The Rhinestone Cowboy Sessions are a series of live recorded sessions with surprise music artists and Past Times Community Choir, a choir supporting people living with dementia, their families, friends and communities in Co. Kildare.
The Rhinestone Cowboy Sessions celebrate the human potential to create beautiful and valuable work post diagnosis and living will ill health, illuminating the musical self that lives within us all.
Inspired by Glen Campbell’s monumental contribution to music, Past Times are particularly in awe of his later years. His creative output and recordings after his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease is hugely inspirational for anyone journeying that same road but also fascinating to musicians as an example of late-bloom ingenuity.
As part of The Rhinestone Cowboy Sessions, Past Times are collaborating with a host of Irish artists on their own compositions and on songs from Glen’s back catalogue. Following earlier sessions in 2019 with Charlie McGettigan and the choir performing ‘Try A Little Kindness’ and SIVE and the choir performing ‘Hoverfly’, an original composition by SIVE, three new installments have been released.
In exploring Glen’s songs, contemporary compositions and old favourites, participating artists are generating the space for older people and those living with dementia to participate in an exciting and ever evolving artistic process.
Charlie McGettigan and Past Times Community Choir sing a rousing rendition of McGettigan’s classic ‘Feet of a Dancer’
Kildare singer-songwriter SIVE and Past Times sing ‘Gentle on my Mind’, a tribute to Glen Campbell’s rendition of this poignant song
Ross Breen and Past Times Community Choir and Voices of Spring Choir sing ‘One Last Kiss’, a unique and uplifting version of this wonderful song
The Rhinestone Cowboy Sessions arts project is currently funded by Kildare County Council, Creative Ireland, The Arts Council and Riverbank Arts Centre. Past Times Community Choir is funded by Kildare County Council and supported by the HSE and McAuley Place.
Learn more about the choir here.