Transition-year students organise concert for their peers
By Niamh Frain and Aoife Shiels
Following the success of the last BEO! Concert in October, Transition Year-students at Coliste Ailigh, St Eunan's College and Loreto Letterkenny have put together another full night of entertainment for Transition-Years all over the county.
BEO! is set for 8 pm, Feb. 18, in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. The organising committee have extended a warm welcome to schools in Milford, Glenties, Limavady, Gweedore and Ballyshannon and hope that this adds to the electric atmosphere that was created before.
Although the three bands that blew the audience away in October have set a very high standard, the student organisers said the bands they we have chosen this time will rise to the occasion, including a homegrown Donegal band as well as two other acts that have been making a name for themselves around the country.
Scuba Dice, a four-piece Pop Punk band from Ireland's southeast of Ireland, consists of vocalist Joe Grace, guitarist Padraig ‘Scanner' King, bassist Liam Bryne, and drummer Shane Pearson. They started in 2003 and after some lineup changes began writing and recording their own music. To date they have released three singles, one official EP and have recorded numerous demos.
Last summer they did a headline tour around Ireland, starting up north in Antrim and concluding in Cork City. The band have supported My Passion & Canterbury as well as the renowned punk band, Paramore, at The O2 in Dublin on November 6 of last year.
In early 2007 Scuba Dice made their television debut as contestants in the national TV show "You're a Star", competing for the coveted prize of a record contract. As part of the show they covered Green Day's "Holiday", which was released as a single reaching number eight on the Irish Singles Chart. Since 2003 Scuba Dice have gained a large following, a good reputation and much acclaim for their electric live show and own original material.
Galway blow-ins Lost Chord are sure to bring the crowd to life when they take to the stage in the RCC with their bohemian lyrics and fun-loving stage antics. They include David on guitar, synth and vocals, Fuz on guitar, Yoseph on drums, Darren on bass and Aiden on synth, samples and vocals. Each member adds their own dynamic quality to the group. They released their original E.P. "There is no Lost Chord" in January 2010 and haven't slowed down since. On the back of the E.P they have played numerous headline shows, including the upcoming Strange Brew Summer Shindig 6, as well as support to The XX, Port O'Brien, Fujiya & Miyagi and the New York Dolls.
Rounding out the evening will be Redwood Avenue, who hail from Stranorlar, Letterkenny, Ramelton, Milford and Derry. They are a classic example of a young Irish band trying to make their mark on the music industry: Paul Mooney on vocals, Jaime Lynch on guitar, Ptur Gillespie on bass and backing vocals, Thomas Burke on the synth and Kieran Mc Cool on drums.
"We're really looking forward to playing along with Scuba Dice and Lost Chord again," said Ptur Gillespie. "This is possibly going to be our last show before the Leaving Cert so we're planning on making it one to remember." The band said the BEO! audience can expect "a mad, energetic, fun show."
Organisers said tickets are still available but going quickly. Interested transition-year studfents should contact their local transition-year representative for tickets, priced at 5 euro each.
Niamh Frain and Aoife Shiels are transition-year students on work experience at the Donegal Democrat.