Hitting the right notes for a good cause with local charity album release

Limerick classical guitarist and music teacher John O'Shea playing a concerto with the UL Orchestra

LIMERICK musician and music teacher John O’Shea, who lost his uncle to motor neurone disease (MND) over the lockdown period, has released an album to raise funds for an association that helped his family through a difficult time.

John’s uncle, with whom the musician shares a name, was in the care of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association before he passed away in April 2020.

“When my uncle died, I wanted to do something for IMNDA because they were very good to him,” John told the Limerick Post.

“And so I thought it might be a nice idea to release this album as a way of fundraising for them.”

The album, aptly titled ‘From the Road’, is a hand-picked collection of nine live tracks recorded by John while touring the world from his previous base in Los Angeles.

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Released last week, the Limerick School of Music teacher and classical guitarist believes the record’s tracks to be representative of an array of musical stylings influenced by different time periods in his life over the 15-year span of his musical career.

The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association supports people diagnosed with motor neurone disease, as well as their families and carers. The only one of its kind in the country, the association encourages the best methods of care for those with MND and seeks to enable those living with the disease to be as independent as possible.

All the proceeds from the album, which is available now on Bandcamp, will directly go to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.