Gabriel hit high notes for Can­cer Sup­port

Bray People - - News -

MU­SI­CIAN Gabriel Cran­ley, who is him­self liv­ing with can­cer, will release a CD in aid of the Bray Can­cer Sup­port Cen­tre and will launch it at the Martello to­mor­row evening at 7.30 p.m.

Gabriel spent three months record­ing the se­lec­tion of his favourite pop and coun­try songs, as well as power bal­lads. He said that while the work was of course very tough and tir­ing, given that he has a tu­mour in his throat, mu­sic is a great way to for­get about ev­ery­thing else and has won­der­ful ther­apy all of his life. ‘We got there in the end,’ he said, of the al­bum that was recorded in McKenna stu­dios on the Boghall Road.

He said that he is in good spir­its at the mo­ment and hopes to play a cou­ple of songs from the al­bum at to­mor­row night’s launch in the Martello.

The 52-year-old used to play reg­u­lar gigs around the town, and hopes to do so again, but is cur­rently un­der­go­ing treat­ment for can­cer. He lives in Bray with his wife Cather­ine, his son Adam and daugh­ter Melissa.

Gabriel be­gan his mu­sic ca­reer with The Bray Pipe Band when he was 10 years old. He got his first gui­tar for his con­fir­ma­tion and started play­ing and singing from then on.

He plays a va­ri­ety of mu­sic from Rock’n’Roll to Bal­lads and has played in venues through­out Ire­land and abroad, and was the reg­u­lar mu­si­cian in many of the Ir­ish bars in Cyprus. The CD con­tains 12 songs and was spon­sored by a num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses. It will be avail­able to buy at a cost of € 10 from Mu­sic­ on the Main Street; Hol­lands; The Ard­more and the Olde Bray Inn as well as Gold­smiths, Boomerang and the Bray Can­cer Sup­port Cen­tre.

‘The CD is ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of Lucy Cran­ley, Val Cran­ley, Breda Guerin, Peter McKenna, and He­len Roche,’ said Gabriel. ‘And all re­la­tions and friends who have been touched by can­cer.’

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