LOVE:LIVE MUSIC - IRELAND’S NATIONAL MUSIC DAY – ON FRIDAY 21ST JUNE 2013

06 June 2013

THOUSANDS OF IRISH MUSICIANS TO STAGE FREE LIVE MUSIC EVENTS TO CELEBRATE LOVE:LIVE MUSIC  - IRELAND’S NATIONAL MUSIC DAY – ON FRIDAY 21ST JUNE 2013
-MORE THAN 200 FREE LIVE MUSIC EVENTS PLANNED TO DATE-
Thursday 6th June 2013: Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, joined musicians from all over Ireland including singers from Dublin City Council’s Opera in the Park, members of the Royal Irish Academy and Comhaltas this morning for a musical performance at Merrion Square to give a colourful flavour of what to expect from love:live music on Friday 21st of June.  
Initiated by Music Network in 2010 and now celebrating its fourth year, National Music Day will see thousands of people across Ireland join together in a vibrant celebration of live music by staging a myriad of events in villages, towns and cities, throughout the day and into the night.  
Events have been pouring in to the love:live music website and Music Network is looking forward to another year of truly memorable performances with many more events expected to be registered ahead of 21st June.
National Music Day is a completely inclusive event that welcomes all types of music performance and genres – from orchestras to one-man bands, from jazz, rap and improvised to classical– anything goes!  Musicians young and not so young, amateur, professional, experienced and inexperienced will make music right across the country on Friday 21st June and the great news is that you don’t have to be a musician to join in! You can show your support for your local community by simply going along and enjoying the FREE live music events taking place in your area. love:live music celebrates all that’s great about Irish music making with hundreds of FREE, family friendly events around the country.
"I'm delighted that my Department can again support National Music Day. This is a great opportunity for people to engage with our vibrant musical culture.  In the year of The Gathering, National Music Day also showcases our musical talent for those returning home or visiting Ireland. Wherever you are on Friday 21st of June, you won’t be far from a live music event", commented Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
“love:live music is a great example of the good things that can happen when communities come together in celebration. We’re thrilled with the range of events being registered – everything from choral gatherings and pop ups to céilís, concerts and jazz processions - there's something for everyone. And thanks to our wonderful programme partners Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, there will also be traditional Irish music events in almost every county in Ireland on the day,!” commented Sharon Rollston, Music Network CEO.
In previous years events have taken place in schools, churches, shopping centres, libraries, pubs, parks and even on a train and there’s no doubt that the venues look likely to remain as diverse and imaginative as ever for this year’s events on Friday 21st of June.  Below are just a few of this year’s events to give a flavour of what to expect:
Opera in the Park at Merrion Square with The Marriage of Figaro, presented by the Culture, Recreation and Amenity Department, Dublin City Council 
In association with the OPW, love:live music’s national partner Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann stage a highlight performance at Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green bandstand featuring musicians and traditional dancers led by Kieran Hanrahan
Alliance Francaise in Dublin and the Embassy of France present Soul Square world renowned rap-slam group from Paris with support by Workin Class Records and First Music Contact 
National Music Day at Christ Church Cathedral celebrates the spirit of collaboration in music and performance, with a diverse and exciting line-up of inspired pairings from Ireland, including some very special guests. The project, a collaboration between Christ Church Cathedral and LeCool Dublin is all about the connections and relationship set in the majestic surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral this is a happening not to be missed
National Chamber Choir in partnership with the Association of Irish Choirs and the Contemporary Music Centre will host a series of exciting pop-up events across Dublin city
The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania present the 20 members of traditional folk music and dance group Lietuviškas Dobilas in Meeting House Square at 7pm
OuterSpaceways Inc. and their followers will pay tribute to the legendary jazz bandleader Sun Ra through a series of guerilla performances around Dublin city culminating in a performance at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar 
Ennis loves live music presents Clare Connections featuring Lúnasa
Irish Chamber Orchestra "Sing Out With Strings" 5th anniversary concert in University Concert Hall, Limerick, featuring 300+ students aged 4 to 14 from schools around the city
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and young European guest soloists' open rehearsal in the National Concert Hall
Choral gathering in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin, to which anyone interested in joining a pop-up choir at lunch-time is more than welcome to do so.  No previous choral singing experience is necessary, and the bigger the choir, the bigger the fun!
Other event highlights include the Dublin City Council’s Dublin Street Music Programme – a day long busking event, Music City! A day long celebration of music through free live events as part of Derry City of Culture,  Na Píobairí Uilleann's  series of “Try the Pipes” performances and workshops in shopping centres around Ireland, and jazz /hip-hop improvisers Mixtapes from the Underground at the Wellington Weekender Festival in The Workman’s Club in Dublin.
To find out more and for a full list of all events registered across the country, log onto www.lovelivemusic.ie
love:live music is co-ordinated by Music Network and is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and The Arts Council. For further details log on to www.lovelivemusic.ie, facebook.com/pages/LoveLive-Music, twitter.com/lovelivemusicIE
ENDS
For further details contact
Claire O’Grady at Insight Consultants on 01 293 9977/087 7819375 or claire@insightconsultants.ie
OR Grace O’Reilly on 01 293 9977 or 086 1968831

Thursday 6th June 2013: Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, joined musicians from all over Ireland including singers from Dublin City Council’s Opera in the Park, members of the Royal Irish Academy and Comhaltas this morning for a musical performance at Merrion Square to give a colourful flavour of what to expect from love:live music on Friday 21st of June.  

