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Music Generation Laois Traditional Grúpa Ceoil to Perform at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil

Music Generation Laois are delighted and excited to be bringing their Traditional Grúpa Ceoil to Sligo for a performance on stage at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil on Tuesday 11th August at 5pm.

After a very successful trip to Music @ Mt. Leinster in Borris, Co Carlow in April and a jam packed Music Generation Laois Traditional Summer School in July, the Music Generation Laois Grúpa Ceoil are ready to take to the stage at the All-Ireland Fleadh taking place in Sligo from 9th-16th August. The group will be performing on the Music Generation Sligo stage in a concert that also will feature young musicians from Sligo, Mayo and Donegal.

The young Laois musicians taking part are Sarah Bennett (Bodhrán), Jessica Bennett (Flute), Molly Donnery (Harp), Isobel Donnery (Bodhrán), Grace Donnery (Flute), Kate MacDonald (Fiddle), Alain Carroll (Uilleann Pipes), Fiadh Fitzpatrick (Uilleann Pipes), Kurt Dineen-Carroll (Uilleann Pipes), David Vesey (Flute), Caoimhe Lowry (Concertina) and Ciara Faherty (Guitar). The group is being led by Donegal fiddler, Denise Boyle.

Music Generation Laois Grúpa Ceoil will be performing on Tuesday 11th August at 5pm on the Music Generation Sligo stage.

For further information on Music Generation Laois and their programmes, see musicgenerationlaois.ie or telephone 057-8664176.

3rd Birthday Gala Concert Pictures

Music Generation Laois staged two fantastic concerts on Sunday the 7 of June in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise to celebrate 3 years of the pioneering performance music education programme in the County. These concerts featured the newly formed Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble, and Stampede Drumming Groups, young musicians and singers from the School of Rock and Pop, and an amazing choir made up of singers from Errill NS, Killadooley NS, Killenard NS, Rath NS, Gael Scoil an tSlí Dala in Ballaghmore and Presentation Primary School Portarlington.

Music Generation Laois was recently awarded national Music Generation funding from the Department of Education and Skills for 2015-2020. Through local funding from Laois County Council, Laois Offaly ETB and Laois Partnership Company, along with fundraising and tuition fees, the music programme will continue to provide over 1500 children in Laois with music tuition in the next 5 years, as well as expanding and developing into new areas of the County.

Speaking at the concert, Co-ordinator of Music Generation Laois, Rosa Flannery commented, ‘We have had an amazing three years, establishing and growing the Music Generation Laois programme, the fruits of this work is evident at today’s concerts, as the children and young people have all performed to such a high standard, with great musical skill and feeling – as well as clearly enjoying themselves on stage. The work of their tutors, staff in participating schools, and the support of their parents are all key factors in the success of these concerts. For 2015-2020, we want to continue this success story, and in particular I appeal to schools and families not currently involved in our programme to make contact with us, and find out how they can get involved.




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Summer Camps 2015

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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: musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or 057 866 4176 or download your Application Form Summer Camps 2015


Easter Songwriting Workshops

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!