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7th Annual Music Festival with Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music, Sunday 22nd March 2020

Guitars ready to rock on Sunday Photo: Denis Byrne

The 7th annual non-competitive Music Festival with Laois School of Music will take place on Sunday 22nd of March in Laois Music Centre. This is a great opportunity for students and ensembles of Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music to perform and get feedback from an external Music Advisor.

Applications are available from Tutors and by clicking below:

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet coming to Portlaoise on Sunday 9 Feb as part of a Music Network Tour

A jazz 4 piece  made up of harp, saxophone, double bass and percussion, a unique opportunity to come and hear live jazz in Portlaoise! Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre, students of Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music, and their families, can avail of the €5 student rate! click here to book

Alina Bzhezhinska, harp
Tony Kofi, saxophones
Larry Bartley, double bass
Joel Prime, drums | percussion 

Venue:                                 St. Peter’s Church of Ireland, Market Square, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Date:                                     Sunday 9th February

Time:                                     6PM

Ticket Prices:                      Concession €5 /Adults €12

Booking Phone:                057 8663355 (Dunamaise Arts Centre)

Online:                                 www.dunamaise.ie  https://dunamaise.ticketsolve.com/shows/873610391

Promoted by:                    Laois County Council Arts Office / Music Generation Laois and Dunamaise Arts Centre 

“…Bzhezhinska – an artist to watch.”

– Evening Standard

“…Bzhezhinska has produced an album of mesmerizing beauty and elegance.”

– All About Jazz

“…Bzhezhinska shares with Alice (Coltrane) a mastery of the jazz harp.”

– The Times (UK)

Trad Orchestra Auditions 2019-2020

Martin Tourish and Michael Rooney with the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra onstage at the Dunamaise Theatre (Nov 2019) Photo Denis Byrne

Applications are now open for high-standard, dedicated trad musicians to join the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra 

The positions open for audition are:

  • Button accordion
  • Guitar
  • Concertina
  • Whistle
  • Trad Flute
  • Mandolin
  • Banjo
  • Fiddle
  • Piano
  • Harp
  • Uilleann Pipes
  • Double bass
  • Bodhrán/Percussion

Standard: This opportunity is for intermediate/advanced traditional musicians with 4 years experience and upwards

Age: Open to all ages

Weekly rehearsal: Successful applicants must be available for weekly rehearsal on Saturdays from 10am-11:30am (from Saturday 16 November 2019 onwards). Attendance is strictly monitored, if members miss more than 3 rehearsals throughout the academic year, their membership will be relinquished.

Fee: Annual orchestra membership fee €100.

How to apply: Spaces are allocated on an audition basis – send an email to mgl@loetb.ie with your name, date of birth, instrument(s), standard (how many years you have been playing, any significant performances or achievements in this time), Parent/Guardian contact telephone number (for those under 18) and home address. Note, as this is an advanced ensemble, expression of interest emails are to come from applicants, applications made by parents/guardians on behalf of musicians will not be accepted.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon, Thursday 14 November 2019

Auditions: Auditions will take place on Friday 15 November 2019. W

The Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra was established in January 2016 under the directorship of Paul Finn and Siobhan Buckley. In May 2016, the orchestra collaborated with Donegal Accordionist Martin Tourish to create a new 30 minute suite of music ‘1916 Visions and Voices’ funded by the Laois 2016 Community Fund, Per Cent for Art through Laois County Council and the Music Generation Arts Council Partnership.  The music was premiered on the 22 of May 2016, as part of the Music Generation Laois New Works Series, to unprecedented public response! The work has since been performed in Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Ennis 2016, for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin Castle and in Powerscourt for the Ireland Funds Worldwide Conference attended by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Prince Albert of Monaco and has also been recorded an launched as a CD. In 2018, the Trad Orchestra premiered a new work ‘Loinnir Laoise,’ commissioned by Music Generation Laois and composed by Ryan Molloy as part of Music at the Malt House 2018. This suite of music was performed for a second time on the gig rig at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2018 in Drogheda.

Throughout the past academic year (2018/2019) the Trad Orchestra have collaborated with many well-known musicians including Christ Stout (fiddle), Catriona McKay (harp), Zoe Conway (fiddle) and John McIntyre (guitar).

Please note: This is a highly professional ensemble, repeated absenteeism is not acceptable nor is poor timekeeping.  Frequently additional rehearsals and performances are added and these are mandatory.  Musicians must come prepared to rehearsals. Poor conduct and irresponsible behaviour is not permitted.

Tionól 2019

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 Colombia 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), James Mahon (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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