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The Casual Choir have launched 'sofa sessions' - here's how you can get involved

By James Fenton

March 18, 2020 at 10:13am

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Dublin's Casual Choir have launched an initiative called 'sofa sessions' which will allow people to take part at home during the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

Usually, the Casual Choir gathers every fortnight with the mantra of having 'no auditions, no sheet music and no commitment - just fun.' Basically, it's exactly what it says on the tin and people can attend whenever they please with no obligation to come back although if it's as much craic as it looks like, why wouldn't you?

In these times of isolation, the choir have now launched 'sofa sessions' whereby people are invited to send in recordings of themselves singing and it will all be put together by the experts for the world to see.

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Happy St Patrick’s Day! Who would have thought that when we recorded this session two weeks ago that this would be our last Casual Choir for some time and that St Patrick’s Day festivities around the globe would be cancelled. We can’t go to the parade or celebrate like we usually do but we CAN still sing and this is a time when we NEED to keep singing! Which got us thinking... We may not be able to physically gather together like we usually do but with the power of technology, Casual Choir can now come to you via your mobile phone for our brand new #SofaSessions. We’re gonna post videos online so you can learn your parts and then you can record yourself and send the recordings into us and we’ll magically put it altogether. All done from the comfort of your own home and you don’t even have to spend a penny. What’s not to like?! And if you’re living outside Dublin or even overseas this will be the perfect way to experience Casual Choir. We’re gonna stick with the U2 theme and pick one of their greatest anthems for our first Sofa Session and we think it’s the perfect song to unite all our Casual Choir singers. We’ll have more details over the coming days so stay posted to our social media pages or sign up to [email protected] So Bono, Edge, Larry and Adam, if your diary is looking a little empty now and you’re wondering how to fill your days, maybe you too could join in on the fun from your own living rooms and be part of our first Sofa Sessions with a virtual choir of hundreds of singers! Song: Where the Streets Have No Name Artist: U2 Songwriters: Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge MD & Arr. Róisín Savage Keys: Aengus Devine Percussion: Deirdre Savage This is the 28th Casual Choir session recorded on Monday March 2nd 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. One song recorded and rehearsed in one session. #casualchoir #sofasessions #singingforfun #u2 #wherethestreetshavenoname #stpatricksday #happystpatricksday

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This will be open to people across Ireland and indeed all over the world so if you've never experienced the Casual Choir, there's no better time to start.

The first tune will be Where The Streets Have No Name by U2 and more details will be released in the coming days. You can stay up to date with the Casual Choir by following them on Instagram here.

Time to warm up those vocal cords!

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