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Music Generation annual Tionól for harps and pipes takes place in Laois this weekend

Tionól Laois

Music Generation Laois’s annual Tionól for harp and pipes, the only harp and pipe festival in the world, takes place in Laois over the 29, 30 and 31 of October.

This year’s event includes a range of workshops with well-known musicians, and young people from all over Ireland will be in attendance.

Workshops take place in Laois Offaly ETB’s Dunamase College Campus in Tower Hill, with a line-up that includes Gradam Ceoil winner Michael Rooney on harp and world-renowned Scottish harper Catriona McKay.

Harp workshops also include Music Generation Laois’ own Siobhan Buckley, Grainne Hambly and William Jackson from Mayo, Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla from Louth, Jill Devlin from Waterford and Niamh O’Brien from Clare.

Pipers teaching at this year’s Tionól include, the well-known Cavan musician Pádraig McGovern, Leonard Barry from Kerry, and local pipers Joseph Byrne and Alain Carroll.


James Mahon, uilleann piper with Irish supergroup Kila will also be part of Tionól, and also returning to Tionòl is Donegal-based piper Paul Harrigan. 

Harpers and pipers can sign up to a weekend of workshops, by contacting Music Generation Laois on 057 8681782 or email mgl@loetb.ie.

Classes are available for recent beginners to advanced students – classes are available in-person or online. Details are on https://www.musicgenerationlaois.ie/tionol-21/  with the online schedule available upon request. 

A free live-streamed event from The Malt House, Stradbally will be screened on the Music Generation Laois facebook page at 8pm on Saturday, October 30 with harpers, pipers and a range of special guests.

A final Tionól Closing Party, free of charge, will take place in Andy Bergin’s pub on Main Street, Portlaoise at 7pm on Sunday and all are welcome to attend.

This event will feature Catriona McKay (harp), Chris Stout (fiddle) and Leonard Barry (pipes), fancy dress please for this event to celebrate Halloween.

Speaking ahead of the event,  Rosa Flannery, Music Development Officer with Music Generation Laois commented, “We are delighted to bring Tionól back to Laois in-person in 2021, now in its 6th year.

“We delivered the programme primarily online in 2020, so it’s just so wonderful to be able to come back together in person, and give young people this opportunity to play music and develop their musical skills, meet new people, make friends.

“In 2021, we have young people taking part from Donegal, Mayo, Sligo, Louth, Waterford, Wicklow, Wexford, Clare, Tipperary and Laois of course! Some students will attend online, and some in-person, so there is something for everyone!”

Music Generation Laois’ Annual Tionól is funded by the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership Creativity and Collaboration Fund.

Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network and Co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, and the Department of Education.

Locally Music Generation Laois is part of Laois Offaly ETB and supported by Laois County Council. 

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