By Tom Horan
The product of three months work, Jonathan Cullen’s album, “This is Me” will be launched this Saturday at 9:30pm in Nolan’s Bar, Castleiney. All proceeds from Mr. Cullen’s album, who is known for his work as secretary of the Mid Tipp GAA Board, will go to the Jack & Jill Foundation. Tipp hurler Noel McGrath and footballing legend Declan Browne, along with some other special guests, will be in attendance. His role in the Mid Tipp GAA Board means Mr Cullen doesn’t have much free time, but he used to be very actively involved in the preforming arts. As a member of the Moyne Variety Group, and Loughmore Drama Group, Mr. Cullen was no stranger to preforming, but recoding this album was an entirely new experience.
The tracks were recorded with the help of Pat Marnane of Artist Studios, Kilfeacle, and funded by the sponsorship of Mr Cullen’s friends, family, neighbours, local businesses, and GAA Clubs. “It’s amazing the amount of work that goes into the process of recording an album” he said. “It could take a whole day to get a single song completed”. The album consists of eleven Irish-country rendition of classics such as Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind”, and Dougie MacLean’s “Caledonia”.
Mr Cullen first came in contact with Jack and Jill after his the four-moth-old son Harry was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The foundation currently assists thirty families in Tipperary with disabled children under the age of four, though are in desperate need of funds.
“Jack and Jill can provide a nurse who will come in for a few hours in the day to let you do go the groceries or whatever it is you need to do, even though, their state funding has been cut to the bone.
“If the Government gave Jack & Jill the entirety of the funds they required, they would be able to take care of children with physical and mental disabilities at a third of the cost it takes the Health Service”.
The album can be bought now for eleven euro in either physical or digital form on the album’s website; www.jonathancullenmusic.com. It will be available in stores around Tipperary following the September 29th launch.