Cathy has been singing since childhood. At Primary School she took part in plays and musicals gaining knowledge, confidence and experience. When she joined the Armagh Pipers Club, led by Brian and Eithne Vallely, she learned the tin whistle and flute and her love of music developed and expanded.
When singing classes were offered by the Armagh Pipers Club, Cathy became an enthusiastic pupil and her singing talent blossomed under the guidance and tutelage of Eithne Vallely. She often performed solo and in small groups and her ability and confidence grew and matured. Cathy then went on to teach singing and tin whistle in Armagh Pipers Club for many years.
At Secondary School Cathy was a member of junior, senior and Chamber Choirs and also performed lead parts in several school musicals. Cathy also joined the local St Malachy’s Church Choir thus broadening her range of song and music. She has sung as a soloist at masses and major religious ceremonies including Cardinals’ inaugurations which were broadcast live on radio and television. This led to her being requested to sing at weddings, funerals, anniversaries and also at civil ceremonies. Cathy has been offering this service now for 20 years.
In 1997, Cathy was awarded a Grade 8 certificate in Vocal Performance from London College of Music. She was a runner up in the BBC Radio 2 Finals of Young Musician of the Year in 1999 (as a singer).
In 2001, Cathy recorded and launched a CD of songs. ‘Callanside’ was launched in Armagh’s Drumsill House hotel to a packed house. It was played on several radio stations and was very favourably critiqued by Belfast Telegraph’s Neil Johnson.
Cathy regularly sings to the accompaniment of organ, keyboard, guitar, string quartets and also sings acapella. Cathy also has one male and two female family members who join her on request and provide beautiful harmonies, thus extending the range and choice of music and song. Cathy also plays flute and tin whistle instrumentals which adds another dimension to her work and offers her clients variety and value for money.
Cathy provides a professional consultation service and is happy to assist and advise with the music and song preparation to help create the perfect ambience for your special day/occasion.