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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


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

Exciting Opportunity to Collaborate with our Trad Orchestra

Music Generation Laois are establishing a new group to take part in a unique once-off performance with our Trad Orchestra, working with Ollie Tumner a percussion specialist from the UK and our own percussion specialist, Eddie O’Neill. This once-off performance will last approximately 7 minutes, and showcase at Music @ the Malt House in Stradbally on the 4 of May, 2019.

This project is for musicians age 12 upwards, and is focused on body percussion (a combination of clapping, feet stomping, clicking etc). Training will be provided (we do not expect you to be an expert in body percussion to take part!).

Rehearsals take place in Laois Music Centre, Church Avenue, Portlaoise on the following dates:

 Thurs 28 Feb, 6:30pm-7pm

Thurs 14 March, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Thurs 28 March, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Thurs 4 April 6:30pm-7:30pm

Thurs 11 April, 6:30pm-7:30pm

You must also be available for a final rehearsal on Fri 3 May (times tbc), and performance on Sat 4 May (times tbc).

Participation is FREE OF CHARGE, open to students of Laois School of Music and Music Generation Laois, however, you must adhere to the schedule, repeated absenteeism will not be permitted.

To sign up – email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or call 057 8664176