Music Generation Laois will host its third weekend concert series in the magnificent surrounds of the restored Malt House, on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May 2019. The series brings together a stellar line-up of international, award-winning musicians and performers to play alongside Music Generation Laois’ own young musicians.
Highlights on Friday include two of Ireland’s foremost harp players Michael Rooney and Zoë Conway and acclaimed composer John McIntyre, who will play alongside the Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra and Senior Trad Group.
Headline acts on Saturday include Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona McKay (harp) who won the ‘best duo’ award at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and are long-term collaborators and mentors of the Music Generation Laois young musicians. The Music Generation Laois Junior Trad Group with Ernestine Healy, the Senior Harp Ensemble and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra will all be performing on the night.
Saturday also sees the Irish premiere of Body Percussion accompanied by the full Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, as well as the launch of Stradbally’s Tommy Fitzharris and Donal McCague’s new album ‘The Bank of Turf.’
Ahead of the weekend’s concert series, Music Generation Laois Coordinator Rosa Flannery said: ‘In its third year, we are really excited and grateful to be back in this exquisite venue - thanks to Glen Bradshaw who allows us to take over his beautiful Malt House each year for this event. Support in the community like this has enabled Music Generation Laois to reach over 3,000 young people, who otherwise may not have access to instruments or music lessons. The Music at The Malt House is a small taster of what we do, as well as a superb evening’s entertainment for all the family.’
Tickets are €5 and can be booked by phone on 0578663355 or online at www.dunamaise.ie
This lyrical series kicks off Music Generation Laois’ packed summer programme of events and festivals for 2019. For more information see musicgenerationlaois.ie
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