John Lennon Educational Tour Bus completed a circuit around Ireland stopping off at Music Generation programmes across the country organised by the Music Generation National Development Office.
This state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production tour bus offers young people the opportunity to write and record a song and make an accompanying music video all within an intense, action packed 8-hour workshop. The Bus, which was made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon, is dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops.
Laois were extremely lucky to have the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in situ for two days and both junior and senior members of the School of Rock & Pop attended. Two fantastic songs were written.
Here are the two songs:
‘Rain rain, go away…’ Written and recorded by our Junior group on the first day
‘Jibber Jabber’ – Written and recorded by our Senior group on Day 2
There was a great reaction to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus from around the country and some brilliant songs were produced. Here’s a snapshot of some of the 2015 Ireland Tour:
This is the second time that the bus has visited Laois. Have a look at the link below to listen to ‘A Chance to Begin’, recorded by Music Generation Laois’s Angelic Explosions in 2013:
Music Generation Laois are delighted and excited to be bringing their Traditional Grúpa Ceoil to Sligo for a performance on stage at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil on Tuesday 11th August at 5pm.
After a very successful trip to Music @ Mt. Leinster in Borris, Co Carlow in April and a jam packed Music Generation Laois Traditional Summer School in July, the Music Generation Laois Grúpa Ceoil are ready to take to the stage at the All-Ireland Fleadh taking place in Sligo from 9th-16th August. The group will be performing on the Music Generation Sligo stage in a concert that also will feature young musicians from Sligo, Mayo and Donegal.
The young Laois musicians taking part are Sarah Bennett (Bodhrán), Jessica Bennett (Flute), Molly Donnery (Harp), Isobel Donnery (Bodhrán), Grace Donnery (Flute), Kate MacDonald (Fiddle), Alain Carroll (Uilleann Pipes), Fiadh Fitzpatrick (Uilleann Pipes), Kurt Dineen-Carroll (Uilleann Pipes), David Vesey (Flute), Caoimhe Lowry (Concertina) and Ciara Faherty (Guitar). The group is being led by Donegal fiddler, Denise Boyle.
Music Generation Laois Grúpa Ceoil will be performing on Tuesday 11th August at 5pm on the Music Generation Sligo stage.
For further information on Music Generation Laois and their programmes, see musicgenerationlaois.ie or telephone 057-8664176.
Music Generation Laois staged two fantastic concerts on Sunday the 7 of June in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise to celebrate 3 years of the pioneering performance music education programme in the County. These concerts featured the newly formed Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble, and Stampede Drumming Groups, young musicians and singers from the School of Rock and Pop, and an amazing choir made up of singers from Errill NS, Killadooley NS, Killenard NS, Rath NS, Gael Scoil an tSlí Dala in Ballaghmore and Presentation Primary School Portarlington.
Music Generation Laois was recently awarded national Music Generation funding from the Department of Education and Skills for 2015-2020. Through local funding from Laois County Council, Laois Offaly ETB and Laois Partnership Company, along with fundraising and tuition fees, the music programme will continue to provide over 1500 children in Laois with music tuition in the next 5 years, as well as expanding and developing into new areas of the County.
Speaking at the concert, Co-ordinator of Music Generation Laois, Rosa Flannery commented, ‘We have had an amazing three years, establishing and growing the Music Generation Laois programme, the fruits of this work is evident at today’s concerts, as the children and young people have all performed to such a high standard, with great musical skill and feeling – as well as clearly enjoying themselves on stage. The work of their tutors, staff in participating schools, and the support of their parents are all key factors in the success of these concerts. For 2015-2020, we want to continue this success story, and in particular I appeal to schools and families not currently involved in our programme to make contact with us, and find out how they can get involved.
Fee: €30. Venue: Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, Railway St, Portlaoise
School of Rock and Pop, Monday 29 June-Friday 3 July
Develop confidence and stage presence in a weeklong camp culminating with a concert on the Dunamaise Stage on the final day. A team of 3 tutors from the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop will work with musicians and singers – all instruments welcome!
Songwriting Module – If you would like to take a songwriting module as part of this camp, please let us know on the application form!
Ages: 10-18 (with experience in playing an instrument or singing)