Reelig perform at Áras an Úachtaráin

Music Generation Carlow‘s Reelig were invited on 08/07/2017 by the President of Ireland / Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins to the final Garden Party of the year No.8/8 . 

Reelig were also trilled to have meet President Michael D Higgins, wife Sabina Higgins, Paddy Casey, Vinci and Fionnula Flanagan. Directed by their tutors, musicians Áine Donohue and Ciarán Somers, ‘Reelig’ performed an electric set for the President, Sabina Higgins and more. 

The young musicians performing on the day were Thomas O’Donoghue (Button Accordion); Colm Broderick (Uileann Pipes, Flute, Whistle); Meadhbh Broderick (Flute, Whistle); Niamh Nolan (Flute, Whistle); Shane Nolan (Fiddle); Conor McDermott (Banjo); Jack Gladney (Guitar); Oisín Byrne (Bodhrán); and Katie Brennan (Concertina).

It was a wonderful afternoon of entertainment and congratulations to the young musicians, for there fantastic performance on the day. 

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Suzuki Violin Programme – Starting in September 2017

Music Generation Carlow are delighted to introduce a very exciting Suzuki Violin programme to their September calendar.

This programme is suited to children who will be entering Junior Infants and Senior infants class in September. The key aspects of the Suzuki method is the committing of a common repertoire to memory, which enables the students to perform their pieces together as a group, with emphasis on developing social skills, cognition, physical co-ordination and FUN!

The weekly group classes will take place in Carlow town and PARENT PARTICIPATION is very much encouraged.Numbers are very limited so if you feel this programme is for your child, please contact the below with your interest.

Niamh Mooney – 059-9138538 or

Gala Concert 2017

It has been a very busy and exciting year for all the participants of MG Carlow. The Gala Concert  included a selection of students in the area from primary school programmes to after school Hubs, C.R.Y.S, Junior Rock School, Reelíg and Reelog. Together they performed a series of vibrant sets and tunes.

The event took place on Wednesday & Thursday, May 24 & 25 2017 at the George Bernard Theater Shaw, Carlow.

Students from the Music Generation Carlow programme experience the vital opportunity to collaborate on stage in front of a large audience on both nights. The stage was filled with the sound of young Irish musicians playing and singing.

Well done to all who participated and we would like to thank everyone who helped make both nights a Huge success.

Music Generation Carlow is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network.


Please click on the link below to view the videos:

Video credits to Greg – Hedgehog productions

Photo credits to Michael O’Rourke photography

Sound and Lighting credits to Steven Corry – Premier Sound

Reelig perform at Dublin Castle for Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Reelig were invited to represent Music Generation Carlow at Dublin Castle to perform a set of tunes on Thursday 25th May 2017.

Reelig performed in front of a large audience including Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and  the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD.An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD announced,31 Local Authority Culture & Creativity Plans as part of the Creative Ireland Programme. This is a five-year initiative, starting from 2017-2022.

For more information regarding the 31 Local Authority Culture & Creativity Plans, please visit

Click on the link below to view the performance by Reelig:

Music Generation Carlow Young Ambassadors, Reelig

Vocal Week

The Vocal Week took part on Monday 15th-Monday 22nd May 2017. Local students from National Schools all over Carlow took part in the vocal week. These students learned exciting, fun and energetic vocal material exploring popular music, world music and the art of vocal percussion during the year. The Students learned to develop their confidence to perform in front of a large audience, as well as to exposure to a wide range of different musical genres.

The focus of every class was remarkable, they learned how to develop vocal skills in a fun but developmental way!

The concerts took part in Church Sacred Heart, Borris, St. Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown, Murphy Memorial Hall, Tullow and  St. Mary’s Church, Carlow.

A special thanks to our Music Generation Carlow Vocal team: Marian Gaynor, Trish Clarke, Anita Mahon, Elspeth Hayes and Ali Behan.Piano Accompaniment Aoife Kavanagh and Stephen Corry for Sound.

