Tanzania, where Mt. Kilimanjaro is situated. The challenge is now set for 11th October 2012.
Donating through this site is simple and totally secure. Concern will receive your money directly so they can put it to work in some of the poorest communities in Africa.
Thanks so much for your support and for helping to make a difference.
Much love and gratitude

Laura, Sarah & Sinead
The Summit Seekers

A Song for Ireland

A while back I edited and directed a music video for my friend Aoife Scott who next week will represent Ireland in the Liet International Song Contest in Italy


It’s no surprise that Aoife Scott shall be taking to the stage in Udine to represent
Ireland in this prestigious competition.

Born into the legendary Black Family – which includes her mother, Frances,
and her aunt, Mary – she has been surrounded by and immersed in Irish music,
language and culture from an early age, from listening to her grandparents,
mother, aunt and uncles making music around the fire, to observing the backstage
workings of festivals both here and abroad. Having moved to the west coast of
Ireland several years ago and her passion for the native Irish language spoken
there is reflected in her choice of songs.

She possesses a voice that reflects the wild western landscape: fragile one minute
and forceful the next. Aoife has showcased her music at an international level,
bringing the Irish language to the world stage and increasing an awareness for
Irish Culture and heritage abroad. Her work includes prestigious performances
with some of Ireland’s finest musicians and international acts including Sharon
Shannon, Séamus Begley, Cherish the Ladies, Eddi Reader, Pauline Scanlon
and of course the Black Family. Hers is the featured voice on the soundtrack of
the acclaimed Irish language TV series 1916 Seachtar na Cásca, which aired in
September 2010, and she has made appearances on the BBC’s Imeall Geal.

Through Aoife’s involvement and participation in the Liet International Festival,
Aoife shall once again take the Irish language to a world stage through the
medium of music. Whilst in Italy, Aoife shall partake in many press and media
interviews discussing her role as the Irish musical ambassador in Udine, whilst
also promoting the Irish language, bringing it further positive international

Aoife’s involvement with Liet International Festival, will create relationships with
other such artists abroad and other organisations, i.e. booking agents, festivals,
tour promoters and interested media partners. Aoife will perform in this reputable
contest with the song “Donal Ná Fag”, written by acclaimed singer and songwriter
Enda Reilly.

“Donal Ná Fág is proof that you can take the wild spirit of traditional Irish Music and
reset it in a 21st century context. A thrilling mix of the old and the new, it sums up Aoife
Scott herself, a fiery passionate young talent springing from a fine musical family. ”
Hot Press September 2011

For more information please contact

<a href=" International – Takes place on 19th of November 2011
Winner of “Fast Track to Feis” Competition – London Feis – June 2011
Winner of BallyShannon Folk Festival Showcase – Ballyshannon – July 2011
Regional Finalist in Hot Press/2fm/Arthurs Day competition – September 2011
Finalist in Upcoming Liet International Song Contest – Italy – November 2011