On Friday 21 June, venues across Ireland will celebrate live music-making by hosting a range of music events in public spaces, from concerts, open rehearsals to random pop-up events and work place concerts for national Love: Live Music Day.
The Music Box Showcase Concert, Dunamaise Theatre 12:30pm, Friday 21 June
Music Generation Laois, in association with The Dunamaise Arts Centre, will present a concert in the Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaoise at 12:30pm on Friday 21 June, featuring participants of The Music Box programme – Music Generation Laois’ performance music education programme for children and young people with special needs.
The Music Box showcase concert will include vocal group ‘The Sparkles’ from St Francis School, Portlaoise, and a range of solo and ensemble groups from all participating schools including Rath NS, Ballybrittas, Kolbe School, Portlaoise and St Patrick’s Boys NS, Portarlington. These young musicians receive tuition on a range of instruments including harp, guitar, piano, tin whistle, drums, voice and even ipads. The concert programme will include the contemporary and the classical, with songs by Lady Gaga, U2, Johnny Cash and a very special performance of ‘Ireland’s Call.’
Try The Pipes Pop-Up event, Laois Shopping Centre 3:30-5:30pm, Friday 21 June
Music Generation Laois in association with Na Piobairi Uilleann will also host a ‘Try the Pipes’ event in Laois Shopping Centre, from 3:30-5:30pm on Friday 21 June, in association with Na Piobairi Uilleann. Uilleann Pipe lessons are available in Portlaoise, and adults and children are invited to come along, and try the pipes – and talk to the Music Generation Laois student pipers about the instrument. Uilleann Pipes are available to hire from the Music Generation Laois instrument bank, and affordable group lesson will be recommencing in September.