Courtney Hogan will be joined by guests Kelley Mooney and Johnny Ross at the Emerald Ceilidh on Friday, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m., which has the Emerald Community Centre singing Halleluja – literally.
Mooney recalls playing her first gig when she was about five years old. She did ‘the circuit’ playing talent contests, benefits, weddings, concerts and festivals, but it wasn’t until 10 years ago when Mooney really hit it big and became a Youtube sensation with her adapted lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.
“My parish priest asked me if I would sing that song in church for Easter service and when you actually sit down and look at the lyrics, it’s not really the kind of song you might want to sing for a Sunday morning service,” says Mooney. “So I sat down and wrote new lyrics to the song focused on Jesus’ journey to the cross and received permission from Mr. Cohen to record it. The lyrics I wrote really seemed to resonate with people.”
And by people, Mooney would be referring to the over 3.8 million views her video has received on Youtube. Mooney has recorded three CD’s, including her latest album “Still” which came about after fighting a serious illness in 2014.
The witty, charming and smooth voice of Mooney will be counter-balanced with the wild, fast and impressive piano playing of Ross. Often compared to Jerry Lee Lewis, Ross’ large repertoire of tunes, jokes and unorthodox playing style will leave guests clapping and stomping the night…