On the 26th of July 2018 “The Isobars”, Met Éireann’s choir conducted by Aoife Murray and accompanied by Dónal Black, presented “Summer Sounds: A lunchtime of Beach Boys, banjos, bassoons and begonias” at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin.
Summer Sounds took place on a warm, sunny day, which ensured that colleagues and visitors to the gardens enjoyed themselves at this lunchtime performance. They opened with an instrumental version of Summertime, leading to Let the Sunshine in from the musical Hair. Favourites by The Beach Boys (Wind Chimes, Barbara Ann, God Only Knows) and The Beatles (Here Comes the Sun, Good Day Sunshine) were also featured, along with folk tunes such as The Swimming Song by Loudon Wainwright. They also sang in the Irish language (Samhradh, Samhradh) and in French (Morten Lauridsen’s Dirait-on).
The Isobars have been very active since early 2017 and have regularly featured at Met Éireann events. They have a most eclectic repertoire and a special love for weather-related songs; in April of this year they performed at ““The Wind that Shakes the Island”, a windstorm themed event at which they aptly sang a great wind storm medley including songs by The Beach Boys, The Stunning and ACDC. They also took part in the National Workplace Choir of the Year Competition in April.
If you ever visit Dublin, you may be able to see them live. In the meantime, here’s a sample of The Isobars singing Barbara Ann!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA-VngBYKU0&t=24s
By Laura Zubiate, EMS Liaison Committee