Podcast Episode 17 - Fra Fee

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The Irish Institute of Music & Song (IIMS) podcast hosts conversations with performers, academics and educators from all over the world. The podcast is curated by Dónal Kearney in Dublin, Ireland.

In our IIMS Song Series, we speak to composers, songwriters and singers about their lifelong affair with song.

In episode 17, we welcome County Tyrone's Fra Fee, star of Broadway and the West End, joining us from London Bridge.

Fra Fee is a singer and actor from Co. Tyrone. He featured alongside Hugh Jackman and Helena Bonham Carter in Tom Hooper's 2012 feature-length musical film of "Les Miserables"

In the third episode of the IIMS Song Series, we discuss Fra's musical upbringing in County Tyrone, singing in Ulster Youth Choir, and training his voice classically. Fra also tells us how his appearance in 2012 blockbuster 'Les Miserables' changed the trajectory of his career.

For those singers out there, we also explore in detail the process of "belting" in the context of vocal training and the importance of "vocal rest" when working as a full-time professional performer.

The songs featured in this episode were:

  • "Eileen a Rún", arr. Fra Fee (2020)

  • Younger than Springtime, recorded for Friday Night is Music Night (2020)

  • "Turning of the Key" from The Clockmaker's Daughter (2020)

  • "Loving You" by Sondheim, live in Cadogan Hall, with Laura Pitt Pulford (2017)

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