Meet Vocal Point
Paul first saw the light (musically speaking) as a young Lancashire lad during a game of Name that Hymn! Moving forward, his first dalliance with vocal harmonisation was in the school Beatles tribute band. Paul’s first stab at jazz singing was Mack the Knife, and after performing in the school musical Guys & Dolls, his jazz hands were born! He turned these hands more seriously to singing whilst in Germany, co-founding the gospel band Coloured Rain, singing in Dresden Conservatory’s jazz choir Conference of S(w)ing, and setting up his own jazz trio. After leap-frogging to Ireland via a short spell with the Liverpool Community Choir, Paul is now pursuing his love of vocal harmony in Dublin as a founder member of Vocal Point.
Gwen has been singing ever since ……she realised it was lot easier than playing the piano….. After first experiences singing in a blues band and then later a jazz duo, she then decided to ‘grow up’ and get a real job. A decade of that was more than enough to send her hurtling back to music- and has been singing happlily ever since. Gwen has been a member of the Soulfull Gospel Choir since its inception and is a founder member of Vocal Point. She loves the challenge and the cameraderie of being in a vocal group, but most especially the extended arguments regarding using a Csharp versus a C. This is Spinal Tap acapella-style!
Not content with her 36th all-Ireland hurling title, Kilkenny lass Noelle Morrissey is now taking on the world of jazz acapella singing. An experienced wedding singer, Noelle is classically trained on both piano and violin, both of which are now lying dormant as she learns about diminished chords and jazzy swing rhythms! Noelle is a former member of the Kilkenny Youth Choir and Youth Orchestra and after completing a degree at University College Cork in Music and Religion, she moved to Dublin to pursue her dream career as a teacher. She has toured both in Ireland and Europe with various groups and in 2010 she joined the International Youth Choir and Orchestra in Medjugorje, Bosnia, where she sang solo for an audience of 50,000 people. Noelle is now enjoying the camaraderie and craic that Gwen, Paul and Colm bring to VocalPoint!
Colm made his singing debut at the National Concert Hall, aged eight, singing the masterpiece ‘We Are The Gnomes’. Since becoming a big gnome, Colm has retained his love of music and has trained and sung in various styles. Setting aside his innate desire to sing heavy metal, he has been part of several singing groups including the Dublin Welsh male voice choir, the RTE Philharmonic choir and The Soulful Gospel choir. Colm is a founder member of Vocal Point and relishes the technical and creative challenges that such a small tight knit group offers…just don’t be surprised when the guitar solo starts.