Newtowngore pianist helps Battens charity

Renowned Newtowngore pianist, Marie-Therese McCartin, is bringing her musical career on a new journey with her latest recording, Another April Day. The Artist is donating a proportion of all sales to charity, namely Bee For Battens, The Saoirse Foundation.

Renowned Newtowngore pianist, Marie-Therese McCartin, is bringing her musical career on a new journey with her latest recording, Another April Day. The Artist is donating a proportion of all sales to charity, namely Bee For Battens, The Saoirse Foundation.

Bee for Battens is the Irish campaign to raise awareness and supporting for those affected by Battens Disease, a genetic condition of the nervous system that leads to children becoming totally disabled. Battens disease is not preventable and to date has always been fatal. Bee For Battens is operated by The Saoirse Foundation, a Non-Profit registered charity

Described as an easy listening Another April Day is both beautiful and moving in equal measure the recording also features original compositions by Marie-Therese with Another April Day. With the special touch and handiwork of acclaimed producer and arranger, Frank McNamara, a  well known face from The Late Late Show - has ensured Marie-Therese’s latest work shines through every note.

Marie-Therese began piano at the age of six and in her teenage years she transferred to the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she continued  her studies finally graduating Trinity College, Dublin with a  Bachelors Degree in Music Education. An accomplished harpist and singer Marie-Therese was a member of Anùna (The original singers with  Riverdance) and in 2003 she realised a life-long dream when she set  up the Cavan Academy of Music. Her most recent venture is the  completion of her CD entitled ‘Another April Day’.

The Saoirse Foundation was formed to provide parents, families and all those affected by Battens Disease in Ireland with a home based support and networking organisation, and as importantly, a credible source of information. The charity was founded by Tony and Mary Heffernan in March 2010 and has since grown with more children diagnosed in Ireland. The charity is spreading into the field of rare disease, and is currently pursuing the development of Liam’s lodge, a dedicated respite centre for children with rare disease and their families.

It’s Support and Research activities completely rely on fund-raising and donations from the public and private business sectors. By raising awareness and working together we can all do our bit to help those affected by this rare conditions

If you have any questions about the charity or the disease itself please contact support@beeforbattens.org or visit the website www.beeforbattens.org and you can also follow our progress and keep up with events via Facebook and Twitter.

On August 12th as part of Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann Marie-Therese will be appear as guest when The Liberty Dome hosts a very special Concert with Liam Lawton and friends, in which all the great supporters of Comhaltas and the tradtion who have gone to their eternal reward will be remembered.A speciallly commissioned Fleadh Candle will be a feature in this performance for families and friends of the deceased.There will also be performances from Kavan Donohoe, Savannah Donohoe and Aoife Murray on the night. Concert starts at 7.30 and admission is just €10.

Another April Day is available nationwide and is distributed by Indi Entertainment.