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‘Irish Songs We Learned at School’ project culminates in a finale concert this month

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Music Generation Laois, through the Laois 2016 Centenary fund, have initiated an ‘Irish Songs We Learned at School’ project with the legendary Irish Singer-Songwriter John Spillane.

National Schools across Laois participating in the Music Generation Laois Singing Programme have been receiving monthly visits from John Spillane, a well-known musician from Cork. The young people hvae been learning many of the ‘Irish Songs We Learned at School’ that John Spillane recorded on the album of the same name in 2008.

In addition, some of the songs associated with the 1916 Rising, including ‘Grace’ and the ‘Foggy Dew’, will be included in the songs covered in this schools project.

The project commenced in September and will culminate later this month in a finale concert where John Spillane and Music Generation Laois Singing Tutor Lorna McLaughlin will perform with a live band alongside all participating schools in the project – St Colmcille’s NS, Errill; Barnashrone NS; Rath NS, Ballybrittas; The Paddock NS; The Rock NS; Gael Scoil an TSlí Dála and Ballaghmore Trumera NS.

The concert will take place at The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, on 24 November at 11am. Tickets priced €2 will be available to purchase at the door.

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

Rosa Flannery, Coordinator
t: 057 8664078