Venue: Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise
Times: 11am–3pm (Fri, Sat) 11am-4:30pm (Sun)
Age: 8 years upwards
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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/dunamaise.ie
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.
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 email@example.com.
Top notch trad musicians descended on Co Laois at the weekend, as part of the 3rd annual Music Generation Laois Trad Summer School. Well-known musicians, Cormac de Barra, Maire Ní Chathasaigh, Brendan Begley, Noel Hill, Nollaig McCarthy, Eamon Murray, Harry Bradley, Aidan O Donnell, Denise Boyle, Siobhan Buckley, Aine McQuaid, Sean Hill and Barry Leonard were among the musicians who came to tutor young musicians from Laois and surrounding counties.
The Trad Summer School, which took place from the 15-17 of July, attracts lots of young trad musicians, who avail of the wide range of classes on offer, including uilleann pipes, harp, concertina, button accordion, bodhrán, fiddle, tin whistle and trad flute.
Speaking at the tutor concert, which took place on Saturday evening in Portlaoise Youth Education Centre on Railway Street in Portlaoise, Rosa Flannery Co-ordinator of Music Generation Laois said, ‘there is huge interest in traditional music among young people in Laois, and we want to do everything we can to support, sustain and develop this interest. Young people should be able to access music tuition in their own area, without having to travel or without the barrier of high tuition fees. We are thrilled at how successful the Summer School has become, and we look forward to doing it all over again in 2017.’
Summer Camps 2015!!
Traditional Music Summer School, Tuesday 7 July – Thursday 9 of July
3 day camp with workshops in fiddle, harp, uilleann pipes, bodrhan, concertina, flute and accordion with top-notch traditional musicians. Culminating in a student concert on Thursday.
Ages: 8+ (three years experience required). Time: 11am – 3pm
Fee €60. Venue: Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, Railway St, Portlaoise
Stampede Drumming, Wednesday 8 of July – Friday 10 of July
Junior Camp and Senior Camp in world drumming with well-known drummer Eddie O’Neill, all instruments provided – using djembes, bass drums and congas.
Age: Junior Camp – those who have little or no prior experience. Senior Camp – those who have taken part in our Stampede Drumming schools or evening classes.
Time: Junior camp 11am-12:30pm daily, Senior Camp 1pm-3pm daily.
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)
Fee: €60. Time: (Mon-Thurs 11am-3:30pm; Fri 1-3pm & 4-7pm)
Venue: Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
Booking for each Music Generation Camp: firstname.lastname@example.org or 057 866 4176 or download your Application Form Summer Camps 2015