A&E: Spotlight on Colleen Irwin '14Thursday, May 24, 2012 By Rachael Maguire and Grace Garvey
Colleen Irwin ’14, this month’s highlighted Arts student, is musically multi-talented. She sings, as well as plays the guitar and the harmonica. She enjoys country and indie music, and says her musical inspiration is Kevin Charles and The Barracudas. Irwin is no stranger to performing. She is a regular at Providence Coffeehouses, and also starred in this year’s spring musical, “Frog and Toad.” Colleen is in a band (of which her brother Patrick Irwin ’12 is also a member) called ‘If Eye May’ that performs in clubs such as The Depot in Hopkins. She is comfortable on stage, and loves making each performance memorable. “My favorite thing to do while on stage is to pick one person in the crowd and sing to them the whole night, try to freak them out a little,” Irwin said with a laugh. Irwin herself has also been on the receiving end of awkwardness on stage: "The weirdest thing I ever had to do on stage was to sniff my armpits and say 'Mmmm'" she says. The described incident was part of her performance in the play "Jack and the Beanstalk." Overall, Irwin is an excellent example of a performer who loves the spotlight and makes the best of every situation. In the near future, she hopes to be a part of Providence's musical next year, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." Beyond that, Irwin looks forward to performing her music for the rest of her life.