Two Irish Acts Aiming for A Cappella Crown

New reality TV show ‘Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’ comes to Sky TV this October with two Irish groups amongst those competing for the title.

The show, which will begin on Sky 1 from October 6th, will be hosted by Cat Deeley and will see 30 a cappella groups battle it out in a bid to be crowned the very first a cappella kings or queens!

Heading up the Irish talent is a six-piece Dublin group, Ardú, which is made up of singers Vicky Warwick (26), Andrea Delaney (32), Leanne Fitzgerald (25), Ciaran Kelly (30), Harry Oulton (29) and Tristan Caldwell (34).

The group has already been together for some time and regularly performs all over Ireland – they will have the task of opening the new singing talent show with their version of U2’s ‘With or Without You’.

Members of the group believe that Ardú are the “pioneers of A Cappella” in Ireland and they hope that featuring on the high profile Sky 1 show can bring the A Cappella genre to a bigger audience.

They said: “There is such a choral background and history of fiddle music in Ireland. A lot of new groups imitate and follow tradition – there’s no one else doing what we do.”

‘Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’ is based around raw talent and acts will have no backing tracks, no instruments and no opportunity for a second chance at scooping the prize and the coveted a cappella title.

The winners of the show will walk away with the chance to record an album at the world famous Abbey Road Studios and the opportunity to release a single in time for Christmas.

The second Irish group in the running also has ties to Dublin with members Kate Donohue, Allison Grace Saul and Keri Ann Sheridan hailing from the capital and surrounding towns.

The trio make up The Apple Blossoms who will be hoping their vocal talents can help them progress in the competition.

The Apple Blossoms

Although the three friends have been singing for many years they are still relatively new to the world of a cappella and hope the Sky 1 show can give them their “big break”.

The Apple Blossoms cover an array of music genres and find performing a cappella “liberating”. The group said: “Harmonies are where we really shine as a group. We blend really well together and know each other’s voices inside and out.”

To follow their progress catch ‘Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’ which starts on Friday 6 October at 9pm, on Sky 1 and NOW TV.