Skibbereen Day Care will be hosting students from Rath National School and The Starling Band for a special event called “Advice to a younger Generation Tour” on Wednesday the 6th of December at 11am, kicking off a tour for all the day care centres in West Cork.
The Starling Band will be performing songs written collaboratively with older participants in hospitals throughout West Cork as part of the winter celebrations under the Arts For Health Partnership Programme.
Singer-song writer Liz Clark, is a regular in hospitals and day care centres taking part in the Arts for Health Partnership Programme including Bantry Day Care Centre, Castletownbere Day Care Centre, Clonakilty Community Hospital, Skibbereen Community Hospital, Bantry Community Hospital & Castletownbere Community Hospital. She was often hearing words of wisdom and pieces of advice from participants in the many conversations that took place during her music sessions. Inspired by this, Liz set about to consciously retrieve this advice with the idea of creating a new song together.
‘I learned how best to spark a lively dialogue, not by asking outright for words of advice without a context, but to share some of my own and each week I came with a printout of old Irish sayings and adages.’
An original song with widespread contributions taken from the discussions was constructed by the musician and was performed live at each setting for feedback and fine tuning.
The Starling Band was formed through the Starling Song Project back in 2012 and is lead by Liz Clark with Deirdre Archbold, Christine Deady, Paula K O’Brien, all healthcare professionals working in Clonakilty Community Hospital who met through the Arts for Health Partnership Programme.“ I’m hoping the atmosphere will be quite lively with kids singing along and stories flying about the old days”, says Liz. “It’ll be a nice opportunity for these age groups to mix- all through music”.