Initiated by Music Network in 2010 and now celebrating its fourth year, National Music Day will see thousands of people across Ireland join together in a vibrant celebration of live music by staging a myriad of events in villages, towns and cities, throughout the day and into the night.  

Events have been pouring in to the love:live music website and Music Network is looking forward to another year of truly memorable performances with many more events expected to be registered ahead of 21st June.

National Music Day is a completely inclusive event that welcomes all types of music performance and genres – from orchestras to one-man bands, from jazz, rap and improvised to classical– anything goes!  Musicians young and not so young, amateur, professional, experienced and inexperienced will make music right across the country on Friday 21st June and the great news is that you don’t have to be a musician to join in! You can show your support for your local community by simply going along and enjoying the FREE live music events taking place in your area. love:live music celebrates all that’s great about Irish music making with hundreds of FREE, family friendly events around the country.

"I'm delighted that my Department can again support National Music Day. This is a great opportunity for people to engage with our vibrant musical culture.  In the year of The Gathering, National Music Day also showcases our musical talent for those returning home or visiting Ireland. Wherever you are on Friday 21st of June, you won’t be far from a live music event", commented Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

“love:live music is a great example of the good things that can happen when communities come together in celebration. We’re thrilled with the range of events being registered – everything from choral gatherings and pop ups to céilís, concerts and jazz processions - there's something for everyone. And thanks to our wonderful programme partners Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, there will also be traditional Irish music events in almost every county in Ireland on the day,!” commented Sharon Rollston, Music Network CEO.

In previous years events have taken place in schools, churches, shopping centres, libraries, pubs, parks and even on a train and there’s no doubt that the venues look likely to remain as diverse and imaginative as ever for this year’s events on Friday 21st of June.  Below are just a few of this year’s events to give a flavour of what to expect:


Opera in the Park at Merrion Square with The Marriage of Figaro, presented by the Culture, Recreation and Amenity Department, Dublin City Council 

In association with the OPW, love:live music’s national partner Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann stage a highlight performance at Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green bandstand featuring musicians and traditional dancers led by Kieran Hanrahan

Alliance Francaise in Dublin and the Embassy of France present Soul Square world renowned rap-slam group from Paris with support by Workin Class Records and First Music Contact 

National Music Day at Christ Church Cathedral celebrates the spirit of collaboration in music and performance, with a diverse and exciting line-up of inspired pairings from Ireland, including some very special guests. The project, a collaboration between Christ Church Cathedral and LeCool Dublin is all about the connections and relationship set in the majestic surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral this is a happening not to be missed

National Chamber Choir in partnership with the Association of Irish Choirs and the Contemporary Music Centre will host a series of exciting pop-up events across Dublin city

The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania present the 20 members of traditional folk music and dance group Lietuviškas Dobilas in Meeting House Square at 7pm

OuterSpaceways Inc. and their followers will pay tribute to the legendary jazz bandleader Sun Ra through a series of guerilla performances around Dublin city culminating in a performance at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar 

Ennis loves live music presents Clare Connections featuring Lúnasa

Irish Chamber Orchestra "Sing Out With Strings" 5th anniversary concert in University Concert Hall, Limerick, featuring 300+ students aged 4 to 14 from schools around the city

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and young European guest soloists' open rehearsal in the National Concert Hall

Choral gathering in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin, to which anyone interested in joining a pop-up choir at lunch-time is more than welcome to do so.  No previous choral singing experience is necessary, and the bigger the choir, the bigger the fun!

Other event highlights include the Dublin City Council’s Dublin Street Music Programme – a day long busking event, Music City! A day long celebration of music through free live events as part of Derry City of Culture,  Na Píobairí Uilleann's  series of “Try the Pipes” performances and workshops in shopping centres around Ireland, and jazz /hip-hop improvisers Mixtapes from the Underground at the Wellington Weekender Festival in The Workman’s Club in Dublin.

To find out more and for a full list of all events registered across the country, log onto www.lovelivemusic.ie

love:live music is co-ordinated by Music Network and is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and The Arts Council. For further details log on to www.lovelivemusic.ie, facebook.com/pages/LoveLive-Music, twitter.com/lovelivemusicIE

ENDS

For further details contactClaire O’Grady at Insight Consultants on 01 293 9977/087 7819375 or claire@insightconsultants.ie OR Grace O’Reilly on 01 293 9977 or 086 1968831