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110+ young musicians from Music Generation partners in 8 counties to perform at Fleadh Ennis

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On Thursday, 17 August more than 110 young traditional Irish musicians from 8 different counties will perform live as part of a special Music Generation session on the Gig Rig at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017.

This will be the second year that Music Generation has hosted its own slot on the Gig Rig in Ennis, following the inaugural session hosted by Music Generation Sligo in 2015. Take a look back on the action from last year’s gathering in this excellent video captured by Music Generation Clare:

The 2017 Fleadh will be the largest yet, with a record number of gigs taking place across a huge range of venues, in addition to on-street performances taking place throughout Ennis town. The Gig Rig in the Abbey Street Car Park will provide the heartbeat of the festival – a place where visitors, audiences and musicians can enjoy some of the very best music-making free of charge on an outdoor stage.

Hosted by Music Generation Clare, Music Generation’s Gig Rig line up will include young musicians from two Carlow groups (Reelig and Reelóg); participants in Music Generation Cork City’s Creative Tradition programme, who have been rehearsing at weekly ‘Tunes for Teens’ workshops for several months; The Donegal Highlanders from Donegal Music Education Partnership; the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra; Rolling Waves from Music Generation Mayo; Ceoltóirí Ógra Coleman from Music Generation Sligo; and young trad players from Music Generation Wicklow.

The session, which takes place from 3pm to 6pm, will also feature special guest performances from members of Grupaí Cheoil Clare who enjoyed recent success at Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan 2017.

Each accomplished young trad group has been working hard throughout the summer in preparation for this much-anticipated performance opportunity. Under the direction of their inspiring musician-mentors they will showcase their skills before an audience of hundreds of lively Fleadh-goers, their families and friends. They will also have an opportunity to immerse themselves in this extraordinary festival of music-making, and to share and develop their skills with peers and professional musicians from different Music Generation partnership programmes.

The full Gig Rig schedule for the week can now be viewed online. Keep up to date with Music Generation’s activities at the Fleadh on the Music Generation Clare Facebook page, or find full details about Fleadh Ennis online at

The Music Generation session on the Gig Rig is funded as a Music Generation National Partnership Project.

For more information about Music Generation Clare programmes and events contact:

Jean Wallace, Music Development Officer, Music Generation Clare
Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board, Station Road, Ennis, County Clare

t: +353 87 9843403