Music Network and Music Generation collaborate on summer workshops

11 July 2014

Last week two of Music Network’s touring musicians, Scottish duo Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona McKay (harp) made a whistle-stop tour to three of Music Generation’s traditional summer camps taking place in Louth, Laois and Wicklow.

Catriona and Chris worked with the young people and the summer camp tutors in all three areas, teaching new songs and giving masterclasses.  The young participants had an opportunity to hear them perform and the chance to play alongside them at the end-of-camp concerts. 

Music Generation Laois
In Laois, Chris and Catriona performed at the concert as a trio with Music Generation Laois’s bodhrán player/tutor Robbie Walsh. They also performed Catriona’s composition The Swan with Laois’s harp tutor Claire O’Donnell and her father Gerry O’Donnell, Laois’s flute player/tutor, a piece the father and daughter often play.



Music Generation Wicklow
Thirty-five young musicians aged 8 – 15 took part in Music Generation Wicklow’s week long traditional summer school with tutors Niall Cloak, Rachel Conlan and Eimer Casey.  As part of the camp, participants enjoyed a day-long workshop with Chris and Catriona, who had an instant rapport with the young people and tutors alike.  Playing together and learning new techniques left the young musicians feeling truly motivated and inspired.


Music Generation Louth
The reaction to Music Generation Louth’s traditional summer camp and experience with Chris Stout and Catriona McKay can be summed up by one parent who wrote: “Thank you so much from Hermione and I for such an inspiring 3 days of workshops in traditional music ... Hermione has learnt so much...the guest musicians [Chris and Catriona] were great for her to embrace different techniques and ways to play... in her own words, the camp was just deadly!!”



Chris Stout and Catriona McKay will be joined by Kerry legend Séamus Begley (accordion, voice) in their upcoming tour which kicks off on 16th September and travels to Portlaoise, Letterkenny, Newbridge, Drogheda, Baile Mhúirne, Waterford, Dublin, Listowel and Cork.