A new start…


“Spring has sprung” as we say here in NE Ohio!  Now, that does not mean it will stay warm.  Living here means you may turn on the furnace in the morning to take the “chill” out of the house, and then turn on the air conditioning when you get home from work because it is now 40 degrees warmer than when you left.  The trees are in bloom and it really is beautiful. I love living here because we really experience all four seasons; sometimes all in the same day weather-wise!!

Recently, my sister, Sharyn and I were asked asked to sing for a funeral for a family friend who passed away suddenly  It was an honor for us to be able to do so.  I was reminded, once again, of the healing power of music.  It was so important for the family that the music not be sad, but, rather, that it speak to the hope of eternal life.  The Catholic Mass was celebrated in St. Dominic Church, the parish where my mother had been the organist for many years, and my father, a cantor. I attended the parish school for 8 years, and my mom was the school secretary as well as church organist!  It truly was a second home for the McNally family.   I began singing in the choir at St. Dominic Church when I was 5 years old.  It was the beginning of my life as a church musician.  It is where David and I were married, and where all our children were baptized.  As I overlooked the very familiar church from the choir gallery, I was moved to see that the building was nearly filled to capacity with long-time friends and family who had come to be a part of this final sacrament in our friend’s life.  That bond of community and faith which was nurtured by our parents and the Dominican Friars and Sisters all those years ago, is still strong, even though many of us no longer live in the neighborhood.  How blessed are we all.  As Spring brings new life, may our friend find eternal rest and new life

“In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.”

 Sláinte – Colleen


Great time on the road!!

On stage after the concert, in Marion, IL

We are back home after a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day weekend!  The weather was perfect for traveling, and we were so happy to be back in St. Patrick, MO and Marion, IL where Harper Kirk and I performed.

We played two concerts on St. Patrick’s Day in the Shrine of St. Patrick in St. Patrick, Missouri.  On March 17th each year, this tiny village in Northeast Missouri, springs to life for the Feast day.  We also took part in the music for the Mass which ended the celebration.  What a blessing it has been to get to know the wonderful, kind people of Canton and St. Patrick, MO.
On Sunday, March 18 it was on to the Marion, Cultural Civic Center, in Marion, IL.   The civic Center is a beautiful facility, and we were thrilled to see our names and photo on the jumbo-tron!!  What fun!!  I was joined for a duet on “Fields of Athenry” by our dear friend, Tom Reillly, who lives in Marion.  My sister, Sharyn Chrystal, sang with me on “Old Irish Blessing.”   The acoustics of the hall were perfect for both voice and harp, and the staff so professional working the lighting and sound that it was an awesome day all around!
I hope to soon begin work on a new album….this journey continues!  I am truly blessed.
I will upload more photos when we get them all sorted out, but here is just one taken following the concert in the beautiful Marion Cultural and Civic Center in Marion, IL.