• Traditional Music Programme

    Traditional Music Programme

    Lessons available in uilleann pipes, harp, concertina, tin whistle and traditional flute

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    Orchestral Programme

    Become part of the orchestra through our strings, brass, oboe, double bass and orchestral percussion lessons

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  • School of Rock and Pop

    School of Rock and Pop

    Perform as part of our Rock and Pop Jam Sessions
    Meet other musicians and create new bands

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  • Singing Programme

    Singing Programme

    Everyone loves to Sing – join the choral revolution!

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  • The Music Box

    The Music Box

    An innovative music programme for children with specials needs

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    Stampede Drumming

    Djembes, African Bass Drums, Shakers, Bells! Drum with drummer Eddie O’Neill

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Summer Programmes 2018

Summer School of Rock and Pop | 2nd to 6th July
Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise.

Develop confidence and stage presence in a weeklong programme culminating with a concert on the Dunamaise Stage. A team of tutors will work with musicians and singers – all instruments welcome!
Ages 10-18 | Fee: €70
Times:11am-3:30pm (Mon to Thurs),12 noon-3pm &
4pm-7pm (Fri)

Mezzanine Gig in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Tuesday 3rd July @ 8pm featuring tutors Dale Hennessy, Terry Byrne, Ros O’Meara and James O Connor. (Admission €10/€5).

Trad Summer School | 20th to 22nd July

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Trad Summer School | 20th to 22nd July
Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise.
Age: 8 years upwards | Fee: €60
Times: 11am-3pm (Fri & Sat), 11am-4:30pm (Sun)
Tutors include: Mohsen Amini (concertina),Ernestine Healy (concertina),Deirdre Granville (harp), Lauren O Neill (harp), Mikie Smith (uilleann pipes), Padraig Mc Govern  (uilleann pipes), Paul Finn (button accordion),Derek Hickey (button accordion), Siobhan Peoples (fiddle), Denise Boyle (fiddle), Tommy Fitzharris (flute),John Kelly (flute), Colm Phelan (bodhrán), Tommy Hayes (bodhrán) Derek Hickey (button accordion) and many more to be announced.

Trad Summer School Concerts

Opening Gala Concert, Fri 20th July, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, 8pm

Featuring Tutors from the Summer School, the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, and the Music Generation Laois Junior Trad Group

Concert featuring top-notch traditional musicians teaching at the Summer School, the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra and the Music Generation Laois Junior Trad Group.

€5 – Book directly through Dunamaise Arts Centre 057 8663355 / Dunamaise.ie

 

Talisk, Sat 21st July, The Courtyard @ Kavanaghs, Main St, Portlaoise 7pm (family-friendly gig)

Epic Scottish Trad Band, recent winners of BBC 2 Folk Band of the Year 2017

Mohsen Amini (concertina), Hayley Keenan (fiddle) and Graeme Armstrong (guitar) create a captivating, energetic and dynamic sound that, in just a couple of years, has earned them multiple award wins, unwavering nationwide media praise, and standing ovations far and wide.

€15/€10, book tickets online at kavanaghsportlaoise.com or in person in Kavanagh’s Live Music Venue

 

Trad Summer School Closing Student Concert, Sun 22nd July, Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise, 3pm

Finale concert showcasing students from the Summer School

Free Admission, donations welcome.

Booking for Music Generation Laois Programmes:musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or 057 866 4176

Application can be downloaded here-Application Form Summer Camps 2018

For further information download brochure-Summer Camp 2018

New Works Series CD – available to purchase now!

The Music Generation Laois ‘New Works Series’ was commissioned in 2016 to bring young musicians together with three acclaimed professionals to collaborate, write and perform a series of new works for ensembles in the county.

This high quality CD pack contains 3 separate CDs featuring:

CD 1: In My Back Garden by Elaine Agnew, with text by Ann Egan, performed by the Laois School of Music Youth Orchestra and Music Generation Laois National Schools’ Choir

CD 2: Rising of the Harps by Catriona McKay in collaboration with the Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble, performed by Catriona McKay and the Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble

CD 3: Visions and Voices by Martin Tourish in collaboration with the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, performed by Martin Tourish and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra

This recording project was supported by the Music Generation/ Arts Council Partnership.

Order New Work Series CD Below

Music at the Malt House 2018

From 13 to 15 April, we will host a very special event in the magnificent surrounds of the restored Malt House in Stradbally. Following the success of last year’s inaugural concert, ‘Music at the Malt House’ 2018 will expand to include three days of music and special guest performances, as well as the launch of the much-anticipated Music Generation Laois ‘New Works Series’ album.

The event kicks off on Friday 13 April at 8pm with renowned trad band Téada, a traditional Irish band with a truly worldwide reach. Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals across the globe, from the US and Canada to the Middle East and Australia. The band features accomplished musicians Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle), Paul Finn (button accordion), Damien Stenson (flutes and various whistles), Seán Mc Elwain (bouzouki and guitar), Seamus Begley (button accordion and singer) and Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán player).

On Saturday 14 April at 7pm, a line-up of young and professional musicians will take to the stage. The world premiere of Ryan Molloy’s ‘Loinnir Laoise’ will be performed by the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra. This will be followed by the second-ever performance of Michael Rooney’s ‘Spirit of Laois,’ performed by harpists from the Music Generation Laois Harp Programme, commissioned by Music Generation Laois and funded by the Creative Ireland Laois Programme. The renowned Scottish trad duo Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona McKay (harp) will also perform and special guests on the night will include the All Ireland Scor na nÓg Champions from Borris in Ossory/Kilcotton GAA.

Sunday 15 April at 4pm will see the launch of the ‘New Works Series’ album, which has been funded through the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership. The Music Generation Laois ‘New Works Series’ was commissioned in 2016 to bring young musicians together with three acclaimed professionals to collaborate, write and perform a series of new works for ensembles in the county. The Music Generation Laois National Schools’ Choir, Laois School of Music Youth Orchestra, Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble and Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, who each recorded their suites as part of the album, will perform to the audience at the launch.

All concerts take place in the restored Malt House building in Stradbally, County Laois.

For tickets and more information about ‘Music at the Malt House’, visit www.dunamaise.ie or phone Dunamaise Arts Centre on 0578663355.

Rescheduled 5th Annual Music Festival with Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music, Sunday 25 March

Our 5th annual non-competitive Music Festival with Laois School of Music will now take place on Sunday 25 March in Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise (a snow day reschedule!). 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 on the link below:

Festival Entry Form & Guidelines 2018

Siobhan Cunningham performing in the Laois School of Music/Music Generation Laois – 4th. Music Festival in Portlaoise. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee .

A harp Quartet performing in the Laois School of Music/Music Generation Laois – 4th. Music Festival in Portlaoise. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee .

Participants in the Laois School of Music/Music Generation Laois – 4th. Music Festival in Portlaoise. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee .

 

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