It was on a trip to Wales some moons ago when Marion met Andy, and the two quickly hatched a plan to make sweet, sweet Music Together.
Attending a festival designed to give those with mental and physical disabilities the chance to take centre stage, the freshly-minted couple just knew they could do the same back home in Ireland.
That it would take a certain degree of kicking and screaming, and begging and budget scheming, was perhaps inevitable, but since forming in 2006, Music Together has provided an outlet for many a performer who may not have otherwise had their moment in the spotlight.
And now the gang are all set to return to The Whale, their third free afternoon concert there. Happening on Sunday, July 14th, at 2pm, Trees will feature both a concert by the Music Together members but will also some very special guests, such as Don McDonald and Alison O’Donnell.
As this happy, loving and forever rockin’ couple both recently retired from their day jobs, it’s plain that they still cherish their important work with Music Together.
It may be a labour of love that may involve a huge amount of unpaid labour, but the immense love created on stage makes every second and note worthwhile – as Marion and Andy explained when we swung by their home in the exclusive Kindlestown Park estate this afternoon…
You can book your free Music Together July 14th concert seat here, explore their website here, and check out an earlier Whale outing by the gang here.