Gabriel hit high notes for Cancer Support
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 Musicmail.ie 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.’