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Tionól 2019

Michael Rooney

Tionól – Harp & Pipes, 1-3 November 2019

Friday 1 November
12noon-2pm: Registration, Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre (Portlaoise FETC), Tower Hill, Portlaoise, Co. Laois 

2-4pm  Instrumental workshops , Portlaoise FETC  

Maeve Gilchrist

8pm: Tionól 2019 Opening Gala Concert Featuring the world premiere of new music by Maeve Gilchrist performed by the Music Generation Laois Harp Orchestra. 

Michael Rooney and the Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble

Jarlath Henderson (pipes)

Martin Tourish and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra

Tlen Huicani – ‘The best folk group of Mexico’, a 5-piece band fronted by Harper Alberto de la Rosa play the music of Veracruz, a region from the gulf of Mexico. Harp is accompanied by small guitars called Jaranas and voices, Tlen Huicani perform happy and festive songs.

New music by Maeve Gilchrist is supported by the Creative Ireland Laois fund.

Dunamaise Arts Centre, Tionól Students Free of Charge • General Public €5  Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre 057 8663355 or Dunamaise.ie 
 

Saturday 2 November  

Jarlath Henderson

10am-11:30am  Instrumental workshops/ masterclass with Tlen Huicani (Mexico), Portlaoise FETC 

12noon-1pm  Instrumental Workshops/ masterclass with Tlen Huicani, Portlaoise FETC 

2pm-4pm  Instrumental Workshops /Reed Making Workshop/ masterclass with Tlen Huicani, Portlaoise FETC 

7pm: Tionól concert featuring young Harpers and Pipers from Music Generation programmes across Ireland, a youth group of harpers from Columbia and Tionól Tutors including Leonard Barry (pipes), William Jackson (harp), Grainne Hambly (harp), Anne-Marie O’Farrell (harp), Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla (harp), Jill Devlin (harp), Lauren O’Neill (harp), Rachel Duffy (harp), Siobhan Buckley (harp), Paul Harrigan (pipes), Tim Doyle (pipes), Mark Redmond (pipes), Peter Browne (pipes), Kathleen Loughnane (harp) and Maeve Gilchrist (harp) 

Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tionól Students Free of Charge • General Public €5  – Tickets for sale on the door 

 
Sunday 3 November

Leonard Barry

10am-11:30am Instrumental workshops, Portlaoise FETC

12noon-1pm  Instrumental Workshops, Portlaoise FETC 1pm 

2pm Closing Student Concert – Tionól 2019, programme of music made up of repertoire covered throughout Tionol, Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre (Admission free of charge, donations welcome) 

7pm: Tionól Closing Party featuring Tlen Huicani (Mexico), Andy Bergins Main St, Portlaoise – Free AdmissionT

Tlen Huicani (Mexico)

Booking Workshops

To book workshops: mgl@loetb.ie or call 057 8681782

WORKSHOP STANDARDS: A range of classes are available from recent beginners to advanced. You must have your own instrument to participate. A limited number of harps are available for Music Generation Laois students.

SUPERVISION: Under 18s will be supervised during break times unless alternative arrangements made by parents. Open to ages 7 and upwards. LUNCH IS PROVIDED

FEE: €70 

Workshops venue: Portlaoise FETC (Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise, Co. Laois)

Music Generation Laois Tionól 2019 is a national gathering for harps and pipes 2019 funded by the Music Generation Creativity and Collaboration Fund and the Trench Trust.

 

Junior Trad Group Auditions 2019

We are currently auditioning for our Junior Trad Group.

The Junior Trad Group rehearses weekly on Thursdays from 5:30pm-7pm in Laois Music Centre, on Church Avenue, Portlaoise.

€100 annual membership fee.

Entry is by audition only. Please email mgl@loetb.ie with your expression of interest by 5pm, Tuesday 8th of October 2019. Auditions will be held on Thursday 10th of October. You will receive an email if you have been selected for an audition.

