In July 2015, Irish Singer-Songwriter Duke Special visited Portlaoise and spent 2 inspirational days with young musicians from the Music Generation Laois Summer School of Rock and Pop, developing songwriting skills. Young musicians spent 8 intensive days, writing and recording 3 new songs, enhanced by the input of 4 Music Generation Laois Tutors, Adela Meally, Ros O Meara, Dale Hennessy and Andreas Balke. This project was funded by the Arts Council/Music Generation Partnership.
Duke Special will return to Music Generation Laois on 6 December to Kavanaghs Live Music Venue, Main Street, Portlaoise to launch our School of Rock & Pop EP! Young musicians will perform 3 original songs that were written during the School of Rock & Pop Summer Camp and recorded in Golden Egg Studios, Portlaoise. On the night, Duke Special will also perform some of his original music.
Admission is by invitation only but the EP will be available to purchase through the Music Generation Laois Office on 057-8664176 or email@example.com.
Oboe tuition is an exciting initiative that is part of a new pilot programme through the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Laois School of Music and Music Generation Laois. A specialist tutor will travel to Portlaoise to provide oboe tuition, and the approach will include both one-to-one music lessons along with the introduction of periodical Skype lesson. Lessons will be subsidised and an oboe will be provided. The aim of these lessons is to develop oboe players in County Laois, and further develop the woodwind section of the Laois School of Music Youth Orchestra.
A new branch to the Music Generation Laois tree introduces Traditional Flute, Tin Whistle and Concertina as the latest instruments in our Irish Traditional Music programme which already includes Uilleann Pipes and Harp. The classes will be taught by the talented Musician Áine McQuaid.
Pop, Rock, Classicial, Traditional or African Drumming? Music Generation Laois are delighted to announce that bookings are still open for our evening music lessons in Portlaoise for 2015-2016. Our experienced tutors will work with students to unleash their creative side through classes, workshops, performances and masterclasses.
For more information, please contact the Music Generation Laois Office on 057-8664176 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Generation Laois & Laois School of Music Open Evening
Come along, meet our tutors and try all instruments on offer!!
Wednesday 2nd September, 6pm – 8pm
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: email@example.com or 057 866 4176 or download your Application Form Summer Camps 2015
The music school was filled with music this Easter with our Songwriting Workshops with local musicians Adela Meally and James O’Connor.
Over the course of a two-day workshop, budding songwriters were encouraged to unleash their musical creations under the guidance of songsters James O’Connor and Adela Meally.
The groups, ranging from ages 10 – 17 years comprised of vocalists, poets, and a variety of instrumentalists. They were taken through the steps and techniques of writing their own music and also analysed some of today’s top hits to see what made them hits!
Groups were formed and their songs started to take shape with their final performances happening at the end of the second day. We were delighted to see how far the groups came in such a short time and hope that they will continue with their composing!