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The Legend of Monica Bonnie

The Legend of Monica Bonnie, National Concert Hall, 26th November 2012, 8pm

Date: Saturday 26th November 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: National Concert Hall
Tickets: €15, €10 concession available online at or Tel: 01 417 0000

“The Legend of Monica Bonnie” celebrates the life of one of Ireland’s brightest and most exuberant performers and educators, with a night full of colour and rhythm celebrating the world of music. Staff and students of DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama present a musical salute to their colleague and mentor, the late Monica Bonnie.

Directed by percussionist Noel Eccles and featuring staff and students of DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, “The Legend of Monica Bonnie” showcases music from Ireland and throughout the world, with performances celebrating the impressive array of DIT Conservatory’s performing groups including DIT CHORAL SOCIETY, BRASS ENSEMBLE, BIG BAND, IRISH TRADITIONAL ENSEMBLE, PERCUSSION ENSEMBLES AND SOLO PERFORMERS.

 Monica Bonnie-Sayed

  “A true Dubliner! For sheer foot-tapping, musical exuberance, look no further than the mesmeric virtuosity of Monica Bonnie! Audiences all over Ireland and much further afield, have warmed to the charm, vivacity and skill of this superb xylophonist: it is scarcely possible to sit impassively when she bounces onto the stage and into our hearts. “ (Extract from Biography for Monica Bonnie for DIT website)

Female percussionists are rare enough, but even if they weren’t, Monica Bonnie would stand out for her exuberant performances and her gift as an educator.  Monica, who died in April this year, was a performer from the age of four and a lecturer in the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama for many years.  Monica shared the stage with many a star, including Bing Crosby and Sammy Davis Junior, and she travelled to the Congo to perform for the Irish troops stationed there in 1960.  In interviews as part of the oral history of DIT, she reminisces about musical theatre and her performance career in Ireland and elsewhere – click here to hear her first hand accounts:

RTÉ Radio 1's Arena programme Interview with Noel Eccles and Amo Sayed

Noel Eccles and Monica Bonnie's son, Amo,  were interviewed about "The Legend of Monica Bonnie" concert on RTE Radio 1's Arena programme on Monday 21st November by Sean Rocks.  You can listen to the programme below.  The programme included extracts from Monica Bonnie's interview for the DIT Arrow Dublin Voices.

Monica Bonnie

  • Monica Bonnie was called Irish Shirley Temple and died earlier this year, there will be a concert this Saturday evening held in her honour Noel Eccles joins Sean Rocks to discuss.

  • Noel Eccles joins Sean Rocks from to discuss