Posts Tagged ‘music’

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 or calling 057-8663355.

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 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

Music Generation Laois Trad Summer School 21-23 July 2017

Venue: Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise
Times: 11am–3pm (Fri, Sat) 11am-4:30pm (Sun)
Age: 8 years upwards

Cost: €60

Laoise Kelly, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Siobhan Buckley, Joleen McLaughlin & Rachel Hair (Harp)
Denise Boyle & Bríd Harper (Fiddle)
Michelle Mulcahy & Ernestine Healy (Concertina)
Niall Keegan & Tommy Fitzharris (Flute)
Peter Browne & Paul Finn (Button Accordion)
David Power, Fionnán McGabhann, Gay McKeon & Alexander Suarez Mendez (Uilleann Pipes)
Tommy Hayes, Colm Phelan (Bodhrán)

There will also be a mixed juniors class for more recent beginners.

REQUIRED STANDARD: You must have some experience in an instrument to enroll in the Trad Summer School classes. Those of a more junior standard will be placed in the mixed juniors class, and this will be decided by the instrumental tutors. Limited number of harps are available for Music Generation Laois harp students.

BOOKING: or call 057 866 4176

Opening Gala Concert 
Featuring Tutors from the Summer School and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra

Friday 21 July, Dunamaise Arts Centre @ 8pm
Concert featuring top-notch traditional musicians teaching at the Summer School, and a performance by the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra.
€5 • Book directly through the Dunamaise Arts Centre  057 866 3355/

Saturday 22 July, The Courtyard @ Kavanaghs, Main St, Portlaoise @ 7pm
Brilliant Irish Trad band who have shot to international fame since recording with Ed Sheeran
Admission €20/€15, book tickets in person or online through Kavanaghs Live Music Venue

Student & Tutor Concert
Sunday 23 July Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, 3pm Portlaoise
Finale concert showcasing students from the Summer School. Free admission, donations welcome.

Summer Camps 2017

Pop, Rock or Traditional? Music Generation Laois are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for our Summer Camps for 2017. This year will see a variety of camp choices and a range of musical genres. Our experienced and renowned tutors will work with students to unleash their creative side through classes, workshops, performances and masterclasses.

Bookings are now being taken for
– School of Rock & Pop (3 – 7 July)
– Music Generation Laois Trad Summer School (21 – 23 July)

See Summer Camps 2017 for more information on each camp.

To make a booking or for information contact Music Generation Laois on 057-8664176 or