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Easter Songwriting Workshops

The music school was filled with music this Easter with our Songwriting Workshops with local musicians Adela Meally and James O’Connor.


Over the course of a two-day workshop, budding songwriters were encouraged to unleash their musical creations under the guidance of songsters James O’Connor and Adela Meally.

The groups, ranging from ages 10 – 17 years comprised of vocalists, poets, and a variety of instrumentalists. They were taken through the steps and techniques of writing their own music and also analysed some of today’s top hits to see what made them hits!

Groups were formed and their songs started to take shape with their final performances happening at the end of the second day. We were delighted to see how far the groups came in such a short time and hope that they will continue with their composing!

 

Easter Stampede Drumming Workshop

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This Easter saw the beginning of the Laois County Stampede Drumming Group led by Eddie O’Neill.

Forty drumming students from a number of primary schools in County Laois came together to perform as a large-scale drumming ensemble. All the students participating come from schools who participate in the Stampede Drumming programme.

The students, led by our Stampede Drumming tutor Eddie O’Neill, were introduced to new drums, new rhythms, patterns and techniques in an intense two-days of learning. We look forward to seeing their progress over the next few years as this ensemble develops.

Music Generation Laois Grúpa Ceoil at Music @ Mount Leinster

Music Generation Laois Grúpa Ceoil at Music @ Mount Leinster

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A group of young musicians from Music Generation Laois attended a weekend of traditional music in Borris, Co Carlow, organised by Music Generation Carlow.

The Mount Leinster Traditional Music Camp ran from March 27 to March 29. The Laois group had the opportunity to work with some of the top traditional musicians in the country, including fiddle player Zoe Conway, concertina player Jack Talty and traditional flautist Conor Crimmins.

As part of the event, on Saturday March 28 there was an intimate evening of music in the Sacred Heart Church. The evening of traditional Irish music featured acclaimed musicians such as Zoe Conway and John McIntyre (fiddle and guitar), Damien Mullane (button accordion), Jack Talty, Aimee Farrell Countney (bodhrán), Conor Crimmins, and Dave Power (uilleann pipes).

The young Laois musicians who attended were Jessica and Sarah Bennett, Alain Carroll, Kurt Dineen-Carroll, Fiadh Fitzpatrick, Isobel and Grace Donnery and Kate McDonald.

See a video of their end of camp performance here:

We’re now gearing up to host a three-day traditional music summer school from July 7 to July 9 in Portlaoise. For more information on this, contact us on 057 8664176, or email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie for further details.

Alexander L’Estrange Choral Workshops

Music Generation Laois hosted a series of workshops with Musician and Composer Alexander L’Estrange, entitled ‘Singing Pop and Jazz Styles.’ Alexander is from Oxford in England, and has composed many large-scale choral works for Community Choirs and schools, and he brought his wide expertise to Laois on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 of March.

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Children from Rath National School in Ballybrittas, Scoil Naomh Eoin Killenard, Presentation Primary School Portarlginton, Barnashrone National School, Errill National School, Killadooley National School in  Ballybrophy and Gael Scoil an tSlí Dala in Ballaghmore all participated. The workshops covered Gospel and Swing songs, and were extremely enjoyable for both children and Teachers in the various schools. All these schools participate in the Music Generation Laois Choral programme, new schools are invited to apply to join the Choral programme for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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