Music Generation Laois attracts national talent

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Music Generation Laois attracts national talent
By Ryan Dunne ryan@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

The inaugural Music Generation Laois Tionól for harps and pipes took place recently in Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, culminating in a special concert showcasing immense local talent.

This weekend event was a national gathering for harps and pipes, and attracted young people from all over Ireland.

The weekend included concerts, workshops and reed making demonstrations, and over 80 young people participated.

Tutors were invited from Music Generations throughout Ireland, along with their students, to participate in the weekend. In addition, a range of guest tutors contributed,

A concert on Friday November 4 in the Dunamaise Arts Centre featured performances by guest tutors, and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra performed their suite of music, ‘1916: Visions and Voices’ with Altan Accordionist Martin Tourish.

The Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble performed ‘Rising of the Harps’ a new suite of music created by a Scottish harpist in collaboration with the Laois harp ensemble, on the concert on Saturday night in Portlaoise Youth Education Centre.