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Over 100 young musicians from Music Generation will descend on St. Patrick's Festival Quarter 2023 to share their dynamic take on Irish Traditional Music today. Join Music Generation Clare, Music Generation Laois and Music Generation Tipperary and experience their high-energy sets live in Collins Barracks on March 17th and 18th.

Music Generation
are delighted to collaborate with Ireland’s National Festival again to create such a memorable live performance opportunity for our young participants.

Rehearsals have been in full swing for weeks, in preparation for the big performance. We tipped down to Tipperary to visit the young musicians and heard what they are most looking forward to this St Patrick’s Day. Watch the video here.

Make sure to follow us on social media to be part of the craic agus ceol at St Patrick’s Festival Quarter!

The Music Generation Harp Collective, comprised of talented young harpists from Waterford, Laois, Louth, and Mayo, have teamed up to put on an amazing performance featuring 50 young performers as part of Waterford's St. Patrick's Festival.

Catch live performances from Music Generation Westmeath's Mullingar Music Jammers on Market Square and Music Generation Kilkenny's young trad musicians by the Tower, St. Canice's Cathedral.

There are tons of exciting events happening throughout the St. Patrick's Festival weekend across the Music Generation network.

View the complete schedule of fantastic Music Generation performances taking place for St. Patrick’s Festival celebrations nationwide.

Date: Friday 17th March

Time: 12.30pm

Stage: Bandstand Stage, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7


Music Generation Tipperary
Trad Ensemble will perform selected repertoire that reflects the journey of the young ensemble to date. The programme selection and arrangement has been led by the young musicians themselves highlighting the central role they have in the development of Tipperary’s musical future.

See the full programme of events here.

Music Generation Tipperary is managed by Tipperary Local Music Education Partnership, led by Tipperary Education and Training Board in partnership with Tipperary County Council.

Date: Friday 17th March

Time: 1pm Mainstage, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

Stage: Mainstage, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra are thrilled to perform at St. Patrick’s Festival Quarter's mainstage for the second time. Their dynamic programme will include a selection of tunes, arranged by Siobhan Buckley, including tunes composed by Damien O’Kane, Liz Carroll, Blackwater Céilí Band, Michael Rooney and much more.

See the full programme of events here.

Watch their 2022 St Patrick's Festival performance on YouTube.

Music Generation Laois is part of Laois Offaly Education and Training Board and supported locally by Laois County Council.

"I'm most looking forward to performing live on stage with my friends at St Patrick's Festival" Isabelle, Young Musician, Music Generation Clare

Date: Saturday 18th March

Time: 12pm

Stage: Mainstage, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

Discover the extraordinary sonic beauty of the Irish Concertina Orchestra weaving melodies through harmony progressions, with bass lines and rhythm concreting beautiful compositions that are challenging and curious to the ear. Under the guidance of musical director Dr. Tim Collins with Sinead Mulqueen, Cillian King and Conor O’Loughlin, the Irish Concertina Orchestra are becoming renowned for performing new and sonically exciting pieces to much critical acclaim.


With 24 of the best young concertina players from Co. Clare and surrounding counties, they work with unique commissioned compositions as well as their very own composition.

See the full programme of events here.

Watch their short documentary "The Road to 2022" on YouTube.

Music Generation Clare is managed by Clare Music Education Partnership, led by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board in partnership with Clare County Council, University of
Limerick and Clare Education Centre.

Local Music Generation St Patrick's Weekend Events

Music Generation Area Date Time Details
Cork City  (Creative Tradition) 15th March  Léargás Exchange Irish Traditional Music performance for visiting guests to Cork City.
Cork City  (Creative Tradition) 18th March  1:00pm  Club Ceoil Blarney will play a selection of trad music in Blarney’s new open-air festival in the village square.  
Clare 18th March 12pm - 12:30pm  Mainstage at Collins Barracks St. Patrick's Festival Quarter.
Galway City 17-19th March Eyre Square Music Fest A three-day programme of free outdoor concerts featuring local youth bands from Music Generation Galway City.
Laois 17th March 1pm - 1:30pm Mainstage at Collins Barracks St. Patrick's Festival Quarter.
Mayo (Batafada Samba Band) 17th March Music Generation Mayo are proud partner with community music group Batafada Samba Band for Castlebar Parade,
Mayo (Bofield CCÈ) 17th March Music Generation Mayo are proud partner with the renowned Bofield CCÈ for the Ballina Parade.
Mayo (Foxford Brass and Reed Band) 17th March Music Generation Mayo in partnership with Foxford Brass and Reed Band will travel to multiple parades and events in the county on St Patrick's Day.
Tipperary 17th March 12:30 - 1pm 12:30 - 1pm Band stage in Clarke Sq, Collins Barracks, St. Patrick's Festival Quarter.
Waterford 18th March 11am Waterford Central Library Tea Coffee and Harp Concert Morning with MG Waterford and Laois.
Waterford 18th March 1pm Music Generation Waterford Wind Band perform in Waterford Book Centre.
Waterford 18th March Youth bands the Dried Mangos & Salted Currents perform on St Patrick's Festival Waterford Main Stage, O'Connell Street.
Waterford (Harp Collective) 18th March 3pm Music Generation Harp Collective Music Generation Mayo, Laois, Louth and Waterford 50 harps perform on St Patrick's Festival Waterford Main Stage O'Connell Street.
Westmeath 17th March 1pm - 2:30pm Mullingar Jammers will perform on Main Street in Mullingar from 1pm.

Check out your local Music Generation area's Facebook/Instagram page to find out more.

Watch Music Generation Tipperary's Final Rehearsal

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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). The Education and Training Board and Local Authorities play a lead role.

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