Girvan singer set for studio

ON SONG: Yvonne Sheehan (centre left) will record with The Fishwives Choir this month.
ON SONG: Yvonne Sheehan (centre left) will record with The Fishwives Choir this month.

A SINGING enthusiast from Girvan is getting set for the studio as she prepares to record with a Military Wives-style choir.

Yvonne Sheehan, 55, of Bridge Street, Girvan, is one of only three Scottish ladies heading to Hastings next month to record with the Fishwives Choir.

The brainchild of Essex mum-of-four Jane Dolby (pictured below left), whose fisherman husband Colin died at sea after his fishing vessel was caught in a freak storm three years ago, the choir hopes to follow in the footsteps of successes such as The Port Isaac Fisherman’s Friends, The Rock Choir and the Military Wives.

But, formed through Facebook and having grown beyond all expected proportions with unprecedented levels of interest from across the UK, the last week in April will mark the first time the cosmopolitan choir will meet together as a group.

The 70-strong choir will assemble to record a charity single, a medley of traditional sea songs, in aid of the fisher-families charity The Fishermen’s Mission. And Girvan’s Yvonne will feature proudly among their number.

Born and brought up in the Cornwall fishing villages of St Ives and Newlynn where she met her late husband, former fisherman Jimmy Sheehan, in 1979, Yvonne said the fishing way of life is in her bones.

But, as an established member of both Girvan Musical Society and the Ayrshire Philharmonic Opera Society, she admitted it was the opportunity to get tuneful that really encouraged her to embrace her Fishwives adventure.

“The singing was probably the major thing; that‘s what really attracted me,” she said. “But the Fishermen’s Mission is such a great cause and I am very excited about it all.

“The actual getting together with all these women with the same stories is an attractive opportunity, but the recording studio is a new thing and that is quite exciting.”

And despite the somewhat daunting prospect of recording a little-rehearsed number for the first time with a group of strangers, Yvonne maintained she was keeping the nerves at bay.

“I’m really geared up for it and not at all nervous,” she said. “When we all get together it will be so much fun that we won’t worry about it!”

The Fishwives are currently fundraising to meet the cost of their recording studio session, and cover the distribution costs involved in making and producing their single. And they have only 16 days left to meet their £2000 target.

To donate to their cause, visit the Fishwives Choir donations page, and find them on Facebook or Twitter to follow their progress.