County Wexford father and son Colm and Oisín Mac Con Iomaire are gearing up for a special online fundraising event this coming Friday at 8 pm…
Colm Mac Con Iomaire is an internationally acclaimed violinist who was a founding member of legendary Irish acts Kíla and the The Frames, and he has released three solo albums in recent years. His 16-year-old son Oisín is also a musician in his own right and in recent times, he has performed with John Sheahan of Dubliners’ fame.
Oisín is a fifth-year student of Gorey Community School school and is fundraising as part of a planned cultural exchange to The Gambia in West Africa.
“This is an annual initiative by our school and I’m excited to be part of it, to see and learn from other cultures and to contribute something. We will be helping to support and maintain a small rural school and will be immersing ourselves in local culture” Oisin said to Wexford Weekly.
The pair are hosting their ‘Gig for Gambia’ online fundraising event this coming Friday at 8 pm. They will be playing music together and Oisín will be turning the microphone on Colm to hear stories, reflections, and insights from his time with Kila and The Frames and as a solo artist.
Registration is free but donations are welcome, and all donors will be entered into a raffle to win two pairs of tickets to see The Frames at Kilmainham in May, a Sheila Mac Nally oil painting and some signed Colm Mac Con Iomaire CDs.
This special father and son event has an additional twist in that Colm was one of the very first Irish artists to do a major online live-stream event from home at the start of the pandemic:
“My last online gig was just at the very beginning of the pandemic and this will be a lovely way to mark the re-opening” he says.
People can register for the event at www.eventbrite.ie and look for ‘Gig for Gambia’ or find information at www.facebook.com/ColmMacConIomaire
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