• Traditional Music Programme

    Traditional Music Programme

    Lessons available in uilleann pipes, harp, concertina, tin whistle and traditional flute

    Read more

  • Orchestral Programme

    Orchestral Programme

    Become part of the orchestra through our strings, brass, oboe, double bass and orchestral percussion lessons

    Read more

  • School of Rock and Pop

    School of Rock and Pop

    Perform as part of our Rock and Pop Jam Sessions
    Meet other musicians and create new bands

    Read more

  • Singing Programme

    Singing Programme

    Everyone loves to Sing – join the choral revolution!

    Read more

  • The Music Box

    The Music Box

    An innovative music programme for children with specials needs

    Read more

  • Stampede Drumming

    Stampede Drumming

    Djembes, African Bass Drums, Shakers, Bells! Drum with drummer Eddie O’Neill

    Read more

  • Home

Trad Orchestra Auditions

Applications are now open for high-standard, dedicated trad musicians to join the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra .

The positions open for audition are:

  • Button accordion
  • Concertina
  • Whistle
  • Trad Flute
  • Mandolin
  • Banjo
  • Flute
  • Fiddle
  • Piano
  • Harp
  • Uilleann Pipes
  • Double bass

Standard: This opportunity is for advanced traditional musicians with 4 years experience and upwards

Age: Open to all ages

Weekly rehearsal: Successful applicants must be available for weekly rehearsal on Saturdays from 10am-11:30am. Attendance is strictly monitored, if members miss more than 3 rehearsals throughout the academic year, their membership will be relinquished.

Fee: Annual orchestra membership fee €100.

How to apply: Spaces are allocated on an audition basis – send an email to musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie with your name, date of birth, instrument(s), standard (how many years you have been playing, any significant performances or achievements in this time), Parent/Guardian contact telephone number (for those under 18) and home address. Note, as this is an advanced ensemble, expression of interest emails are to come from applicants, applications made by parents/guardians on behalf of musicians will not be accepted.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm, Monday 19 November

Auditions: Successful applicants will audition on Tuesday 27 November

The Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra was established in January 2016 under the directorship of Paul Finn and Siobhan Buckley. In May 2016, the orchestra collaborated with Donegal Accordionist Martin Tourish to create a new 30 minute suite of music ‘1916 Visions and Voices’ funded by the Laois 2016 Community Fund, Per Cent for Art through Laois County Council and the Music Generation Arts Council Partnership.  The music was premiered on the 22 of May 2016, as part of the Music Generation Laois New Works Series, to unprecedented public response! The work has since been performed in Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Ennis 2016, for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin Castle and in Powerscourt for the Ireland Funds Worldwide Conference attended by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Prince Albert of Monaco and has also been recorded an launched as a CD. In 2018, the Trad Orchestra premiered a new work ‘Loinnir Laoise,’ commissioned by Music Generation Laois and composed by Ryan Molloy as part of Music at the Malt House 2018. This suite of music was performed for a second time on the gig rig at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2018 in Drogheda.

Please note: This is a highly professional ensemble, repeated absenteeism is not acceptable nor is poor timekeeping.  Frequently additional rehearsals and performances are added and these are mandatory.  Musicians must come prepared to rehearsals. Poor conduct and irresponsible behaviour is not permitted.

MGL Junior Trad Group Auditions

We are currently auditioning for our Junior Trad Group.

The Junior Trad Group rehearses weekly on Thursdays from 6pm-7:30pm in Laois Music Centre (formerly Scoil Mhuire), on Church Avenue, Portlaoise.

€100 annual membership fee.

Entry is by audition only. Please email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie with your expression of interest by 5pm, Monday 19 November. Auditions will be held on Wednesday 21 November. 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.

Tionól 2018

Our annual Tionól for Harps and Pipes takes place from the 2-4 November

Workshop Tutors:



Friday 2 November

Tionól 2018 Opening Gala Concert

Opening Gala Concert Featuring performances by Tionól Tutors, Chris Stout and Catriona McKay and Venezualan band Compasses

Portlaoise Further Education & Training Centre

Tionól Students Free of Charge • General Public €5  – Tickets for sale on the door

Saturday 3 November

Concert featuring young harpers and pipers from across Ireland to mark International Uilleann Pipe Day

Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, 7pm

Tionól Students Free of Charge  – General public €5

Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre 057 8663355 or Dunamaise.ie

Sunday 4 November

Closing Student Concert: Tionól 2018– featuring students from the Tionól

Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise, 2pm

Admission free of charge, on a first come-first serve basis on the door

Tionól Closing Party featuring Compasses

Andy Bergins, Main St, Portlaoise, 7pm, Free Admission

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/guardians. Open to ages 7 and upwards. LUNCH IS PROVIDED

FEE: €70

To book workshops contact: musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or call 057 8664176

Music Generation Laois Tionól 2018 is a national gathering for harps and pipes funded by the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership, the Trench Trust and local partners.

Music Generation Laois Saturday Jam – Open for Auditions

Music Generation Laois Saturday Jam is now open for auditions for the following instruments:


  • vocals
  • guitar
  • trombone
  • saxophone
  • flute

Music Generation Laois hosts a weekly Saturday jam with Musician Paul McIntyre:

– Young person-led with a focus on popular music and jazz

– High-standard of musicianship required

– High-standard of preparation required in between weekly rehearsals

– Weekly rehearsals take place on Saturdays from 2pm-3pm, approx 25 rehearsals per academic year

– Entry by audition only

– Fee: free to current students of Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music, external musicians pay an annual membership fee of €100

– All ages welcome, membership based on standard rather than age

If you would like to be considered for an audition, please send an email with an expression of interest to musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie no later than Wednesday 26 September. Include your name, DOB, home address, parent email address and mobile number (if under 18), and instrument/s of competency. Supply some background information of your musical journey to-date, and why you think you would be a suitable candidate for the weekly jam.

Auditions will take place on Saturday 29 of September @ 2pm. If you are offered an audition, you will be requested to perform 2 pieces of music on your chosen instrument, or if a multi-instrumentalist, one piece of music on each.

Please note –  interested applicants can apply using parent/guardian email addresses or their own email addresses, however, applications must clearly be written by young musicians not parent/guardians.