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BEOGA to perform live in concert as part of the annual Music Generation Laois Trad Summer School

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Traditional Irish music band BEOGA – which shot to fame since collaborating with Ed Sheeran on his latest album ÷ (Divide) and on the number one track ‘Galway Girl’ – will perform in concert on Saturday 22 July as part of the Music Generation Laois Trad Summer School 2017. The gig will mark the mid-point of the summer school and will give participants and the public an opportunity to witness these internationally-acclaimed musicians live in the intimate surroundings of Kavanagh’s Live Music Venue, Main Street, Portlaoise.

Hailing from Antrim, BEOGA formed in 2002 after ‘jamming’ in a ferocious session at the All-Ireland Fleadh. Since that time they have captivated global audiences, earning rave reviews for their five studio albums and for their live performances worldwide. The band received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary World Music Album in 2010, has been featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, and has played countless major festivals and events including alongside the BBC Orchestra as part of the prestigious ‘Last night of the Proms’.

The group have partnered with Music Generation previously when they facilitated a workshop for 100+ young trad musicians from six areas of Ireland at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Ennis, in August 2016. Look back on some of their work with the young musicians:

Now, Music Generation Laois will present the band as part of a series of exciting concerts taking place nightly throughout the Trad Summer School (21 – 23 July 2017). Book-ending BEOGA’s performance, an Opening Gala Concert on Friday 21 July will feature tutors from the Summer School and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, and on Sunday afternoon, 23 July a Grand Finale Student and Tutor Concert will round off the weekend.

Speaking of this exciting concert as part of the Summer Camp, Music Generation Laois Coordinator Rosa Flannery said: ‘We are so excited to be able to present BEOGA in concert as part of our summer programme this year. We’re especially delighted to be able to give our young trad musicians an opportunity to see these brilliant performers at work. Our trad programme at Music Generation Laois has been growing from strength to strength since it was established in 2012. This is a testament to the dedication of our superb musician team, who lead the tuition throughout the year, as well as to unique opportunities such as this Trad Summer Camp where young people can really immerse themselves in their playing and interact with professionals at the top of their game.’

Tickets to see BEOGA on Saturday 22 July are on sale now from €15, and can be booked online at or in person through Kavanagh’s Live Music Venue.

Registration for the Music Generation Laois Trad Summer School is open now for young musicians ages 8+ who have some experience playing their instrument. Further information is available online at

For further information about this and other events at Music Generatoin Laois, contact:

Music Generation Laois, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, County Laois
t: +353 57 8664176