Musical treats in Portlaoise

THERE are plenty of musical treats taking place in Portlaoise this weekend to suits all ages and tastes, with church music, trad music, folk and soul among others.

THERE are plenty of musical treats taking place in Portlaoise this weekend to suits all ages and tastes, with church music, trad music, folk and soul among others.

There will be a free lunchtime concert tomorrow, Thursday, August 23, from 1.10pm to 1.50pm, featuring David O’Shea on organ at St Peter’s Church in Market Square, Portlaoise during National Heritage Week. David O’Shea is the organist of Sandford Parish Church, Ranelagh. He is a pianist and harpsichord/organ continuo-player, and repetiteur with the Dublin Bach Singers and Glasthule Opera. Those interested can bring their own lunch and eat while they listen. There is no charge, but donations are welcome, half go to Laois Hospice.

Thursday night sees popular Portlaoise musician James O’ Connor take to the stage in Kavanaghs for some musical delights to start the weekend, James will be performing every Thursday in the venue until the end of August.

On Friday August 24 there will be an introduction to set dancing all day in the Dunamaise Arts Centre run by Maureen Culleton. This workshop is run as part of heritage week and is for children aged from six to 12 years old. The workshop is a fun introduction to set dancing for boys and girls. The event is free but booking is required, and people are advised to contact the Dunamaise booking office at 057 86 63355. This is run in association with Laois County Council Heritage Office and the Heritage Council.

The energetic, hard working Soulset will be back in the Square Bar on Saturday night, August 25. The group consists of members Alan Smyth on vocals, Angi McNulty on vocals, Cormac Fitzpatrick on bass, John Scalon on guitar, Declan Dunne on drums, Omar Mahfoud on keys, Sinead Winters on saxophone, and John Tynan on tumpet.

The Portlaoise group have been ripping up dancefloors all over place over the past few months and perform classics including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Sam and Dave. Check out the Square Bar on Facebook for more information on this gig.