Fleadh gig for Portlaoise band

A GROUP of young Portlaoise Comhaltas members are set to play the Gig Rig at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2012 this Friday, August 17 sometime between 5 and 7pm in Cavan after reaching the finals of a national Battle of the Bands competition.

A GROUP of young Portlaoise Comhaltas members are set to play the Gig Rig at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2012 this Friday, August 17 sometime between 5 and 7pm in Cavan after reaching the finals of a national Battle of the Bands competition.

The Portlaoise act is one of seven bands hoping to strike a chord with judges at the inaugural ‘Trad for Trócaire’ Battle of the Bands.

And they are competing for the chance to perform as the opening act for a major band during Temple Bar Trad Fest 2013 and three days recording time at Comhaltas’ Clasac Studios in Dublin.

The young Portlaoise band came together during a summer music workshop ran by Portlaoise CCE with funding from Laois Partnership Company where they developed their knowledge of music theory and practice.

At the end of the course they made a professional recording, entered the competition and made it to the national final.

Portlaoise Comhaltas Branch Chairperson PJ Phelan said, “Portlaoise Comhaltas is very pleased that so many of those who enjoyed our careers in music workshop have made it through to the Trad for Trocaire Battle of the Bands final and that they are so committed to supporting others less fortunate.”

The competition is being run in the lead up to Trad for Trocaire, a national traditional music week run by Trocaire and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, which will take place from October 4 to 10.