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The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) present a music performance by Eamon Sweeney, Allison Sleator and Kathleen McPhail at 1.30pm on Monday, 20 February in the main foyer of Waterford Regional Hospital. The musicians are members of the WHAT’s Healing Sounds panel of musicians.

Allison is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Traditional Music Performance at Limerick University.  She sings an eclectic mixture of sean-nos, traditional songs as well as writing her own more contemporary pieces. She performs in Allison’s Folk Club which takes place on the third Thursday of every month at Ranelagh Arts Office.  She is resident singer for The Living Room Centre in Clarendon Street, Dublin and curates, performs and organises a monthly arts and culture evening in that space.  She is also a vocal coach with the Shira School of Music in Temple Bar Studios, Dublin.

Scottish born pianist, Kathleen McPhail began to play the piano at the age of ten. She is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and in 2010 completed her Masters in the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) under the tutelage of Dr. John O’Conor and Therese Fahy. Kathleen is particularly passionate about contemporary piano music and in 2011 premiered young Irish composer Glen Austin’s All These Moments in Dublin as well as performing at the Contemporary Music Centre’s New Music Marathon in Derry.  Recently, her efforts have also been devoted to developing her long-standing love of both traditional and jazz singing as well as composition of her own music.She is currently employed by the Royal Irish Academy of Music as a Local Centre Examiner and is active as an accompanist and piano teacher in Dublin.

In 1999 Eamon Sweeney received his BMus (1st Class) in Guitar Performance from Trinity College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Conservatory of Music and Drama. He has since performed on stage, radio and television, both as a solo artist and with various ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra, National Concert Orchestra and Opera Theatre Company. In 2006 Eamon Sweeney was awarded the first musicology PhD to be accredited by DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Eamon now works as a teacher for Bray VEC Music Centre and Co. Wicklow VEC.  He also plays Baroque Guitar in the Irish Early Music Group, Tonos, along with soloist, Róisín O’ Grady.

The Healing Sounds music programme aims to provide an enjoyable diversion for patients, staff and visitors to the hospital through a programme of high quality live music performances. For more information contact Gavin Barr on 051 842664 or e-mail


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