Galway’s young stars all set for Toy Show

Toy Show boys…Ryan Tubridy with Eoin Hardiman, Claregalway, and Robbie Monaghan, Salthill. Photo: Andrew Downes.

Five of Galway’s brightest young musical talents will take part in the biggest television show of the year when they perform on the 42nd Late Late Toy Show this Friday night.

The trad trio of Kevin Brogan, Emma Crowley and Cathal Joyce were chosen from thousands of applicants for live auditions where they once again impressed to be selected for the show itself.

Cousins from Taylor’s Hill, Robbie Monaghan, 15, and Eoin Hardiman, 12, also made the final cut after the guitar-playing buskers were put forward by Robbie’s mother who saw their keen interest in performing.

Last year, over 1.57 million people watched the show in over 102 countries and 140,000 people applied to be in the 204-person audience.

All three of the trad music group are twelve years old, from Menlo village and they started playing together through the Lackagh Comhaltas who are known for promoting and preserving Irish traditional music.

In the band of talented musicians, Kevin plays the fiddle, Emma plays the accordion and Cathal plays the banjo as well as the mandolin

Cathal revealed that they were selected for their ability to offer a unique twist to their brand of traditional music.

“I suppose as well as playing the traditional tunes, we wanted to add in something else.

“For the audition we played a few traditional tunes but we linked them together with jingles like we played the Muppets theme song and little things like that,” Cathal added

The wait for a response was a nerve-wracking for the group who were told they would receive a response two weeks after their audition.

“They rang us on the Monday was exactly two weeks after the audition so we were kind of thinking that we mustn’t have gotten on the show because they haven’t rang us yet.

“Sure enough we got the call and it was very, very exciting I have to be honest,” Cathal said.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.