Gorey’s drummer boy

Conor Moore doesn’t look like your stereotypical drummer – instead, he’s boy-band clean cut and a lovely guy to boot.

Having played venues such as Wembley and the 3 Arena, he has put it all behind him at the ripe old age of 24 to set up his own drumming tuition business here in Gorey.

He scaled the heights of his professional music career with Extreme Rhythm, a high impact Wexford-based drumming ensemble under the direction of Nick Bailey, and Seo Linn, the bilingual Irish/English six-piece band that was formed from Colaiste Lurgan.

That journey started with Gorey Pipe Band – “I was reared as a pipe band drummer. A lot of my family members were in Gorey Pipe Band. In fact, when I came home with my kilt from the first session, my mother looked at it, and there was her name tag – Sarah Fitzpatrick – sewn into it. The kilt had been hers in 1994!”

On the Djembe at Gorey Little Theatre in December 2015.

On the Djembe at Gorey Little Theatre in December 2015.

And Gorey Community School played a part as well. There, music teacher Roisin Dempsey (a former singer with Celtic Woman, Anuna, and Riverdance), introduced him to her husband, Nick Bailey, a world-class drummer (ex-Riverdance, Celtic Woman and more). Nick had set up Extreme Rhythm, a band of percussionists, and Conor joined them for a number of years.

“I had followed them since I was three, and listened to their CD in my parents’ car and now I was playing with them on the Celtic Woman DVD, Songs from the Heart, recorded in Powerscourt House and Gardens in 2009.”

Other gigs followed, including Kelly Clarkson and the X Factor. “Kelly Clarkson can sell out an arena in 10 minutes. Wembley takes 16,000 people, the 3 Arena 8,000 and they were some experiences. The hair stands up at the back of your neck and you just have to relax and enjoy it.”

Not surprisingly, he was noticed and got a call from Colaiste Lurgan to work on the Beo video in 2012. The following year, Conor was invited back to contribute to the creativity and choreography for the Avicii track. “That got one million hits on YouTube in under a week.” A Late Late Show appearance followed, Seo Linn was formed, they needed a drummer and he was off again …

Gigs followed in Boston, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, and Belfast to name just a few venues. “I wasn’t an Irish speaker so I treated this like a classroom and I can hold my own now in conversations with Irish speakers!”

And, yet, here he is at 24, setting off on another chapter, taking another risk, starting his own business, Sound Out Rhythm. This is a service that provides tuition, workshops, seminars, performance, and advice on all things rhythmical including drums, bodhran, cajon (boom box), djembe, snare drum and all other hand percussion.

Conor will have a tent at the Family Fun Day in Gorey Town Park on October 29 promoting his new business. Go along and meet him there!

Interview: Deirdre O’Flynn

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