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Laois participants wanted for ‘Making Music in the Midlands’

Music Network and Age Friendly Ireland invite people living in Laois aged 55+ to join an exciting music project teaching a range of styles and techniques.

Making Music in the Midlands: Music Network teaching residences will be led by renowned musicians Alec O’Leary (guitar), Angelina Carberry (banjo/mandolin/whistle), Dan Brouder (button accordion), Adele O ‘Dwyer (violin/viola/cello), Phil Robson (guitar), Ciaran Wilde (saxophone/clarinet), Catherine McEvoy (flute) and Jacinta McEvoy (guitar/concertina).

The project focuses on getting back to playing an instrument and sharing the joy of making music in a group.

People living in Longford, Laois, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath can apply to take part in one of the residencies. However, priority within each county will go to candidates from that county. Although some musical experience is required, the ability to read music is not essential.

In Laois, participants will receive individual and group guitar lessons from Alec O’Leary between August and September 2022 at the LOETB Learning Hub, 2 Park Villas, Harpur’s Lane, Mountmellick Rd. Portlaoise.

In August and September, lessons are free and instruments will be provided if needed. If demand is high, one of the residencies may be offered online to ensure that financial circumstances or lack of transportation are not barriers to participation. Technical support to enable e-learning will be provided to participants if needed.

For eight weeks, three individual lessons and two group lessons and two ensemble sessions will be delivered in each county. Two coffee sessions will also be organized per county to give people the opportunity to socialize and reflect on their musical journey.

The project will end with two ensemble sessions per county, where the participants and their teachers will play together the music learned during the project. Places are limited to nine per department. Priority will be given on a first come, first served basis. However, additional criteria will be used for selection, including county of residence, availability of teaching slots, ability to participate in the full program and geographical distribution within the Midlands.

Midlands Teaching Residences are presented by Music Network and Age Friendly Ireland. Music Network is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. This initiative is supported by Creative Ireland.

To apply, visit www.musicnetwork.ie or call Music Network on 01-4750224. Deadline for submitting applications: Friday July 22 at 2 p.m.