January 2nd, 2019
Motor Neurone Disease Fundraiser in Cloonacool on Friday 11th Jan at 8pm
Roolya Boolya is a Celtic Folk duo hailing from Australia and made up of life partners Sile and Damien Neil. Síle, originally from Ireland plies her trade as a singer songwriter. She also combines her passion with motherhood and some additional work outside home. Damien is also a man of many talents but none greater than his prodigious multi-instrumental abilities. Widely sought after as a session player, Damien’s vocals and guitar playing are highly regarded in his native Oz.
Síle and Damien first met at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in South West Australia and for many years formed part the group, Saoirse. Saoirse have performed at some great festivals including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, the National Folk Festival, and many other music venues throughout Australia.
Rooly Boolya will play a once-off House Concert at Moy River Folk Club in Cloonacool on Friday, 11th January. The rural venue by now has a reputation for intimate gigs with some very interesting guests that have includes, Charlie McGettigan, Mick Hanly and Kieran Quinn.
The gig is also a fundraiser supporting the work of the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association (IMNDA). IMNDA is the only organisation of its kind in Ireland providing care and support to people with Motor Neurone Disease, their families, friends and carers. About one in every three hundred people are diagnosed with MND. There are approximately 360 people living with MND at any one time in Ireland. It usually affects those over 50 but can occur in people much younger. As yet, there is no specific treatment that will halt the progress of the disease. However, there is a lot that can be done in the way of symptom management and to slow the progression of the disease.
This concert is of particular importance to Síle as her mother, Gemma, was recently diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease. Spaces are limited at the South Sligo venue so booking is essential for those who wish to attend on 087 2512030. The date again is Friday Jan 11th at 8pm.