By: Sinéad Blanchfield
Music Development Officer, Music Generation Kilkenny
Music Generation Tipperary and Music Generation Kilkenny
‘Magnificent opportunity for young traditional musicians in Co. Tipperary and Co. Kilkenny’
28 July 2021, Kilkenny: Music Generation Tipperary and Music Generation Kilkenny present TRADCAMP 2021 – a week-long camp for young traditional musicians from both Tipperary and Kilkenny where they will get the chance to learn new tunes and an opportunity to come together and work on a new arrangement of those pieces with one of Ireland’s top professional performers, Lucia McPartlin – all in collaboration with members of the Music Generation Kilkenny and Tipperary musician teams.
Those lucky enough to be part of this camp will also have the chance to be part of a LIVE video recording with Lucia onsite in both Tipperary and Kilkenny on Saturday 17th July, the final day of the camp. This is when the work from the week will come together and the young people will have the chance to perform together and with Lucia. This event will provide a magnificent opportunity for young traditional musicians in Co. Tipperary and Co. Kilkenny to receive advice from one of Ireland’s top professional performers, and above all else, to take the first steps in getting back to playing music together again.
Speaking about the workshop, Music Development Officer with Music Generation Tipperary Aidan O’Donnell said “We are really excited to announce this opportunity for young people in Tipperary and Kilkenny. We’re delighted to have Lucia on board for the workshops, and the fact the young people involved will have the chance to actually play with her, and each other in real life as opposed to a virtual environment, is a really special moment in the context of our collective journey this year”
Lucia McPartlin is a renowned and versatile traditional musician. She is most well known for her work with the band Strung, and the duo Lucia and Maria, as well as performing with Irish Women in Harmony. From Ballina, Co. Tipperary, Lucia is a highly decorated fiddle player having studied at both the Cork School of music and the University of Gothenburg. Lucia is also an experienced teacher and facilitator, teaching both internationally and here in Ireland at various events and festivals.
Speaking about Tradcamp 2021, Sinéad Blanchfield, Music Development Officer with Music Generation Kilkenny said “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with our Music Generation neighbours in Tipperary on this fantastic initiative. There is a wealth of young musical talent in both counties and the aim of the camp is to get young musicians together- playing, learning new tunes and skills, recording and having fun along the way.
Music Generation Kilkenny has been forging forward in 2021 with a great line-up of programmes and events across schools and the community in Kilkenny City and County. Since its inception in 2019, over 6,000 children and young people have participated in the programme.
The mission of Music Generation is to transform the lives of children and young people by giving them access to the breadth of high-quality performance music education, enabling them to develop their creativity, reach their full potential, achieve self-growth and contribute to their personal development within a vibrant music community.
Tradcamp is open to young traditional musicians aged 8 – 18 years, with a minimum of two years’ experience on their instrument. All instruments will be catered for, including traditional accompaniment on guitar.
The cost is €50 per participant for the 5- day camp including the LIVE and IN-PERSON recording experience.
Limited spaces available due to Covid-19 restrictions. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis so register now to avoid disappointment! Registration closes on Thursday 8th July.