It’s safe to say that the first six months of 2017 were unlike anything Trinitones had ever experienced, never have we been so busy. Going into the New Year we set out our goals or more appropriately our resolutions. They included raising €12,500 in under 2 months through a Fundit campaign to make a dream trip to Australia a reality whilst also bringing together all Trin’Alumni to celebrate the groups Five year Anniversary in April. Never in our wildest dreams did we think either would be achieved, but thanks to the relentless and determined leadership of the ginger king Nigel Neily Dong Done, we managed to surprise ourselves.
While using the power of social media and our money can’t buy beggin’ family and friend abilities we had to devote much of our time to reaching out to the public. If there was ever a spare hour on any given day where there was enough voices to perform we would take to the streets of Dublin to busk our brains out, so much so that we were unable to sing much of our repertoire without a shrug of the shoulders. The Fundit campaign began on Australia Day, January 26th and ended on March 12th. From day one we hit the ground running with a performance in Croke Park and coincidently it was for the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce where we treated guests to the Vegimite Theme Tune and Waltzing Matilda. We started as we meant to go on. Other performances included a guest appearance at Trinity’s DU Dance Off Competition, a spontaneous set in the college arts building as part of Trinity Arts Festival, a Valentine’s day feature on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk and fundraisers on Grafton Street for World Cancer Day and Oesophogeal Cancer. However the exposure generated from busking proved to be the difference between reaching our target and failing.
As part of the campaign we ventured out to the coast to the likes of Howth and Dún Laoghaire for a change of scenery, but Grafton Street most definitely suffered the most. The echoes of the Auld Triangle on a daily basis almost got the better of poor Eamonn McGorry for example. However looking back it was all worth it in the end, especially when we descended on Landsdowne Road on what was a cold, wet and victorious night for Irish Rugby. Trinitones were the unofficial pre and post match entertainment as fans made their way to the Aviva Stadium to witness Ireland defeat France in the Six Nations. While it proved to be our most successful busk of all time, lucky for us a gentleman from Lovin Dublin was one of the thousands of passers-by and as people were in such good spirits, he decided to do two separate live broadcasts on the official Facebook page, both of which generated hundreds of thousands of viewers from all around the world. The man in question Niall Harbison then included the videos in an article (linked below) he later wrote entitled ‘Why Ireland is the Greatest Little Country in the World’. At this point we were only two weeks away from the end of our FundIt Campaign and had left ourselves with a mountain to climb to reach our target. This exposure filled us with a lot of pride and made us believe that we could achieve something very special. On the back of this we were invited to perform for Lovin Dublin live on Facebook from their offices and we were also handed a further boost in publicity with a performance for Dublin Barista School which was also shared with the world. Together with this, paid gigs, busking and individual funds raised, we reached our goal against all the odds. Thanks to all your support, tolerance and generosity, Trinitones are touring Australia in September!!!!
In the midst of all the organisation of our adventure Down Under we still had more performances to complete. We could now return to enjoying ourselves a bit more, especially after all the busking we put ourselves through, on many occasions we nearly lost the will to live. Normal service resumed with an unforgettable evening at the wedding reception of Sarah and John. We were welcomed into their beautiful family home where we performed to guests in every corner of the house, including the kitchen sink. We were then up bright and early on St. Patricks Day to perform in Marks and Spencers, Grafton Street for a VIP Breakfast as part of the St. Patricks Festival. We were also delighted to be asked to perform at TEDxTCD’s first conference at the end of March. April began with a celebration of everything Trinitones, a party like no other took place as we celebrated our Fifth Anniversary in the beautiful Bello Bar. On a night where we had almost 40 past or present members, Trinitones winded back the years to the more absurd uniforms and told a story through the evolution of the group’s sound and repertoire, all of which has remained the same. It’s safe to say the current crop are easily the most dapper. Each of the past six groups reunited to sing the greatest hits while generation six and a certain Kernal were a constant throughout. Audience members were even treated to some top quality merchandise including stickers, the prestigious Trini’mug and the coveted ‘V’ programme. It was another truly memorable night, a tradition that will surely continue until we have enough awkward, highly educated men to declare absolutely nothing. Click the link to watch the Encore!
As we moved into exam season, we enjoyed our annual performance at Trinity Ball and another new experience whereby 9 of us were flown out to London by Trinity Alumni to perform at the Alumni Ball which turned out to be one of the best gigs we have ever done. Guests were engaging and had our full attention. The atmosphere was unlike anything we had ever experienced. An incredible weekend, an event we hope to perform at again in the near future, maybe even the New York equivalent? We also elected/reinstated our Singers committee members for next year, also known as the dictatortones’ and welcomed University of Bergen’s Male Chamber Choir, Mannskoret Arme Riddere who performed to a full house in the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Our busy schedule before summer finished with a performance at the Alumni Awards in the College Dining Hall, an intimate birthday lunch for the lovely Meriel in the Merrion Hotel and the Guiness Storehouse. Finally, our last function as a full group before summer was a very special collaborative performance with the World’s Oldest and most well renowned Collegiate A Capella group, Yale Whiffenpoofs in the College Chapel. After we warmed the crowd up, we were treated to a magnificent display by our visitors who blew us and the audience away with their amazing sound and talent. The pleasure was ours, a very fitting end to another college year. Follow the link for a taster of the Whiffenpoofs set!
So, as you can see we have had quite a year so far. We now look forward to our most exciting venture yet and we’ll be bringing you all along with us as we travel Down Under, beginning in Sydney and finishing in Melbourne. Trinitones will be documenting the entire trip, expect an onslaught of Snapchat and Instagram stories, pretty pics and maybe even a few vlogs. In the meantime stay tuned for some exciting announcements in the next couple of months, some of which may not be related to our Australia trip that you are already sick of hearing about. Sorry. To all our supporters (the haters), have a wonderful summer and enjoy it while you can, we’ll be back in your everyday lives sooner than you think.