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Music Generation December 2022

Children and young people across the Music Generation network are gearing up for a month of fun-filled, festive performances and workshops.

From the ‘Jingle Bell Rockout’ with Music Generation Kilkenny, to the Newcastle West Christmas busk with Music Generation Limerick County or seasonal school concerts at Temperance Hall with Music Generation Longford – we've got it all! We are truly proud of all the young musicians stepping on stage to perform for their local communities. A virtual bualadh bos to you all from Music Generation.

Start marking your calendars! We have an epic list of December events and performances listed below for you. Don't miss Music Generation Kilkenny's ‘SING OUT’ event - a fun and accessible concert for the whole family to enjoy. 200 children from local primary schools in Kilkenny will come together in St. Canice’s Cathedral for a festive concert of seasonal songs. Get your tickets here.

Music Generation Roscommon’s Senior Youth Voices will perform at Roscommon Arts Centre as part of the Sunday Sounds concert series. Folk/Trad band Western Roots will also feature at this event. Get your tickets here.

What's Happening at Music Generation in December 2022

Date Event Music Generation Area
4th December 'Sunday Sounds' Concert featuring Senior Youth Voices and Western Roots. Roscommon
4th December Christmas choir performance with West Limerick Resources in Rathkeale. Limerick County
5th –7th December Schools Christmas Concerts & Workshops at Temperance Hall. Longford
8th December Musical Neighbourhoods, Holyhill Library. Cork City
9th December Festive Busk in The Square, Newcastle West. Limerick County
10th December Live @ Lismore Waterford
11th December Music Generation Laois Rock and Pop programme's Christmas Show at Kavanagh's Live Music Venue. Laois
11th December Carol Singing with Meath Youth Choir at Ashbourne Church. Meath
12th-15th December 'Jam Sessions' at Citywest, Kingswood, Rathcoole and Clondalkin Music Hubs. South Dublin
16th December Bagnealstown Christmas Concert at Colaiste Aindriu. Carlow
16th December Carol Singing with Meath Youth Choir at Dublin Castle. Meath
16th December 'Basement Sounds' Christmas Concert, Gerrards Church in Drogheda. Meath & Louth
16th December Julianstown Youth Orchestra Christmas performance at Coláiste na HInse. Meath
19th December 'Sing Out Winter Wonderland', a fun and accessible concert for the whole family. Kilkenny
19th December Navan Music Hub Christmas Concert. Meath
19th December Outdoor live concert on the grounds of King House, Boyle. Roscommon
19th December Roscommon County Youth Orchestra performance in Ballaghaderreen. Roscommon
19th December Youth music gig at the Record Room. Limerick City
19th - 25th December Christmas Video Premieres Online. Roscommon
22nd December Jingle Bell RockOut. Kilkenny
24th December RTÉ Radio 1 - details coming soon! Longford

Find further details about these events on your local Music Generation area's website or Facebook/Instagram page.

Twelve-year-old Aaron Hennessy, aka MC Bucky, from The Kabin and Music Generation Cork City, made his debut appearance on The Late Late Toy Show last week. The young rapper and wordsmith performed an original rap piece as part of an ensemble cover of Lizzo's 'About That Time'.

Since his performance, Aaron has been on the media circuit performing and speaking on Cork's 96FM, as well as being interviewed by the Irish Examiner.

Check out Aaron’s interview with the Irish Examiner here.

"In the actual moment, I didn't know what I was doing or what I was saying. It was just like, my mind just went... it was mad, it was probably the best experience of my life." – MC Bucky, The Kabin, Music Generation Cork City

Congratulations to Aaron on a fantastic performance from Music Generation!

Image: Garry McCarthy/GMCBeats

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Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that gives children and young people access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education. Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs) in which Education and Training Board and Local Authorities play a lead role.