The award-winning CanBeltos choir was formed six years ago by husband and wife team, Carol and Jimmy O’Byrne. Based in Baldoyle, the choir performs a wide choice of music ranging from pop songs to sacred and gospel music. They are in great demand for concerts and supported Red Hurley on tour with “How Great Thou Art” – a programme of spiritual hits - in the Gaiety, National Concert Hall and Wexford Opera House at various times over 2014 and 2015 culminating in a week of shows that also featured Aled Jones. They have been invitedby Aled to accompany him for his 2016 concerts this autumn. They have supported Kathy Nugent in the National Concert Hall for a Stephen Sondheim celebration and appeared on The Late Late Show and the John Murray Show among other RTE appearances.
They take part every year in The AIMS Choral Festival in New Ross to great public acclaim and are winners of the Gospel Music competition taking the Tipperary Crystal Trophy in 2013, 2015 and 2016. They are the 2016 winners of the Sacred Music Trophy, and have previously come 1st in the Irish Language Competition winning the European Year of Music Trophy. They compete in The Navan Choral Festival too and are two-time winners of the Popular Music category, and current holders of the Sacred Music trophy. They love to travel internationally and have participated in the Lago di Garda Music Festival, Italy, the Krakovia Music Festival, Poland, and the Tuscan Music Festival in Montecatini Terme, Italy, with plans to travel every 12-18 months. They will next compete at the North Wales Choral Festival in November 2016.
Regular appearances at The Helix Theatre in Dublin include Sing out loud, Sing out strong (in support of World Mental Health Day), and every December, Christmas Crackers, a family sing-a-long show which has become a firm Christmas favourite.
The choir is currently accepting applications for new members. Auditions will take place on the 4th September (no experience necessary, and you don't need to be able to read music). While there is necessarily a strong emphasis on the music, everyone is also very aware of the fun element and there is a very strong social aspect to the group.
The CanBeltos are always interested in enquiries for concerts and gigs. Just click here to get in touch.