In your email, we will need the young musician’s:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Parent/Guardian name, email and mobile number
  • Instrument
  • Years experience

We are looking for young trad musicians who have been playing at least 2 years, can pick up basic tunes and learn to play them by ear with ease.

In the audition, young musicians will need to play two contrasting tunes and participate in a short interview (5-10 minutes).

There is no age limit – the selection process is based on playing standard.

MGL Junior Trad Group, Music at the Malt House 2019 – image credit Denis Byrne

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Music Generation Laois Summer Programmes 2019

1-5 July, Summer School of Rock and Pop

Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co Laois

(Mon-Thurs 11am-3:30pm; Fri 1-3pm & 4-7pm)

Age: 10 upwards –  Cost €70

Develop confidence and stage presence in a weeklong camp culminating with a concert on the Dunamaise Stage on the final day. A team of tutors from the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop including James O’Connor, Terry Byrne, Ros O’Meara and Denise Boyle will work with musicians and singers – all instruments welcome! Participants must already play an instrument or sing to participate.

We will have an optional jazz module this year led by Paul McIntyre (keys) and Dave Redmond (bass) pending sufficient interest.

Booking: musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or 057 8664176

17-19 July, Trad Summer School

Photo © Colin Gillen/framelight.ie

17-19 July, Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise

Máire Ní Chathasaigh (HARP), Siobhan Buckley (HARP), Oisín Morrison (Harp) Denise Boyle (FIDDLE), Jesse Smith (FIDDLE), Tommy Fitzharris (FLUTE), Sean Gavin (FLUTE) Michéal O’Raghallaigh (CONCERTINA) and Jacqueline McCarthy (CONCERTINA) Paul Finn (BUTTON ACCORDION), Derek Hickey (BUTTON ACCORDION) Joseph Byrne (UILLEANN PIPES), David Power (UILLEANN PIPES), Fionnán MacGabhann (UILLEANN PIPES) Dale McKay (BODHRÁN) Eamon Murray (BODHRÁN)

Mixed Juniors Class with Aine McQuaid

Workshops (3 days) €60, age 8 upwards, email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or call 057 8664176 to book.

Workshops: 11am- 3pm, Wednesday and Thursday , and from 11am-4.30pm on Friday including a student concert at 3pm.

Trad Summer School 2019 Concerts

Opening Gala Concert featuring tutors from the Summer School, Wednesday 17 July, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, 8pm

Admission €5 – book directly through the Dunamaise Arts Centre on 057 8663355 book here

Free admission for students of the Summer School.

Moxie, The Courtyard, Kavanaghs Live Music Venue, Main St, Portlaoise, Thursday 18 July, 7pm €15/€10 concession book here

Student Concert – Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise, Fri 19 July, 3pm

Free admission, donations welcome.
Booking: musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or 057 8664176

Music at the Malt House, 3-4 May

A two day concert series, presented by Music Generation Laois, in The Malt House, Stradbally, Co.Laois  featuring professional traditional musicians, and collaborations between professional musicians and Music Generation Laois students. Professional musicians include: Michael Rooney, Chris Stout and Catriona McKay, Zoe Conway and John McIntyre, Ernestine Healy, Tommy Fitzharris and Donal McCague. Music Generation Laois participants include our Trad Orchestra, Senior Harp Ensemble, Junior Trad Group and an exciting body percussion/trad fusion event.

Friday 3 May, 8pm

Zoe Conway and John McIntyre – Michael Rooney – Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble Ensemble – Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra – Music Generation Laois Senior Trad Group

Saturday 4 May, 7pm

Chris Stout and Catriona McKay – Tommy Fitzharris and Donal McCague (album launch!)– Ernestine Healy with the Music Generation Laois Junior Trad Group – Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble – Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra –– Body Percussion/Trad Fusion.

Admission, €5 per concert

Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre HERE, or call 057 866335

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