Projects + Latest News

Tionól Harp + Pipes 2023

Harp and uilleann pipes workshops and concerts with musicians from Music Generation programmes throughout Ireland and special guests.

November 3-5

Music Generation Laois @ Old Fort Quarter Festival

Music Generation Laois returns to the Old Fort Quarter Festival 2023 on Sunday 25 June with bands from Music Generation programmes in Offaly, Roscommon, Limerick, south Dublin, Waterford and Sligo, as well as home-grown Laois bands!


Summer Programmes 2023

Music Generation Laois Summer programmes include a Trad Summer School and a Summer School of Rock and Pop in late June/ July 2023.

These music programmes offer young musicians the opportunity to further develop their music skills, take part in concerts, and make new friends!

Laois Le Chéile – Laois Together, Cruinniú na nÓg 2023 Laois Music Centre, Portlaoise 1pm-4pm, Saturday 10 June 2023

FREE EVENTS for families including music, circus and art and crafts workshops and live performances will take place in Laois Music Centre to mark Cruinniú na nÓg 2023,

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.

Music At the Malthouse


Music Generation Laois present, a weekend of concerts in Stradbally’s Malthouse venue.

Community Concert Friday 31 March

We are delighted to announce details of our community concert in St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise on Friday 31 March at 5pm, free admission. This special concert will feature our new Ukrainian Community Choir. This concert will also showcase many of the wonderful groups we work with across the community.

Weeklong TY Music Course

Booking is now open for our inaugural week-long music course for Transition Year Students. 

Music Generation Laois, Laois Offaly Education and Training Board Further Education and Training Centre, and Laois Offaly Education and Training Board Creative Youth Partnership presents, a week-long music course for Transition Year Students, from the 27– 31 March 2023 in Laois Music Centre.

Music Generation Laois Launch New Children’s’ Song Project

Over the next 12 months, Music Generation Laois will work with primary school children from Cloneyhurke NS, Rath NS and Paddock NS to compose a series of original songs under an exciting new project supported by Creative Ireland Laois, Laois County Council, and the Art Council’s Young People, Commissions and Education Award.

Tionól Harp + Pipes 2022

Portlaoise Nov. 4|5|6

Laois School of Music 21st Birthday Celebrations 2022

Youth Music Gathering, Sunday 26 June 2022

Music Generation Laois, in partnership with The Old Fort Quarter Festival, presents a youth gathering for rock and pop bands from Music Generation programmes throughout Ireland as part of The Old Fort Quarter Festival 2022 on the grounds of Laois Music Centre on Sunday 26 June from 1.30pm – 4.30pm.


Laois + Franklin, Tennessee Music Celebration, Town Twinning 2022 18 and 19 June

Laois Le Chéile – Laois Together

‘Laois Le Chéile – Laois Together’ is an inaugural community arts festival on Saturday 11 June 2022 from 1pm-4pm on the grounds of Laois Music Centre, Portlaoise and invites all Laois communities, new and existing to acknowledge our diversity through creativity and culture.



re:CENTRING Laois comes to Fitzmaurice Place, Portlaoise on Sunday 29 May

Celebrating the return of audiences to the arts, Dunamaise Arts Centre is proud to present the finale of re:CENTRING Laois, funded by the Arts Council’s Faoin Spéir/In the Open initiative in collaboration with Music Generation Laois and Laois County Council, on Sunday 29 May from 1pm-5pm.

Trad Summer School 2022

30 June, 1 July, 2 July
Age 8 upwards. Annual Trad Summer School in Flute, Concertina, Harp, Uilleann Pipes, Bodhrán and Harp.


Summer School of Rock and Pop

27 June – 8 July 2022
Age 10-18. Develop confidence and make friends in this unique Summer programme for young rock and pop musicians

Music at the Malt House 2022

Two days of music in the beautifully converted Malt House on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 May


Laois Festival of Flight presents:

‘The Impossible Dream’, Saturday 9 April, 3pm St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

FREE CONCERT 3pm, Sunday 20 February, Mountmellick Community Arts Centre

re: CENTRING Mountmellick: Martin Tourish, Triona Marshall, MG Laois Trad Orchestra, The Harpettes

Free Live Music
Across Laois

Tionól 29-31 Oct., 2021

Annual Harp and Pipes Gathering

Online Open Mic Night

Online Open Mic Night for all Laois Secondary Schools – Oct 2021

Trad Summer School 1-3 July, 2021

Annual Trad Summer School, Laois Music Centre

Cruinniú na nÓg 2021

Music Generation Laois presents a series of body percussion workshops on 10, 11, 12 June for Cruinniú na nÓg 2021

Summer School of Rock and Pop 5-16 July 2021

Music Generation Laois’ annual Summer School of Rock and Pop takes place across 2 weeks in Laois Music Centre

Music-Rich Schools 2021

Our Music-rich Schools project targets DEIS Schools in Laois to ensure every child in these schools has access to performance music education.

Musical Memories 2021

Musical Memories and Ukulele Ceilí are intergenerational music projects in Music Generation Laois and Music Generation Offaly Westmeath.

Impossible Dream

Music Generation Laois have produced a short video to document ‘The Impossible Dream’ project.