Bicycles, Boomerangs and Blue Macaws, The Malthouse, Stradbally, Co. Laois 1pm, Thursday 1 June, 2023

Premiere of 6 new songs composed by Lorna McLaughlin, Sarah Murphy and children from Cloneyhurke, Paddock and Rath National Schools.

On Thursday 1st of June, a new suite of songs ‘Bicycles, Boomerangs and Blue Macaws’ will be premiered in The Malthouse, Stradbally, Co. Laois, performed by young composers from Cloneyhurke, Paddock and Rath NS, directed by Sarah Murphy, Lorna McLaughlin and Music Generation Laois Lead Musician, Nuala Kelly, and supported by the Music Generation Laois House Band.

‘Bicycles, Boomerangs and Blue Macaws’ is a suite of six original songs inspired by ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.’ Composers Sarah Murphy and Lorna McLaughlin were commissioned by Music Generation Laois, with funding from Creative Ireland Laois and The Arts Council, to facilitate a collaborative songwriting process with one hundred primary school children aged 7-12, in five classes across three schools: Cloneyhurke NS; Paddock NS, and Rath NS.

Songwriting took place between November 2022 and March 2023, with children exploring various articles from the convention alongside their rights and responsibilities as global citizens, with the children brainstorming themes they wanted to explore. The new suite of songs emerged organically from this process, with every child contributing ideas, words, sentences, musical lines, and working with Sarah and Lorna to shape the ideas, and make decisions together.

Click here to access the ‘Bicycles, Boomerangs and Blue Macaws’ Concert programme containing all the song lyrics from this project.