I had the pleasure of helping my good friend, singer Jean Elliott-Murphy style herself for her Vegas Divas 'One Night Only' MA concert this week. It was one of the most spectacular stage performances and musical productions I have seen in a long while. Our friend, makeup artist Clare Leamy did Jean's makeup on the night and we chose all of Jean's dresses (as well as the backing singers white and gold dresses) from my partner-in-crime, Vivienne's boutique The Dress Bar. For a gig of this scale, only the most glamorous gowns would suit so we spent a Saturday morning playing dress up at The Dress Bar trying on all the gorgeous evening dresses.
Jean is a former You're A Star finalist (RTE) 2004 and a well-known performer and vocal coach. She is currently studying for an MA in pop vocal performance (the first to do so in CSM). Her spectacular concert hosted a ‘Vegas’ theme and featured classics from some of the World's best divas who have graced the Vegas stage. Beginning with a Motown/Soul section and moving right up to the present day the concert was a truly great musical night out and fully of Vegas glamour.
Jean's live band included sax, trumpet, strings, piano, drums - the full Vegas treatment! The band was made up of some of the best local musicians with musical direction by Ronan Holohan. It also featured dancers from Cork Arts Studio with choreography by Aileen Coffey. MC on the night was well-known Cork performer, Trevor Ryan, Director of the Montfort College of Performing Arts.
Well done on such an amazing performance Jean! <3