IN celebration of this year’s Positive Ageing week West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen has launched a unique compilation of songs, created by the older people frequenting Day Care Centres and a Community Hospital in West Cork.


The Starling Song Project is a collaboration between singer songwriter Liz Clark and visual artist Tess Leak as part of the Arts for Health partnership programme resulting in the CD – The threshing machine made a devilous sound, featuring songs written with the project participants’ contributions.


“We wanted everyone to connect and have a sense of pride in accomplishing a musical piece. We wanted participants to feel easy about sharing their stories, knowing that they will work into a format that we can all sing together” said Liz Clark.

“We also had a vote to decide what kind of song would suit our theme, for example, waltz or ballad? I would play on the guitar an example of these different song forms,” she continued.


The five-song audio CD was produced with studio and on-site recordings of the songs and titled The Threshing Machine Made A Devilous Sound.

Participants each received a copy and the remainder are on sale, proceeds go towards the Arts for Health partnership programme.


Liz Clark and Tess Leak performed the songs at several different celebratory events, including an event on National Music Day Ireland: Love Live Music, in June at Skibbereen Community Hospital and will be continuing with the project with more groups in November.

Liz has more hopes for the future of the project, “Moving forward, we’d like to expand by connecting more people in different parts of the area via their stories in song form.. we feel this project has huge potential for many kinds of communities”.


The CD be purchased at the West Cork Arts Centre 028 22090, price €5.