Cherry Jubilee the band are Martina Cullinane and Abbie O’Shea who are from Lismore, Lorna Cullen from Cappoquin and Emily Aherne from Tallow. These four girls attend Blackwater Community School in Lismore, Co. Waterford. The average age of the girls is 16 and it all started when the girls used to hang around together during school and over time they developed into a group. I met with the girls this week and we spoke about where it started and what they have done in such a short time span. The one thing that struck me was the modesty these girls display while talking but also the fact that each of the girls have a strong personality.
Recent winners of a Dublin digital radio station contest where you had to enter a song either in Irish or a combination of Irish and English. The girl’s music teacher mentioned it to the girls and like everything they do they simply wrote a song put it on CD and sent it off, not thinking too much about it until they were informed that they were in the final. Only then did the girls start promoting the song locally and got all their friends and family to vote. Needles to say once they put their mind to it they won the competition, first prize was to be included in a CD which will be given out next year in the Irish Daily Star country wide. What makes it better is that the girls wrote the song them selves.
So I asked them had they any other news along those lines and again I was informed that they took part in an energy science competition in school. ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards is an all-Ireland environmental awards programme that recognises and rewards young people who raise environmental awareness and improve the environment. They decided that rather then doing the typical project like building things or even showing how you can save energy they wrote a song and entered it in the competition.
They went to Cork and sang their song and were voted through to the finals which will be held in Dublin on the 18th May and if they win this competition they might get the chance to sing for the President of Ireland. This news was imparted as nonchalantly as one would discuss the weather. These girls have their feet firmly on the ground and to top it all off they are four good friends.
What you will find with these four young ladies is that they compliment each other, they work hard at harmonies, each of them plays an instrument Piano, Violin, Guitar but it’s the way they combine the songs they write with their own unique voice. I asked them do they sing songs from groups like the Corrs etc and was told that they rather take songs from many groups and make them their own, singing songs from the Corrs would only be repeating what the Corrs have done. They will continue to write and perform their own songs for now. Keep your eyes open for this group in your area.