Singer Ben’s little piece of Ards heaven

Eamonn McFadden

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Eamonn McFadden

The stunning views of Ards, near Creeslough was the source of inspiration for a new charity CD set to be launched this Friday.

The stunning views of Ards, near Creeslough was the source of inspiration for a new charity CD set to be launched this Friday.

Ards local, Ben McFadden, who is both well-known for his plumbing and electrical work, as well as his singing talent, has penned a new ballad celebrating his home area called “A Little Piece of Heaven”.

Ben has been part of the local music scene for many years and has been a tireless fundraiser for the Donegal Hospice through his work with the Sheephaven Mummers.

He began singing in Ards Friary under the guidance of the late Sarah McCafferty and Fr. Pearse O’Dowell and was crowned overall champion at the Creeslough Feis in 1968.

Ben explained that he has performed many times in local pubs and clubs over the years but his main focus now is performing for charity events and raising money for Donegal Hospice, which will also benefit from the sale of his new four track CD.

He has been working on his “A Little Piece of Heaven” title track for two years before it was recorded and he paid close attention to the lyrics and air making sure it was an original piece of work celebrating the beauty of his locality. “I had never recorded anything before but it was something I had been thinking about for a while. I wanted to write a song about my home area where I was born and raised. I worked in Ards Forest Park for 13 years and places like the pier in Ards meant so much to us growing up. The song also featured a verse dedicated to Bridie Gallagher”, Ben explains.

Ben was a neighbour of the late singing star Bridie and says she was an inspiration to him.

His CD launch will take place in the Corncutters Rest, Creeslough this Friday, March 23 from 10pm till late.