In the midst of the uncertainty of the present time, three talented sisters have done a fantastic job in keeping peoples’ spirits up with a series of musical interludes on line, guaranteed to get feet tapping or helping to provide some minutes of relaxation, depending on the musical piece chosen.
The Crowley Trio are three sisters, Eva (16), Ellen (14) and Gráinne (11) Crowley from Riverstick. Students of the Cork ETB School of Music in the Kinsale and Ballincollig centres, their teachers are Ruth O’Shea (piano), Lisa O’Brien(violin) and Coral O’ Sullivan (oboe).
Eva learns piano and oboe, while Ellen and Gráinne learn piano and violin. They have been playing together as a trio for the last four years. They play a mixture of classical music, music from musicals and films and popular music and have performed in a lunchtime concert as part of Kinsale Arts Weekend last summer as well as performing at fundraising events in aid of Marymount.
Last November, Eva and Ellen played for Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D. Higgins on his visit to their school, Ellen performed on the Late Late Toy show in 2017 and Gráinne performed with her group called the “Wispas” in the Toy Show in 2019.
Over the past few weeks that their schools have closed, they have been posting videos of them playing on social media, hoping to bring a smile to the faces of people who are self-isolation due to COVID 19. A personal favourite is Mamma Mia on the piano for six hands and everyone should tune in on line to sample over 12 different tunes from these fantastic girls.