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    Traditional Music Programme

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

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

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    Everyone loves to Sing – join the choral revolution!

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    The Music Box

    An innovative music programme for children with specials needs

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Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop launched by Jack L!

The Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop was officially launched by the internationally renowned Singer and Musician, Jack L, on Tuesday 24 September in the Portlaoise Youth Café. The new School of Rock and Pop offers affordable group lessons in guitar (bass, electric and acoustic), keyboard and drums, and caters for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. The School of Rock and Pop offers young people in Laois the opportunity to develop their musical talents, by providing music lessons, mentoring, performance opportunities as well as a range of once-off workshops in Song-writing and Music Technology.

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The School of Rock and Pop is based in the Portlaoise Youth Café, and Music Generation Laois are delivering this initiative in association with Youth Work Ireland Laois. Speaking at the launch, Joe Thompson Director of Youth Work Ireland Laois said ‘Youth Work Ireland laois see its collaboration with Music Generation Laois as a major initiative to make popular music more accessible to all young people in laois. The endorsement of acclaimed international Singer-Songwriter Jack Lukeman speaks volumes to the stand and quality of the programme. Jack is a gentleman, giving freely of his time vast knowledge and experience of music performance and the music industry to the young people at the Portlaoise Youth Cafe.  It is thumbs up from all involved!’

Rosa Flannery, Co-ordinator of Music Generation Laois, added ‘It is fantastic to see the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop now launched in the Portlaoise Youth Cafe, and we already have a great group of Young people involved, some of them keen beginners who show so much potential, and other young musicians who have been performing for quite some time and now wish to further develop their talent under the guidance of our fantastic team of Tutors. I am delighted to see the plans for Music Generation in the County coming to fruition, and it is wonderful to have a Singer and Musician of the calibre of Jack L launch this initiative.’

For further on the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop, and to sign up for lessons, contact Music Generation Laois on 057 8664078

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Edmar Castenada Workshop for Music Generation Laois Harpists

Harp Students from Music Generation Laois will attend a workshop with the wonderful Colombian Harpist Edmar Castenada. We are bringing this opportunity to our harp students in association with Music Network

For further information of Tour Dates for Edmar Castenada in Ireland, see http://www.musicnetwork.ie/

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Glee Club Leader Opportunity

Music Generation Laois/Laois Partnership Company Glee Club – Call for Submissions for a Glee Club Leader

Music Generation Laois work in association with Laois Partnership to deliver the Glee Club programme in 3 locations in Laois:

  • Mountrath
  • Mountmellick
  • Portlaoise

Music Generation Laois are now seeking submissions from an experienced Music Practitioner, with experience of leading popular music choirs, to deliver the Glee Club programme for the 2013-2014 Academic year in Mountrath, Mountmellick and Portlaoise.

The Glee Club Leader will design and deliver a performance music programme (singing) for Glee Club participants, that includes a strong popular repertoire for club members to perform, that appeals to their musical interests/ age / abilities. The Glee Club Leader will work with the Glee Club Movement/ Choreography Tutor and the Music Generation Laois Co-ordinator in the design and delivery of the Glee Club Programme.

Closing date for completed submissions is: 12 noon, Friday 11 October 2013.

Interviews are scheduled to take place on: Tuesday 15 October in Portlaoise.

Further Information:  Further Information Glee Club Leader

Submission Form:  Glee Club Leader Submission Form

Music Generation Laois at the National Ploughing Championships 2013

national-ploughing-championshipsCome visit us at our stand at the National Ploughing Championships 2013, Tuesday 24 September to Thursday 26 September, Ratheniska, Co Laois! We will have an interactive stall in the Laois County Council Tent (V361) with instruments, and video footage from our programmes.

On Wednesday 25 September @ 12:30pm, our Stampede Drumming Group from The Rock NS, Mountmellick, Co Laois. will perform at The Ploughing Championships 2013. These wonderful young drummers will perform using djembes, bass drums and congas under the direction of their Tutor, Eddie O Neill.


Culture Night 2013 – Friday 20 September

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Music Generation Laois will bring their School of Rock and Pop Roadshow to Laois Shopping Centre for Culture Night 2013 from 3pm-5pm. Children and young people will have the opportunity to try out bass, acoustic and electric guitar, drums and keyboard. The School of Rock and Pop Tutors will be on-hand to give advice on the wonderful programme planned for Rock and Pop in Laois. On Saturday 21 September, The School of Rock and Pop will be launched in the Portlaoise Youth Café, with affordable group lessons, band time and performance opportunities.

 Music Generation Laois Grupa Cheoil performance as part of James Fintan Lalor Inaugural School 2013, 7pm Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Friday 20 September 2013

Music Generation Laois Grupa Cheoil will perform in the Dunamaise Theatre on Friday 20 September, as part of the launch of The James Fintan Lalor Inagural School 2013 marking Culture Night 2013 in Laois. A new Play by Mike Finn ‘From the Sod to the Sky’ starring Paul Meade and Myles Dungan will be premiered as part of this event, based on the writings of James Fintan Lalor a Significant Laois-born writer, and political activist.