Choral singing, tradition music and African dancing are the highlights of a range of events in Laois this Thursday, June 21 as part of National Music Day 2012.
Portlaoise, Portarlington, Carmross and Emo will be the venues for music and dance Love:Live Music 2012. Traditional musicians, dancers and singers from Comhaltas branches around Laois will be busy on the day while County hall will burst into life with music at lunchtime concert. RehabCare is hosting African dancing in Portlaoise
Portlaoise Comhaltas is organising an open air evening session in Main Street from 7pm to 9.30pm.
From 2pm to 3.30pm the Ratheniska branch of Comhaltas will perform session of tradition music, song and dance at the Market Square, Stradbally
The gardens at Emo Court will be the pituresque setting for a seisiún organised by Portarlington Comhaltas which takes place from 3pm to 5pm.
To conclude the traditional entertainment Camross Comhaltas is running its own open air session at the Poets Cottage or Camross Hall if raining from 7pm to 8pm.
Meanwhile singers and musicians who work in the public service in Portlaoise will join together this week Thursday, June 21 for a concert on the top floor of County Hall.
Laois School of Music/Music Generation Laois is organising a Music in the Workplace Lunchtime Concert, featuring singers and musicians from local Government Agencies Laois County Council, Laois VEC, Department of Agriculture and Dept. of Social Protection.
LCC Choir will host the concert and sing at beginning and end. VEC will be represented by some traditional musicians and a singers group and there will also be a singing duo from the Department of Agriculture and a singing trio from Department of Social Protection and LCC combined.
Nuala Kelly of the Laois School of Music says the programme is shaping up very nicely and promises to be a really nice event. The concert will take place on the Top Floor in County Hall, which has good acoustics for singing and music, along with a lovely view of the town.
“The focus in on Music in the Workplace, so we’re looking forward to the various departments coming together and sharing their musical talents, which their fellow workers may not even be aware of,” said Nuala.
Finally, RehabCare Portlaoise hosts a Tradional Multicultural Dance performance by members of the Africian community and those who use RehabCare services in Portlaoise at 22 Lower Main Street, from 2pm.
The Love:live music aims to promote access to live music for everyone; demonstrate the importance of music in our lives and in our society; highlight the diversity of music practice in all musical genres in today’s Ireland.
For more go to www.lovelivemusic.ie