Posts Tagged ‘Music Camps’

Easter Stampede Drumming Workshop


This Easter saw the beginning of the Laois County Stampede Drumming Group led by Eddie O’Neill.

Forty drumming students from a number of primary schools in County Laois came together to perform as a large-scale drumming ensemble. All the students participating come from schools who participate in the Stampede Drumming programme.

The students, led by our Stampede Drumming tutor Eddie O’Neill, were introduced to new drums, new rhythms, patterns and techniques in an intense two-days of learning. We look forward to seeing their progress over the next few years as this ensemble develops.

Music Generation Laois Grúpa Ceoil at Music @ Mount Leinster

Music Generation Laois Grúpa Ceoil at Music @ Mount Leinster


A group of young musicians from Music Generation Laois attended a weekend of traditional music in Borris, Co Carlow, organised by Music Generation Carlow.

The Mount Leinster Traditional Music Camp ran from March 27 to March 29. The Laois group had the opportunity to work with some of the top traditional musicians in the country, including fiddle player Zoe Conway, concertina player Jack Talty and traditional flautist Conor Crimmins.

As part of the event, on Saturday March 28 there was an intimate evening of music in the Sacred Heart Church. The evening of traditional Irish music featured acclaimed musicians such as Zoe Conway and John McIntyre (fiddle and guitar), Damien Mullane (button accordion), Jack Talty, Aimee Farrell Countney (bodhrán), Conor Crimmins, and Dave Power (uilleann pipes).

The young Laois musicians who attended were Jessica and Sarah Bennett, Alain Carroll, Kurt Dineen-Carroll, Fiadh Fitzpatrick, Isobel and Grace Donnery and Kate McDonald.

See a video of their end of camp performance here:

We’re now gearing up to host a three-day traditional music summer school from July 7 to July 9 in Portlaoise. For more information on this, contact us on 057 8664176, or email for further details.

Music Generation Laois/Laois School of Music 2nd Annual Festival

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The Music Generation Laois/Laois School of Music 2nd Annual Festival was held on 8 March at the Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, Railway Street, Portlaoise.

Over 110 performers took to the stage on an array of instruments including harp, uilleann pipes, piano, euphonium, saxophone, singer-songwriters, flute, violin and cello. The performers crossed all ages, children and adults, and the festival featured a multitude of styles and genres including classical, traditional, folk, singer-songwriter and jazz.

It was great to see such a good turnout on a sunny Sunday afternoon with friends, parents, grandparents and everyone else popping in to see the performances.
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In the final session, the gathering audience was treated to a performance by the Laois School of Music Youth Orchestra who were travelling to Scotland for St. Patrick’s Weekend for a weekend of performing with Scottish Musicians. The orchestra is conducted by well-known fiddle player, John Davidson.

The festival was non-competitive, however, Music Adviser, Martin Barrett from County Cork School of Music, was on hand to give feedback and words of advice to each performer and to award medals.

A great day was had by all and we look forward already to next year’s festival!

Irish TV were there on the day to film some of the performances. To see a click here and go 17.30!

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Participants of Music Generations Laois' Summer School Of Rock a
School of Rock & Pop

24-28 June, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

Develop confidence and technique in this weeklong camp open to Singers and Musicians age 12 -18 culminating with a concert on the Theatre Stage on Friday 28 June. A Team of 3 Tutors from the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop will work with musicians and singers – all instruments welcome!

Times: Mon – Thurs, 11am-1pm, 1:30pm-3:30pm daily, Friday 1pm-3pm and 4pm – 7pm

Fee €60

Age: 12-18 yr olds


8-12 July, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

Junior Camp (Age 7-11) and Senior Camp (Age 12-16) in World Drumming, all instruments provided, no experience necessary – using Djembes. Bass Drums, Congas and Bells.

Times: Junior Camp 11am-12:30pm daily, Senior Camp 1pm-3pm daily

Fee €30

Age: Junior Camp 7-11yr olds and Senior Camp 12-16 yr olds


Lets Make Music!

15-19 July, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

A week of music-making with Tutors from the renowned Newpark College of Music in Dublin – This camp caters for musicians and singers of all ages and musical backgrounds. Participants will learn new musical styles, from Jazz and Indian rhythms to Improvisation, and put together a show to be performed on the Theatre Stage on Friday the 19 of July. Try something new and fun!

Times: Mon – Thurs, 11am-1pm, 1:30pm-3:30pm daily, Friday 1pm-3pm and 4pm – 7pm

Fee €60

Age: All Ages

 Participants of Music Generations Laois' Summer School Of Rock a

To Apply, print off and complete the form: Summer Camps 2013 Application Form