love:live music launches with over 200 free live music events around the country on 21st June
16 May 2012
Musicians from the Royal Irish Academy of Music today joined Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Moore Street traders in Dublin for an impromptu musical performance on one of Dublin’s most iconic streets to announce the launch of love:live music, Ireland’s National Music Day on 21st June. This day-long celebration of Irish music of all genres will see thousands of musicians stage free live music events across the country. love:live music is presented by Music Network in association with RTÉ lyric fm and is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and The Arts Council.
Commenting on the announcement, Minister Deenihan said: “Ireland is known throughout the world for its incredible musicians and unrivalled musical talent and love:live music is an exciting showcase of this. Projects such as this offer us an ideal opportunity to shine a spotlight on new trends and ‘new Irish music’, from traditional to the avant-garde. Musicians and singers of all genres, both amateur and professional, can take part. It is an opportunity to participate in the world’s largest free celebration of music, without any auditions. This event will bring together some of the most unique and exciting artists in Ireland in what promises to be a true celebration of the musical wealth in this country and a really special day for everyone.”
A highlight event taking place in Dublin is Lá Ceoil, a free showcase concert in Dublin’s Meeting House Square on Thursday 21st June, 6pm-10pm, funded by the Arts Council supporting Traditional Arts. Lá Ceoil will draw inspiration from Ireland’s indigenous music and will welcome an outstanding line-up of musicians including Buffalo in the Castle, We Banjo 3, The Unwanted, Tarab, Mick O’Brien, members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and DIT Traditional Music Ensemble and special guest Seán Mac Erlaine along with the world première of an exclusive commission by RTÉ lyric fm composer in residence Linda Buckley.
“On one day in the year, love:live music promotes ‘access to music for all’, aiming to animate public space with music performance and participation in celebration of Ireland’s indigenous and diverse musical identity. Our ambition is to make Ireland the number one destination for International Music Day-trippers, (celebrated in 120 counties worldwide); and an essential ‘must do’ on the music tourist’s calendar. In nurturing this potential love:live music has curated Lá Ceoil , a packed line-up of exceptional musicians who are connected by their inimitable expressions of interpretations of traditional Irish music. This event has been designed with international audiences in mind, who can tune it to www.rte.ie/lyricfm to watch and listen to the concert streamed in realtime and for Irish listeners the concert will be broadcast RTÉ lyric fm (98.7),” commented Project Manager Jody Ackland.
Elsewhere, Clonmel Junction Festival and the Common Thread Café in conjunction with South Tipperary County Arts Office present: Clonmel Loves Live Music, 4 hours of Free Music on the streets of Clonmel including an outdoor music trail and a special live collaboration featuring award-winning and critically acclaimed singer Julie Feeney, the extraordinarily talented violinist Cora Venus Lunny, exuberant and innovative harper Laoise Kelly and the masterfully elegant and fluent guitarist Niwel Tsumbu, and culminating with a classical chamber concert at the County Museum at 8pm.
love:live music coincides with International Music Day – 21st June, celebrated in 120 countries worldwide. love:live music, Ireland’s National Music Day will see hundreds of unique, fresh and free musical performances across the country including:
• The Royal Irish Academy of Music will present a live music installation from 12-3pm at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin
• The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) in association with Crash Ensemble will inaugurate its first 'Tiny Desk' concert as part of love:live music. This innovative music series aims to bring new Irish music out of the concert hall and into offices and workplaces, inviting audiences to experience close encounters with new Irish music
• Ennis Town in association with BallyO Promotions presents Clare Connections, a live music gathering in the heart of Ennis, Co. Clare; the home of traditional Irish music
• Samba percussion performance by Scoil Treasa Naofa involving children from 10-13 years of age from 11am on Grafton Street, Dublin
• Waltons New School of Music presents a Gospel Gathering at St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre from 6.30pm to 7.15pm
• CAN Percussion Trio, three masters of orchestral percussion lead a free percussion workshop, open to the public from 11am to 1pm at St. Patrick's Bandroom, Frenchville Lane, Galway. This event is presented in conjunction with Access Music Project and Macnas
• Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann presents a range of over eighty events throughout the country including céilí and open air sessions
• Opera Theatre Company (OTC), Ireland's national touring opera company, will present operatic favourites by the best of Ireland's young opera talent in the wonderful surrounds of the Powerscourt Town Centre, Dublin. OTC's Young Associate Artists will present a glorious mix of opera's greatest moments. Prepare to be treated to a lively musical experience, taking in arias from Mozart to Puccini
• A Solstice celebration at Lochtar na Cua Standing Stones in Waterville, Kerry with the Scottish Pipes and Irish harps and a dance piece
• Events taking place in partnership with national and regional organisations include: An Post and Cairde na Cruite – an en-masse harp performance at Dublin’s GPO and regional post offices around the country; Drogheda Samba Festival partners up with Iarnród Éireann for a sensational countrywide train station samba soiree; Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme will host a programme of music events in Louth, Sligo, Mayo, Laois, Cork City, Wicklow and Donegal
love:live music is Ireland's National Music Day on Thursday 21st June through free live music events in cities, towns and villages all over the country. Initiated by Music Network in 2010 and in association with RTÉ lyric fm, it is an open invitation to everyone to Make Music Everywhere! love:live music is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and The Arts Council. Music Network is revenue funded by The Arts Council.