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John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in Portlaoise

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John Lennon Educational Tour Bus completed a circuit around Ireland stopping off at Music Generation programmes across the country organised by the Music Generation National Development Office.

This state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production tour bus offers young people the opportunity to write and record a song and make an accompanying music video all within an intense, action packed 8-hour workshop. The Bus, which was made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon, is dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops.

Laois were extremely lucky to have the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in situ for two days and both junior and senior members of the School of Rock & Pop attended. Two fantastic songs were written.

Here are the two songs:

‘Rain rain, go away…’ Written and recorded by our Junior group on the first day


‘Jibber Jabber’ – Written and recorded by our Senior group on Day 2


There was a great reaction to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus from around the country and some brilliant songs were produced. Here’s a snapshot of some of the 2015 Ireland Tour:


This is the second time that the bus has visited Laois. Have a look at the link below to listen to ‘A Chance to Begin’, recorded by Music Generation Laois’s Angelic Explosions in  2013:


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


Culture Night 2013 – Friday 20 September

Culture NightSchool of Rock and Pop Roadshow, 3-5pm Laois Shopping Centre, Portlaoise, Friday 20 September 2013

Music Generation Laois will bring their School of Rock and Pop Roadshow to Laois Shopping Centre for Culture Night 2013 from 3pm-5pm. Children and young people will have the opportunity to try out bass, acoustic and electric guitar, drums and keyboard. The School of Rock and Pop Tutors will be on-hand to give advice on the wonderful programme planned for Rock and Pop in Laois. On Saturday 21 September, The School of Rock and Pop will be launched in the Portlaoise Youth Café, with affordable group lessons, band time and performance opportunities.

 Music Generation Laois Grupa Cheoil performance as part of James Fintan Lalor Inaugural School 2013, 7pm Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Friday 20 September 2013

Music Generation Laois Grupa Cheoil will perform in the Dunamaise Theatre on Friday 20 September, as part of the launch of The James Fintan Lalor Inagural School 2013 marking Culture Night 2013 in Laois. A new Play by Mike Finn ‘From the Sod to the Sky’ starring Paul Meade and Myles Dungan will be premiered as part of this event, based on the writings of James Fintan Lalor a Significant Laois-born writer, and political activist.