‘Musical Memories’ is a Music Generation Laois intergenerational Song-Singing project for care-home residents and children & young people. It is an interactive, sing-a-long musical experience with songs from many different eras and genres.
‘Musical Memories’ is one of a number of projects across Ireland that was successfully funded from the Positive Ageing and Creative Wellbeing Challenge Fund as part of the Creative Ireland Programme. The Programme is delivering a suite of creativity initiatives on positive ageing and mental wellbeing for older people in the community and in care facilities.
‘Musical Memories’ project aims to :
-Support positive ageing by placing a value on the input of residents in care settings;
-Mitigate the negative impact of social cocooning by re-establishing inter-generational human connection;
-Have a shared learning experience for all while preserving songs from different eras.
MGL Singing and Early Years Music Specialist, Nuala Kelly is Lead Musician for the project. She works with MGL in various Primary Schools in County Laois and as a singer/guitarist and choir director, she has been singing in residential care settings/nursing homes for many years. Nuala says,
‘The effect of singing and live music is quite amazing and can add immensely to the quality of life of nursing home/hospital residents. I’ve seen first-hand how someone who finds it difficult to speak because of conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, can recall words to songs and sing with perfect diction.’
In a changing landscape and in times of social distancing, technology has come to the fore and is a creative new way for a project such as this to be delivered. The songs will be pre-recorded for the nursing home/hospital to use as often as they need to engage residents with the project songs.
‘I’m also very interested in intergenerational singing as so much can be learned from children and older people, and along with creating these Musical Memories via a collaborative performance, the children will be preserving songs from an older generation that too often are forgotten. We have given careful consideration to select good quality music across different genres so there’s something in the repertoire that will appeal to all musical tastes.’
Live Zoom sessions with children & young people and nursing home residents will be organised to rehearse the songs. A pre-recorded video performance of all participants singing, with the possibility of a future combined performance in real-time, pending government regulations at the time. The project also includes a small team of MGL tutors on Piano, Harp and Fiddle and runs from September to December 2020.
The selected songs and accompanying lyrics sheet can be accessed via the following links :
Musical Memories Part 1 – Tennessee Waltz, Red River Valley, Secret Love
‘Musical Memories’ is supported by Creative Ireland Laois as part of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022) and in partnership with Laois County Council. For more information on Creative Ireland Laois go to https://www.creativeireland.gov.ie/en/laois/.
Music Generation Laois Online Open Mic Night is a creative music platform for young people aged 12-18 living on the island of Ireland.
This project seeks to connect with young musicians from across Ireland, to submit a video of their original music songs/tunes/compositions/raps/electronic music. Videos will be reviewed by Music Generation Laois, and a selection of videos will then be live-streamed at the Online Open Mic Night on Saturday 13th June @ 8pm on the Creative Ireland Laois YouTube Channel, as part of Cruinniu na nÓg – a national day of creativity for young people.
What we need: a video of at least 1 minute duration and no more than 2 minutes, filmed in landscape (side-e-ways) showing you perform your musical creation. For electronic music videos you are welcome to submit visuals to accompany your music.
What kind of music creations: Perform a tune/song you composed; a rap you created; electronic music you created or even a series of sounds created by you using objects from your home …
Any genre – pop, rock, jazz, funk, soul, dance, techno, trad, folk, contemporary, world, gospel….etc
All entries will be viewed by a panel of professional musicians from Music Generation Laois. This panel of professional musicians will choose a selection of entries to be showcased at the Open Mic Night on the 13th of June 2020. We also have 2 prizes available for entries that ooze originality and musical creativity, prize-winners will be announced on the night.
National Prize: Win 1 day recording in Golden Egg Studios world-class recording facility in Co. Laois. Open to any young musician age 12-18 living on the island of Ireland.
Laois Prize: For up and coming musicians from Co. Laois! Win 1 year’s free music lessons in Music Generation Laois. Open to young musicians age 12-18 and living in Co. Laois.
Criteria: Age 12- 18 Original music (Original music only, created by the young person/young people in the video)
Quality video with good lighting and audio
You must introduce yourself at the beginning of the video – first/band name and where you are from, e.g. I’m Mary, and I’m from Portlaoise. For electronic music with visuals, we can add credits if you need help.
Filmed in landscape
Video duration is between 1 and 2 minutes
Group performances are accepted, as long as they are created following Government guidelines on social distancing (acappella app/similar recordings etc are welcome)
Parents/ family members can assist in making the video
Email your videos to Music Generation Laois, firstname.lastname@example.org For large files we recommend you send videos by wetransfer. We will send you an email to acknowledge receipt of your entry. Label your file properly with your name, and the title of your entry, e.g. Joe Bloggs Master of the Sea Include your name, DOB, home address, parent/guardian phone number in your email and the title of your piece. Deadline for entries (NOW EXTENDED!): 5pm, Friday 5 June, 2020
Some Tips for Making Videos • Film at eye level if you can. ie do not film from a height looking down • Don’t film outside unless you have a really still day. The mic will pick up wind and ruin your film. • Don’t use digital zoom, ie. don’t zoom in and out. Keep it fixed. • Don’t flip camera upside down when filming. • Use natural lighting indoors if filming, ie. let the light from the window flood your face. • Use bedside lamps etc to help light the face • Don’t use filters on the video – leave it natural. • Leave 10 secs of silence at start and end of video clip. ie don’t press record and start talking straightaway. Leave time at the start and end. Further Details on the prizes
– 1 Day recording in Golden Egg Studio, Co. Laois, with access to top-notch recording equipment and a sound engineer.
