Girl-Talk are: Fidelma Kelly (founder member of the group), Claudine Day, and Kerri Rowan.
Girl-Talk's reputation has been built on their ability to deliver powerful versions of the hit songs of any era with classic treatment.
The band formed in 1984, working with the Hot City Orchestra, a Dublin based 22 piece big band, with whom they were the vocal act specialising in the close harmony workings of the swing era. They also toured extensively with Frank McNamara’s Peach County Big Band.
Girl-Talk are synonymous with the close harmony workings of the Andrews Sisters era. They are also now well known for their authentic Abba covers, with which they have toured internationally with the RTE Concert Orchestra. Apart from that, they perform many of the best known hits of the decades from the 50's all the way up to the biggest stars in the current charts like Girls Aloud, Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Scissor Sisters.
Girl-Talk have appeared at all major festivals and gala events in Ireland, like the Cork Jazz Festival where they headlined in the Opera House, The Rose of Tralee Ball, the ISPCC Ball, the Oyster Ball, Galway, The Models Ball, Mansion House, The Trinity Ball, the Blind Date Ball, the Horse Show Ball, and at the Special Olympics opening night of competition in DCU. They sang at the Celebrity Launch of the revamped Shelbourne Hotel, March 2007, with Frank McNamara's Big Band, and they were "the band" at the Berkeley Court Hotel for the recent visit to Dublin of UK's Princess Anne.
Fidelma is the founding member of Girl-Talk.
Fidelma just loves singing! She'll sing classical, gospel, folk, Irish traditional - you name it, she'll sing it! She's been singing since a very early age, and while still at school she founded, with her sister, a three girl traditional band named Colleen, who completed several successful seasons in the Braemor Rooms and Clontarf Castle.
That experience led to the formation of Girl-Talk. She has continued to manage and perform in that band successfully ever since. With them she has sung all over Ireland, in London, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, Venice and Poland, and has performed many times with the RTE Concert Orchestra as soloist and backing vocalist, as well as with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Danish Symphony Orchestra.
Fidelma joined Rathmines Folk Group in 1986 (www.rathminesfolkgroup.org/) and enjoyed many years indulging her love of harmony and singing solo with that group, until February 2007 when her renewed love of classical music meant the folk singing had to take a back seat for a while.
She then joined both Our Lady's Choral Society and Tallaght Choral Society and has been happily rubbing shoulders and singing very high notes with Mozart, Dvorak, Haydn, Bach and Handel, to name but a few!
Fidelma studied Bel Canto singing with Frank Merriman in the 1980s, and continued her studies in voice training with Kathryn Smith at the Leinster School of Music. She currently studies music with Damian Gallagher.
Fidelma's 'day job' in recent years was Production and Planning Officer for the RTE Concert Orchestra. In that capacity she worked with the cream of Irish and international musicians and singers, building a valuable network of contacts.
Claudine Day is no stranger to the stage and screen having followed her mother, Eileen Reid, into show business. A past pupil of the Billie Barry Stage School and the Gaiety School of Acting, Claudine has amassed great experience performing in top theatres such as the Gaiety and Olympia. A starring role alongside Hazel O'Connor in the musical 'The Raven Beckons', led Claudine to record lead and backing vocals on Shaun Purcell's album 'The Musical'.
Extensive work on the radio followed from her solo performance in 1992 on 'The Gay Byrne Gala Concert' in The National Concert Hall with The RTE Concert Orchestra. Television appearances and a spell working with Alan Parker in the film 'The Commitments' has also introduced her to small and large screens alike.
For the past few years Claudine has been writing and recording her own songs and recently, with two associates, has compiled a pilot episode of a new television show for children which she hopes will be screened in the near future.
Along with her busy schedule, Claudine enjoys teaching part-time as a performing arts teacher in one of Ireland's leading stage schools 'Spotlight Stage School'.
The newest member of the band is Kerri. She's a truly unique talent by today's standards, with a range that gives the band a unique and dynamic dimension. Suiting all styles, she is a most exciting attribute and adds immeasurably to the listening pleasure of the group.