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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.

 

MGL Junior Trad Group Auditions

We are currently auditioning for our Junior Trad Group.

The Junior Trad Group rehearses weekly on Thursdays from 6pm-7:30pm in Laois Music Centre (formerly Scoil Mhuire), on Church Avenue, Portlaoise.

€100 annual membership fee.

Entry is by audition only. Please email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie with your expression of interest by 5pm, Monday 19 November. Auditions will be held on Wednesday 21 November. 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.

Catriona McKay & Olav Johansson to perform at Leaves Literary & Music Festival

On Saturday 11 November, to celebrate National Harp Day, Scottish Harpist, Catriona McKay together with Swedish Nyckelharpa player Olov Johansson, will perform as part of the Leaves Literary and Music Festival taking place in the beautiful Emo Court at 5.30pm. Playing a fusion of Scottish and Swedish folk music, the duo will be joined by the Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble for the performance.

Catrions McKay and Olav Johansson, Saturday 11 November, 5.30pm, Emo Court tickets are €15/€5 for Music Generation Laois students. Booking through dunamaise.ie or calling 057-8663355.

Tionól 2017, 3-5 November

Following on from the success of last year’s Tionól, we are delighted to announce that Music Generation Laois, with the support of the Music Generation National Development Office National Projects funding and the Trench Trust, will deliver a Tionól for Harps and Pipes in Portlaoise from the 3 to the 5 of  November 2017.

The purpose of this weekend is to bring together pipers and harpists and their Tutors from Music Generations throughout Ireland, for a weekend of workshops, sessions and performances, including  an opportunity for students to get workshops from well-known non MG guest tutors including Catriona McKay (harp), David Power (pipes), Tríona Marshall (harp) & Michael Rooney (harp).

A range of classes are available, open to all students from recent beginners to advanced in the harp and uilleann pipes. Tutors include:

Harp: Siobhan Buckley, Michael Rooney, Catriona McKay, Tríona Marshall, Ramune Sakalauskaite, Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla, Gráinne Hambly, Kerri Mullan & Billy Jackson

Uilleann Pipes: Paul Harrigan David Power, Timothy Doyle and Padraig McGovern

 

Booking

€70 fee includes workshops and all concert tickets. €60 discounted rate to Music Generation Laois students. To book, email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or phone 057-8664176. For more information, see Music Generation Laois Tionol Letter and Application Form for Harpers and Pipers Sept 2017.

Supervision

Under 18s will be supervised during break times unless alternative arrangements are made by parents/guardians.

 

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Concerts

Friday 3 November

Opening Gala Concert featuring the premiere of a newly composed suite of music by Michael Rooney for the Music Generation Laois Harp Orchestra, Tionól Tutors, Michael and June Rooney and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra taking place in the Portlaoise Further Education & Training Centre, Tower Hill at 7pm.

Free admission to students of the Tionól/ General public €5. Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre 057 8663355 or Dunamaise.ie

Saturday 4 November

Concert featuring Tionól participants from across Ireland and guest harp ensembles in the Dunamaise Arts Centre at 7pm.

Free admission to students of the Tionól/ General public €5. Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre 057 8663355 or Dunamaise.ie

Sunday 5 November

Closing Student Concert: Tionól 2017 – featuring students from the Tionól taking place in the Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise, 2pm.

Admission free of charge, on a first come-first serve basis on the door.

 

MGL Junior Trad Group

Music Generation Laois will be holding auditions for their Junior Trad Group which will be starting this October.

The Trad Group will hold weekly rehearsals on Thursdays from 4-5pm in the Portlaoise Further Education & Training Centre, Tower Hill.

€100 annual membership fee.

Entry is by audition only. Please email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie with your expression of interest by 12 noon Friday 13 October. Auditions will be held on Thursday 19 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.

Applications by email to musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie

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