KAREN COMMUNITY IN IRELAND RELEASE FUNDRAISING CD

Margaret Clarke
Thu 22nd November 12 8:21 pm

FUNDRAISING CD: KAREN COMMUNITY IN IRELAND

with Special Guest John Hoban.

The Karen Community in Ireland are launching a fundraising John Hoban CD on Saturday December 8 from 2pm to 4pm in the Le Cheile Family Resource Centre, Linenhall Street, Castlebar.

The money raised will go towards Karen children at Mae La Refugee camp school in Thailand.

The CD will be for sale alongside a cake sale, delicious Karen food, and Karen crafts. Go along for some free tea, coffee, and biscuits. There will also be live music, a documentary about the Karen children’s school, and much more. This is a great event so bring all the family too.

The Karen is one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Burma.  After Burma got its independence, the Burmese majority refused the Karen their right of self-determination. Thousands have escaped in order to avoid persecution to refugee camps at the Thai-Burma Border. The Karen in County Mayo came from one such camp (Ban Don Yang) to Ireland at the end of 2007. 

John Hoban is a singer/songwriter/musician and author from Castlebar in the West of Ireland.  John and his wife, Isabela, have developed a warm friendship with the Karen community and teach and play music with the community.  Some of their students are playing and singing on this CD.

All proceeds from the sale of these CD’s will be going to assist the Karen people in Thailand and Burma.

CD credits:

Recorded and produced: Isabela Basombrio Hoban.

CD Design, studio, production: Ronan Courell.

Photos: Paw Shee Hta

Thanks to Brendan Hoban for his support.

Thank you to all the people that have helped the Karen Community in Ireland: The befriending group, Mayo Intercultural Action Group, Ballina and Castlebar Neighbourhood Youth Project, VEC, the homework club, Gerry Mulherin, Michelle Rooney, Therese Ruane, Mairead Horkan, Mary Martin, Eh Htoo, Ann Marie Kearns, Margaret Clarke, Sheila Duffy, Anita, Alison Laredo, Moo Plu, and many other organizations, individuals, friends and supporters.

The Karen Community in Ireland would like to send greetings to the Karen people all over the world.

 CD TRACKS:

1. KAREN NATIONAL ANTHEM- Karen Community in Ireland.

2. MELODY OF LOVE- Ta Si Si. Track from Ballina, Castlebar Neighbourhood Youth Project CD.

3. MY PEOPLE–Lay Say.

4. YA THA HAY NA- Ta Naw Naw. Track from Ballina, Castlebar Neighbourhood Youth Project CD.

5. KANDAHAR- Composed and performed by John Hoban.

6. THE WORLD NEEDS LIGHT, LOVE AND PEACE- Fiddles- Isabela Basombrio Hoban, Say Law La, Shur Lay Moo. Banjo- John Hoban. Keyboards- Pah Doh. Tin Whistle- Bah So, Guitars- Kwee Kwee, Hsar Ku Say, Lay Say, Ler Lah. All singing.

7. COME BACK FOR WRIST TYING CEREMONY- Singing- Hsar Bway Say. Guitar- Lay Say.

8. LOVE SONG- Composed and performed by Saw Tun

9. RECIPROCAL LOVE DANCE SONG- Fiddles- John Hoban, Shur Lay Moo, Say Law La. Banjo- Isabela Basombrio Hoban. Keyboards- Pah Doh. Tin Whistle- Bah So, Guitars- Kwee Kwee, Hsar Ku Say, Lay Say, Ler Lah.

10.CASTLEBAR STATION- Composed and performed by John Hoban.

11.COUNTRY ROADS (written by John Denver)- Singing- Shur Lay Moo, Say Law La, Pah Doh, Lay Say, Kwee Kwee, Bah So, Ler Lah, Hsar Ku Say, John Hoban. Guitars- Lay Say, Kwee Kwee, Ler Lah, Hsar Ku Say. Banjo- John Hoban.

12.BEACHER 1- Ara Moo. Track from Ballina, Castlebar Neighbourhood Youth Project CD.

13.AT THE CROSS- Playing on his handmade harp by Htoe Det..

14.AT THE CROSS- Singing Paw Shee Hta, Way Day.Guitars- Lay Say. Fiddle- John Hoban.

15.KAREN UNITY- Karen Singing group.

16.DAY OUT IN SLIGO- Composed and performed by John Hoban.

17.KERRY POLKA (Irish)- Banjos- Saw Tun, John Hoban. Fiddles- Isabela Basombrio Hoban, Shur Lay Moo, Say Law La. Keyboards- Pah Doh. Tin Whistle- Bah So, Guitars- Kwee Kwee, Hsar Ku Say, Lay Say, Ler Lah.

18.SHOE THE DONKEY (Irish)- Banjo- Saw Tun, Fiddle- John Hoban. Mandolin- Isabela Basombrio Hoban.

19.EH WAH WIRO (NEW PLACE)- Dah Eh, Ara Moo. Track from Ballina, Castlebar Neighbourhood Youth Project CD.

20.WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS- Singing- Paw Shee Hta, Way Day. Fiddle- John Hoban. Banjo- Saw Tun.

21.KAREN DANCE DON- Nan Ta Thein, Saw Tun, M. Nga Win, Ta Kyi

22.If LOVE IS IN THE HOUSE- Gay Nay Shee, Po Kweh, Tin Sein, Air Moo.

23.THE FIELDS OF ATHENRY- Karen Community in Ireland, main singer Stephen.

All Stories by Margaret Clarke

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