Holy Trinity band to play Irish pub.
The rhythm and blues band from Holy Trinity Catholic High School will play O’Connor’s Irish Pub on March 24 from 8 to 9 p.m. Here, Rachel Ciolfi, a student at Holy Trinity Catholic High School, gets into the groove during a practice run for a performance for Motown artist Martha Reeves last year.
O’Connor’s Irish Pub will become a hub of rhythm and blues for an evening on Sunday, March 24.
The Irish bar will host the rhythm and blues band from Holy Trinity Catholic High School from 8 to 9 p.m., allowing members to gain experience in a public setting.
“We’re planning a power hour; it’s going to be very, very strong music from beginning to end,” said music teacher Neil Bateman. “This is another step in developing the pre-professional aspect to the program in that we are preparing for an audience that doesn't know us.
“You’ve got to earn the audience’s respect.”
The Holy Trinity band will play classic rock, French rhythm and blues, Canadian content and Motown.
Last year, the band had the opportunity to work with legendary Motown artist Martha Reeves, of Martha and the Vandellas.
“We’re playing very, very well,” said Bateman. “The inspiration of working with Martha Reeves last year, being asked to play at the Junos and being asked to play Bluesfest last year – it’s a very, very good band and people will be impressed.”
There is no cover charge to watch the band perform, but donations will be accepted to help the group purchase new microphones and lighting.
O’Connor’s Irish Pub is located at 650 Kanata Ave., in the Kanata Centrum.
The Holy Trinity band will also visit Coventry High School in Akron, Ohio in late May, while students from Coventry will visit Ottawa in early May.
“It’s a great opportunity for the kids,” said Bateman.