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A ‘Tionól’ for Harps and Pipes brings 80 young musicians together in Laois

A three-day national event hosted by Music Generation Laois will see 80 young pipers and harpists from 5 areas of Ireland come together with professional Irish and international musicians to develop their skills, learn new songs, exchange ideas, rehearse, perform and have fun!

Tionól is a brand new Music Generation National Partnership Project open to young people ages 7 – 18, of all levels, from recent beginners to advanced, taking place from 4 – 6 November 2016.

Young harp and pipes players from Louth, Sligo, Carlow, Donegal and Laois will gather to immerse themselves in a weekend of workshops, performances, concerts, sessiúns and céilís. Throughout the day and into the evening they will rehearse and perform in their county groups, as well as having a chance to work with players from different parts of Ireland.

The young people will be mentored by 13 remarkable musicians, including guest musicians from overseas – harpists Siobhán Buckley, Ramune Sakalauskaite, Jolene McLaughlin, Catriona McKay and Cormac De Barra, and pipers Leonard Barry, Timothy Doyle, Fionnan MacGabhann, Gay McKeon, Conor Day and David Power.

The weekend will also incorporate three exciting concert performances –

Harp and Pipe Concert Friday 4 November, 8pm
Dunamaise Arts Centre
This special event will feature performances by the 13 musician tutors involved in the weekend. Special guest, accordionist and composer Martin Tourish, will also join the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra to perform 1916: Visions and Voices.

Booking: Admission is free, but booking is required. See or phone call +353 57 866 3355.

Student Concert: Saturday 5 November, 8pm
Portlaoise Youth Education Centre
Featuring performances by Tionól participants as well as a special performance of Rising of the Harps by the Music Generation Laois Harp Ensembles will together with Catriona McKay (Scotland).

Closing Concert: Sunday 6 November, 2pm
Portlaoise Youth Education Centre
All Tionól participants will gather together to perform a programme of music covered throughout the weekend.

Booking: Admission is free. Donations welcome.

As part of this celebratory weekend there will be an exhibition of Salvi Harps in Portlaoise Youth Education Centre at 1pm on Sunday 6 November.

Tionól is a Music Generation National Partnership Project.

For further information about this and other programmes at Music Generation Laois contact:

Rosa Flannery
t: 057 8664078