– 1 year free lessons in a Music Generation Laois group music class in Laois Music Centre (or online depending on closures), instruments will be provided for the year (September 2020-May 2021), standard refundable security deposit payable on instrument hire, consistent attendance required upon sign-up as per the terms and conditions of MGL student enrolment.
Cruinniu na nÓg is a national day of free creativity for children and young people across Ireland. It is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme (2018-2022) in partnership with Laois County Council and RTÉ. More information at: creativeireland.gov.ie facebook.com/creativelaois
Friday 1 November 12noon-2pm: Registration, Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre (Portlaoise FETC), Tower Hill, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
2-4pm Instrumental workshops , Portlaoise FETC
8pm: Tionól 2019 Opening Gala Concert Featuring the world premiere of new music by Maeve Gilchrist performed by the Music Generation Laois Harp Orchestra.
Michael Rooney and the
Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble
Jarlath Henderson (pipes)
Martin Tourish and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra
Tlen Huicani – ‘The best folk group of Mexico’, a 5-piece band fronted by Harper Alberto de la Rosa play the music of Veracruz, a region from the gulf of Mexico. Harp is accompanied by small guitars called Jaranas and voices, Tlen Huicani perform happy and festive songs.
New music by Maeve Gilchrist is supported by the Creative Ireland Laois fund.
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Tionól Students Free of Charge • General Public €5 Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre 057 8663355 or Dunamaise.ie
Saturday 2 November
10am-11:30am Instrumental workshops/ masterclass with Tlen Huicani (Mexico), Portlaoise FETC
12noon-1pm Instrumental Workshops/ masterclass with Tlen Huicani, Portlaoise FETC
2pm-4pm Instrumental Workshops /Reed Making Workshop/ masterclass with Tlen Huicani, Portlaoise FETC
7pm: Tionól concert featuring young Harpers and Pipers from Music Generation programmes across Ireland, a youth group of harpers from Colombia and Tionól Tutors including Leonard Barry (pipes), William Jackson (harp), Grainne Hambly (harp), Anne-Marie O’Farrell (harp), Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla (harp), Jill Devlin (harp), Lauren O’Neill (harp), Rachel Duffy (harp), Siobhan Buckley (harp), Paul Harrigan (pipes), Tim Doyle (pipes), Mark Redmond (pipes), Peter Browne (pipes), James Mahon (pipes), Kathleen Loughnane (harp) and Maeve Gilchrist (harp)
Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tionól Students Free of Charge • General Public €5 – Tickets for sale on the door
2pm Closing Student Concert – Tionól 2019, programme of music made up of repertoire covered throughout Tionol, Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre (Admission free of charge, donations welcome)
7pm: Tionól Closing Party featuring Tlen Huicani (Mexico), Andy Bergins Main St, Portlaoise – Free AdmissionT
WORKSHOP STANDARDS: A range of classes are available from recent beginners to advanced. You must have your own instrument to participate. A limited number of harps are available for Music Generation Laois students.
SUPERVISION: Under 18s will be supervised
during break times unless alternative arrangements made by parents. Open to
ages 7 and upwards. LUNCH IS PROVIDED
Workshops venue: Portlaoise FETC (Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise, Co. Laois)
Music Generation Laois Tionól 2019 is a
national gathering for harps and pipes 2019 funded by the Music Generation
Creativity and Collaboration Fund and the Trench Trust.
A two day concert series, presented by Music Generation Laois, in The Malt House, Stradbally, Co.Laois featuring professional traditional musicians, and collaborations between professional musicians and Music Generation Laois students. Professional musicians include: Michael Rooney, Chris Stout and Catriona McKay, Zoe Conway and John McIntyre, Ernestine Healy, Tommy Fitzharris and Donal McCague. Music Generation Laois participants include our Trad Orchestra, Senior Harp Ensemble, Junior Trad Group and an exciting body percussion/trad fusion event.
Friday 3 May, 8pm
Zoe Conway and John McIntyre – Michael Rooney – Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble Ensemble – Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra – Music Generation Laois Senior Trad Group
Saturday 4 May, 7pm
Chris Stout and Catriona McKay – Tommy Fitzharris and Donal McCague (album launch!)– Ernestine Healy with the Music Generation Laois Junior Trad Group – Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble – Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra –– Body Percussion/Trad Fusion.
Admission, €5 per concert
Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre HERE, or call 057 866335