Singer-songwriter Maria Butterly says she’s excited to lead the way in demonstrating the healing and healing power of music.
The Meath-based artist has been the driving force behind a hugely successful fundraising gig at Drogheda’s TLT in recent weeks, and has also just launched a new wellness-focused songwriting workshop.
Maria’s Mothers of Ukraine charity concert on April 13 saw a scintillating parade of performers sharing their talent and time as they band together to raise funds for UNICEF and its work related to the war-torn country . Maria has since been able to present a check for €10,028.25 to UNICEF Representative Amy Maher, funds that will certainly help those most in need at this time.
The concert – which was in association with Pat Egan Management – included performances by Sean Keane, Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin, violinist Vladimir Jublokov, St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir with MD Edward Holly, powerful Ukrainian singer Maryna Odelksa and of Maria herself. This stellar line-up was backed by an equally heavenly backing band with the steady hand of the great Bill Shanley (who also produces many of Maria’s songs and albums, including her recent single Hero) leading James Blennerhasset on bass and Jason Duffy on drums. throughout the night, while LMFM presenter Sinead Brassil orchestrated the proceedings as the event’s MC.
Reflecting on the concert – which saw Councilor Mrs. Olena Shalopu, Deputy Head of Mission for Ukraine, join Drogheda Town Mayor James Byrne among those in attendance – Maria remarked that each performer treated the audience with “heartfelt” performances. was nearly impossible for her to stand in a moment of the other, Maria noted that several moments struck a chord with many of those who enjoyed the TLT event…
“The consensus among people who have been in contact with me since is that Sean Keane really fired up the crowd by opening the show,” she told the Drogheda Independent. “Similarly, the beautiful renditions of classic songs with their eloquent harmonies performed by St Peter’s Male Voice Choir and MC Edward Holly will long be remembered. Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin – predictably – raised the roof, and Vladimir Jablokov wooed everyone in front of him with tracks like “Libertango”, “Radetsky March”, and the famous track from “Schindler’s List”. ” also. »
“And in what was a very special moment for me personally,” added Maria, “Vladimir also performed beautifully an Irish tune that I wrote, one titled ‘Tonn na hEireann’, which means ‘Irish Wave’ .”
Although Maria was at the forefront of taking the Mothers of Ukraine concert from good ideas to reality, she readily admits how incredibly difficult this journey would have been without the support pouring in from so many directions…
“There was not a single instance where I asked someone to help me in a particular way, and it didn’t happen. It reflects how so many people were willing to do whatever they could, and honestly, I can’t express my gratitude or appreciation enough for every single person and organization that joined us. However, I would like to extend a special thank you to Drogheda Credit Union in particular, for their immediate and very generous support as one of our main sponsors.