Ceol Connected presents The Far Field

 Ceol Connected embarked on a nationwide tour in May with The Far Field, and Music Generation Carlow were invited. 

Many participants from our Early Childhood sector aged from 3-7, enjoyed an irresistibly joyful and spellbinding musical tale, infused with traditional music, puppetry, and folklore.

The Far Field told the story of a farmer who, on one Summer’s day, discovers a magical whistle hidden in a hare’s nest!  Suspecting it belongs to the fairy folk who live at the edge of the farm, the farmer believes that the whistle should be returned to its’ rightful owners and so begins the journey of discovery into the magical world of fairies.

“The otherworldly realm of fairies is brought to life in this musical performance through traditional music for young children, developed and performed by Dr. Thomas Johnston (whistles and song) with Sean McElwain (whistles, guitar and fiddle), and Emma Fisher (puppeteer)

The Far Field, written by Dr. Thomas Johnston, in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre was held on Thursday 11th May 2017


Music Generation Carlow were very excited to be part of this years “BRASS OFF”  hosted by Music Generation Cork City. 19 young musicians from Carlow’s Music Generation traveled to Cork City to take part in “Brass-Off” .

The three day musical jamboree ran from Monday 10th – Wednesday 12 April  at Cork Institute of Technology’s ‘School of Music’.

The players performed a full brass and reed band, coming together to rehearse and perform the work as a cross-county ensemble. Over the three days there were also opportunities for the young musicians to explore their technique and develop their skills in smaller groups and sectionals.

We were lucky to have worked with the incredible Barrack Street Band, Foxford Brass and Reed Band representing Music Generation Cork City and Music Generation Mayo.

The Third Annual Music@MountLeinster 2017

117 young traditional musicians from Carlow , Laois, Donegal, Cork, Louth, Wickow and Clare arrived to Borris, Co Carlow for a jam-packed few days of tuition and performances led by traditional musicians: Tola Custy (Fiddle), Damien Mullane (Accordion), Ernestine Healy (Concertina), Mikie Smyth (Uilleann Pipes), Michael Rooney (Harp), James Mahon (Flute), Aimee Farrell Courtney (Bodhrán), Liam Bradley (Accordion), Niall Murphy (Fiddle), Clara Mannion (Concertina) and Tim Doyle (Uilleann Pipes).

The first concert kicked off on Wednesday night 22nd February at the Step House Hotel, Borris by the professional musicians. The evening was a great success, and many people arrived to see the musicians perform. The concert had displayed some of the best traditional musicians from Ireland, and the area of Borris was the perfect backdrop for this musical treat.

The second concert was the finale, held on Thursday 23rd February at the Step House Hotel: all the young musicians took to the stage and performed a full set each. Crowds from all over Ireland attended the concert to see the young musicians perform. After the concert, the young musicians were delighted to attend the disco that had been organised, as a reward for their hard work.

A hugh thank you to the musicians, young musicians, the principal and staff of Borris Vocational School who supported us and allowed the school hall to be transformed into a girls and boys dorm for three days.

We will look forward to M@ML 2018

M@ML is a Music Generation Carlow initiative, funded through the National Projects partnership fund.

Music Generation Research

Music Generation have just released some new research surrounding the entire success and impact of the programme around Ireland.


Are you aged between 13-18 years and interested in learning more about song-writing, recording producing, band development and the music industry?

Then we invite you to apply for this brilliant opportunity with MG Carlow at the Rock School @ The Vault, Burrin Street, Carlow!

Spaces are limited to 25 places for the year and are filling up fast!

Please email as soon as possible to reserve your place.  Applications close on Thursday 22nd September @ 5pm.

The workshop costs €10 and will take place on one Sunday a month starting on Sunday 25th September from 10am-1pm.

Please call 059-9138532/9138538 for more information.


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