Leading Irish Musicians call on Irish Music Community to join the love:live music movement

22 February 2012

A host of leading Irish and Ireland based musicians were on hand today to launch love:live music presented by Music Network in association with RTÉ Lyric fm. The love:live music movement will take place on the Summer Solstice, Thursday 21st June as part of celebrations for International Music Day - Fête de la Musique. The musicians are urging other professional musicians and music organisations, as well as amateur musicians around the country to occupy  a stage and create a free music experience to capture the imagination and showcase Ireland’s diverse music talent.

Over 160 musical events were held across 24 counties at love:live music in 2011 with events ranging from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra joining forces with St Agnes Primary School to host a concert, the National Chamber Choir conducting at The Helix in DCU,  jazz and rock concerts; solo recitals, singing flash mobs; traditional music performances; buskers and last but not least the contemporary music sector pulled out all the stops with a performance by CoMA Limerick at the Hunt Museum in Limerick and several performances happening at the Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin.

The love:live music movement is a celebration of Ireland’s musical identity and aims to promote access to Irish music for everyone. 120 countries around the world will co-ordinate their national music day on Thursday 21st June and Irish musicians, both professional and amateur, are urged to occupy a stage and create a free music experience.

“Ireland is known throughout the world for its incredible musicians and unrivalled musical talent and we want to celebrate this at home and encourage everyone to enjoy Irish music at love:live music. We hope that musicians, groups and organisations around the country will join in love:live music 2012 to bring the exhilarating experience of live Irish music to people throughout the country and make it a day to remember. We simply want everyone to make a commitment to enjoy Irish music on Thursday 21st June ” commented event Project Manager Jody Ackland.

Now in it’s third year, love:live music continues to go from strength to strength and Music Network plans to build on this for love:live music 2012. For more information and to register to take part in love:live music 2012, visit www.lovelivemusic.ie or www.facebook.com/LoveLive-Music where you can upload the details of your event.

About love:live music
Love:live music is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  Music Network is revenue funded by The Arts Council.

More at www.lovelivemusic.ie

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