Skibbereen Day Care will be hosting students from Rath National School and singer-songwriter from
Baltimore, Liz Clark for a special once-off event, called Autumn Songs on Wednesday 23 October at
11am. The event kicks off a tour of all the Day Care Centres across West Cork through October and
Everyone involved will all be learning and singing some of Ireland’s oldest and beloved traditional
folk songs celebrate the turning of the seasons.
Singer-song writer Liz Clark, is a regular in hospitals and daycare 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.
Skibbereen Day Care Coordinator describes the Arts for Health Programme, ‘it empowers the
individual clients to be the best that they can be, and this is a fantastic outcome for everyone.’
As a resident musician in hospitals through the Arts for Health Programme, Liz, originally from
Colorado USA has learned many of these treasured songs, steeped in Irish tradition from the
residents themselves. These songs have withstood many generations already and now to make sure
to carry these songs through to the next generation,’ we’ll be focusing on some of our favourites,
with an aim to teach the students some of the old songs, that may be new to them (if they don’t
already know them). It will be a real celebration to have different generations singing together.
“I’m hoping the atmosphere will be quite lively with children 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”.