Warm-hearted parishioner offers hope to the poor at Christmas

Finion hopes to raise funds for Caritas with the new CD.
Finion hopes to raise funds for Caritas with the new CD. / T. Bryant
  • A Benalmádena-based musician has made a charity recording in aid of Cáritas, an organisation that is very close to his heart

A benevolent expat musician has recorded a selection of Christmas music and traditional Irish hymns to raise money for local underprivileged families.

Dublin-born Finion Kenny plays the clarinet and saxophone during Sunday mass at the Virgin del Carmen Church in Arroyo de la Miel, and he decided to use his musical skills to produce a festive recording in aid of Cáritas, a religious charity that cares for the poor.

Finion, who personally financed the project, recorded most of the CD at a studio in Malaga last month, but he had to head back home to Dublin so that his 16-year-old granddaughter could accompany him with the harp on two of the tracks.

As reported by SUR in English in August, Finion decided to make the record for Cáritas because it is an organisation that has become very close to his heart.

“I wanted to do my part by helping those less fortunate, especially at Christmas, when their problems are so often overlooked. All proceeds from this CD will go to the relief of disadvantaged people in our parish,” the chirpy Irishman explained.

Finion, who has lived in Benalmádena since 2005, began playing the clarinet and saxophone as a teenager and by the age of twenty one he was the leader of his own seven-piece jazz band. He has worked with the Leicestershire Philharmonic Orchestra and has also made numerous recordings for the BBC in London.

The CD, which includes traditional pieces like Silent Night, The Old Rugged Cross, Walk With God and Ave María, costs five euros and is available from the Virgin del Carmen church or direct from Finion on 689 755 314.