Dubray Storyfest at Airfield Estate

Congratulations to the Supertones on a wonderful, fun and musical first performance of the new year! Thank you to the organisers at Airfield Estate and the Dubray Storyfest, especially to Sarah Webb. We were thrilled to sing our favourite, bird themed songs in the Green Barn to a full house (barn?!).

The event was a panel of well known Irish writers and personalities who read from their favourite books. We heard snippets from the tragic but world-changing Black Beauty, and then from the gritty, dirty and damp Fungus The Bogeyman.

It was then our turn to perform and we excitedly took to the stage and performed our songs. “My Singing Bird” was our first song, and is a soft and soothing Irish song about lots of different types of singing birds - there’s a thrush, blackbird and a linnet in there! Our next song was “Feed the Birds” from the film Mary Poppins. We performed this with much more drama and energy as we narrated the scene of the woman selling her bag of crumbs are St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Then lastly we sent everyone out with our favourite song: “Yellow Bird”! This is a tune originally from Haiti but given English words and is fun and jazzy and was a perfect, uplifting end to the event and our performance. We are very grateful for Zac for accompanying us on the piano, he did a wonderful job and we look forward to many more performances.

Thank you Storyfest and Airfield, we had a wonderful time and hope to see you again soon!

Julie & The Supertones

A piece in Friday’s Irish Times: https://tinyurl.com/y9m9kjbh

 The Supertones and Zac at the Green Barn

The Supertones and Zac at the Green Barn

 A gloriously sunny day at Airfield Estate

A gloriously sunny day at Airfield Estate

 The interior of The Green Barn

The interior of The Green Barn

 Origami decorations in The Green Barn

Origami decorations in The Green Barn

 Hey! What are ewe looking at?!

Hey! What are ewe looking at?!

 The Proud Performers!

The Proud Performers!

Supertones Are Go!

Welcome, and welcome back, to all our Supertones! We had our first rehearsal of the year, we saw lots of lovely faces - some familiar and some brand new ones. I’m so looking forward to a great year ahead, making wonderful music together, learning and laughing all the way!


With all our new members we needed to introduce ourselves. There is only one of each of us, and we all have our own completely unique voice - so we introduced ourselves by making a unique sound and movement on our name, and for fun, the whole choir then said hello back with that same sound and movement! “My name is JuuuUuuulie (with a turn and a wave)… Hello JuuuUuuulie (turn and wave!!)!”


We started our rehearsal with lots of warm ups. The first was counting and waving our arms and legs: yes it was as wild as it sounds, but it got our bodies loosened up and our voices woken up! Then we did some sirening and buzzing to get our sounds warmed up. To prepare us for our first song we sang a scale, using solfa “do re me fa so la ti do”, and then using hand signs we improvised a little melody. This led us perfect on to sing Doh a Deer and then Somewhere Over the Rainbow.


These songs were quite familiar to everyone, even the new members, so we were able to work on the music elements. In Somewhere Over the Rainbow we sang it slow, smooth and soft. We also worked really hard on using crystal clear consonants. We had lots of fun pronouncing. each. word. very. deliberately! It made such a difference. Already we were sounding like a pretty sophisticated choir.


Even though it was our first rehearsal back after the summer break, and for some it was their first time ever in a choir rehearsal, we have a concert booked and needed to get straight into preparing for it. We are delighted to have been asked to perform at the Dubary Storyfest in Airfield House on Saturday 29th of September. We started with two of our old favorites, Yellow Bird and Feed the Birds.


Because everyone sang so well, we had to practice our bowing! A good bow will show our audiences how sophisticated and professional we really are in the Supertones.


We finished with a performance of the songs we had worked on - and our special bow! We got a lovely round of applause from all the parents and minders who had gathered in the hallway ready to pick up their super Supertone!


A great first rehearsal to what will be a great year of music, well done everyone, see you next week!


Julie