Tom Dalton founded Celtic Grace Gospel Choir in 2009. The idea was to form a group that would perform at special events. Tom is a member of both Enniskerry Gospel Choir and Unity Gospel choirs.
The idea for Singing For Your Mental Health day was born on Christmas 2007 in Arklow Golf Club. Waiting for the frost to clear Tom asked Neville Cox the Musical Director of Enniskerry Gospel Choir to do a concert in aid of Newcastle Hospital and Mental Health Ireland. He agreed. The rest is history.
Judy McGrath and Barbara Davis came on board. The concert took place in March 2009, one of the highlights of Tom's life.
The following year, Ireland celebrated World Mental Health Week with a national week of choral singing, promoting the message that Choral Singing Is Good for your Mental Health. Choirs up and down the country got together with local Mental Health Associations to promote the message. Tom asked the volunteers from Enniskerry Gospel choir to come and sing at a concert in St. Agnes Church in Crumlin on 10th of October 2009 for the National Singing For Your Mental Health Day and three of the members obliged. Louise Shearer, Neville Cox and Tom himself. This was the first appearance of Celtic Grace Gospel Choir.
Celtic Grace is now made up of seven or eight people drawn as the need arises from the two choirs that Tom is a member of, the Enniskerry Gospel Choir and Unity gospel choir and friends.
They have performed at events including the opening Gospel Rising Festival in Bray this year and the Blackrock Animation Festival. The highlight of their year this year was performing at the opening at for the RTE Big Music Week Train event, performing alongside such greats as Christy Moore, Luka Bloom and Eleanor McEvoy to name but a few.
RTE Big Music Week was a huge success. Thousands of people around the country came out to celebrate the very best of home grown musical talent, while hundreds of thousands tuned in on air and online.
The RTE Big Music Week train travelled all over Ireland showcasing the work of Irish songwriters, singers and musicians with broadcasts across all of RTE's services. Search for Celtic Grace on Facebook to see photos from the event. Celtic Grace are available for events so contact Tom Dalton at 087-2783342 or 01-2890830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.