To kick off Laois Music Generation Laois’s 2019 season, some of the most celebrated names in traditional Irish music headed to Stradbally for a weekend concert series housed for the third year in the magnificent confines of The Malt House.
On Friday night, renowned folk duo Zoe Conway and John McIntyre wowed audiences with songs, tunes and a collaboration with the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra.
Michael Rooney’s collaboration with the Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble included a solo performance of ‘An Cruitire’ by Michael Rooney, dedicated to Music Generation Laois Harper Siobhan Buckley.
Saturday night opened with Music Generation Laois’ Junior Trad Group performing with Concertina player Ernestine Healy, ending with a lively tune composed by Ernestine.
Scottish musicians Catriona McKay and Chris Stout’s spell-binding performance captivated the packed Malt House on Saturday night, culminating with a collaboration with the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra that had the audience on the edge of their seats.
The magical weekend also saw the album launch of Tommy Fitzharris (flute) and Donal McCague’s (fiddle) acclaimed album, ‘Bank of Turf.’
Photographer Denis Byrne was in Stradbally and he captured some great pictures.
Check them out below: