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Music Generation Limerick City to host a flagship national festival, celebrating teenage creativity!

15 June 2016Music Generation Limerick City will host the first ever Music Generation National Songwriting Showcase for young people at a free concert on Sunday 26 June at The Milk Market, Limerick City. The concert will feature an exciting line-up of young, emerging and established bands, musicians and songwriters from 12 areas of Ireland, including a special appearance by Limerick-based trio The Rusangano Family and other guest artists.

This flagship event will build on a successful one-day pilot festival hosted last summer, scaling it up to a national celebration of teenage creativity.

This brand new collaboration with Music Generation partnership programmes around Ireland is part of Music Generation Limerick City’s month-long music programme for teenagers – a programme of unprecedented scale including music camps in 7 different areas of the city, songwriting sessions, band mentoring opportunities, outdoor gigs and much more.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, Music Generation Limerick City Co-ordinator Boris Hunka said: ‘It is great that in the year we moved into our new Creative Centre in the City – a hub for Music Generation activities and events in Limerick – we are in a position to run our most ambitious summer programme yet. With the amount of events planned, the musical forecast for summer in Limerick City is hot.’

As well as the young musicians set to take to the stage in The Milk Market there will be a series of special guest performances by established artists programmed throughout the day. Among them will be The Rusangano Family – 2 MCs and 1 DJ based in the West of Ireland, whose recent album release, ‘Let the Dead Bury the Dead’, has been met with enormous critical acclaim.

Music Generation Live at the Pery is a Music Generation National Project, presented in partnership with Music Generation Music Education Programmes across Ireland.

Music Generation Limerick City summer music programme, highlights include –

7 music creation camps in 7 locations across 7 weeks
Music Generation Limerick City will offer free, three-day music camps to teenagers in 7 different areas of the City, from 13 June through to the end of July. Each camp will culminate in a recording by the young musicians involved. The sessions will blend the expertise of Music Generation’s team of musicians with experts from Limerick Youth Service. The workshops will be based on and around the Music Generation Express – a double-decker bus converted into a workshop venue and field recording facility. Each camp is standalone, so teenagers can choose to get involved in one of them or many.

  • Dooaradoyle – 13-15 June
  • Caherdavin – 21-23 June
  • Corbally – 28-30 June
  • University of Limerick – 5-7 July
  • Northside Youth Centre – 12-14 July
  • The Factory, Southill – 19-21 July
  • The Music Generation Creative Centre (Sexton St) – 26-28 July

Limerick Voices Songwriting and Band Mentoring Sessions
Music Generation Limerick City runs sessions every Saturday in their Creative Centre (Sexton St), bringing teenagers from all over the city into a space to write and play music. Since launching in 2014 the sessions have seen a remarkable upsurge in creativity, driven by the teenagers supported by local musicians. The Saturday sessions will move to a Friday after the secondary school term has ended and continue through June and July. The sessions are always free and open to new and aspiring young musicians who would like to join.

Limerick Voices is supported by the JP Macmanus Foundation.

CD Release: Limerick Voices, Vol. 1
Limerick Voices launched two years ago. This year, 2016, those who first participated in the programme as songwriters are leaving school and moving onwards and upwards. Music Generation Limerick City is marking their graduation and the contribution they have made to the programme by producing a professional album of their work, which will be released in the autumn.

Music Generation Limerick City is a music education service for children and young people. It is part of Music Generation – Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships. Locally, Music Generation Limerick City is managed by Limerick City Music Education Partnership and receives matched funding from a number of local organisations. All of Music Generation Limerick City Programmes are free to the young people.

For more information about this and the other programmes and initiatives at Music Generation Limerick City, contact:

Boris Hunka, Coordinator, Music Generation Limerick City
Central Buildings, 51 O’Connell St, Limerick

t: +353 87 210 4583