re:CENTRING

Portlaoise

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THE ARTS IN LAOIS ARE
re:CENTRING IN PORTLAOISE

Celebrating the return of audiences to the arts, Dunamaise Arts Centre is proud to present the finale of re:CENTRING Laois, funded by the Arts Council’s Faoin Spéir/In the Open initiative in collaboration with Music Generation Laois and Laois County Council, on Sunday 29 May. Taking place between 2 and 5pm, Fitzmaurice Place, Portlaoise will be transformed into a haven for the arts that will feature an extravaganza of FREE entertaining activities and performances for all to enjoy.

The Bandwagon House Band, fronted by well-known Laois Singers James O’Connor and Nuala Kelly, will kick off the afternoon’s entertainment! The Bandwagon House Band is made up of Ros O’Meara on drums, Denise Boyle on fiddle, Siobhan Buckley on harp, David Harte on bass and Tommy Fitzharris on flute and concertina. These musicians are well-known in music circles in the midlands, and as Musician Educators with Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music.
The Bandwagon, a mobile music venue, first shot to prominence when it appeared in Trailer Park in Electric Picnic in 2019, to festival-goers delight. Since then, the musician collective known as The Bandwagon House Band have performed at events all over County Laois.

The programme on the day will include music workshops in ukulele led by professional musicians from Music Generation Laois – all instruments provided and a drumming circle, led by world percussionist Eddie O’Neill. These workshops are open to ages 7 upwards, adults are also welcome.

A very special performance by Dublin-based Afro-Brazilian Dance group, Criola Dance, will be a highlight of the day. Criola Dance is the expression of afro-Brazilian culture through music and dance, celebrating the joy, spirit and resilience of an underrepresented community. Criola Dance has performed at All Together Now, Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Culture night, Five Lamps Festival and more, and their energetic performances include opportunities for all ages to get involved, and is simply not to be missed.

Sásta, a trad three-piece made up of Ruaidhrí Tierney (box), Dale McKay (bodhrán, guitar) and David Harte (double bass) will also perform as part of this family-friendly event. Sásta are a new Portlaoise band, who have received great public response since they starting performing together in 2021.

Maria Corcoran and guests will encourage audience members of all ages to try out various circus skills throughout the afternoon and families can also enjoy a fun-filled performance by Circo Corcano!

Artworks created throughout the re:CENTRING Laois programme will be on display and attendees of all ages can try their hand at Pavement Chalk Art and Paint a Plant Pot fun!  

re:CENTRING Laois has brought a range of free arts events across seven months, to open spaces and venues in seven towns across Laois including Stradbally, Abbeyleix, Rathdowney, Portarlington, Mountrath, Mountmellick and Portlaoise. Curated by artists who are leaders in their field of expertise, programmes in each town featured a colorful mix of music, theatre, visual art, dance, poetry and film for all to enjoy. The artists curating the events and related workshops included musicians Jack L and Siobhan Buckley, dancer Emily Kilkenny Roddy, poet Pat Boran, circus and street theatre artist Maria Corcoran, visual arts curator Kevin Kavanagh and filmmaker Ken Wardrop, as well as emerging young curators from Laois, Pauline Dunne, Alannah Murray and Ruaidhrí Tierney.

Although Covid 19 and yellow weather warnings tried to spoil some of the plans, postponements and alternative arrangements for workshops and events were put in place where possible, to continue to bring artists and audiences together despite the many challenges. 

re:CENTRING Laois has reignited and also created many new connections with artists, community groups, town organisers and audiences over the past year. The organisers are very grateful for the welcome received in each town and the enthusiastic response from participants.

Music Generation, the Arts Office and Dunamaise each programme year-round shows, classes and events in Dunamaise Arts Centre and Laois Music Centre in Portlaoise; The Arthouse Stradbally, as well as their wide-ranging outreach programmes across schools and community spaces across the County. If you are part of a community group or an artist interested in connecting for a creative project (in any artform!) contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 057 8663355 to explore what can be done together with support from Dunamaise – your County Arts Centre! 

re:CENTRING Laois is a county wide arts initiative developed by Dunamaise Arts Centre, in partnership Music Generation Laois and Laois Arts Office and is funded by the Arts Council Ireland’s In the Open / Faoin Spéir programme and Laois County Council.

Full schedule of events and times to be published shortly. See social pages for details or check back here.

re:CENTRING Abbeyleix

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THE ARTS IN LAOIS ARE

RE:CENTRING IN ABBEYLEIX

Celebrating the return of audiences to the arts, Dunamaise Arts Centre is proud to present the next stage of re:CENTRING Laois, which parks up in Abbeyleix, funded by the Arts Council’s Faoin Spéir/In the Open initiative in collaboration with Laois County Council, on Sunday 3rd April. Taking place between 12 and 6pm, Abbeyleix will be transformed into a haven for the arts that will feature an extravaganza of FREE activities and performance for all to enjoy, led by curator Emily Kilkenny-Roddy.

The Main Square in Abbeyleix will be a hive of activities with performances by the towns inimitable folk group Abbeyfolk at 2pm, which will be followed by various performances by local groups including Laois Youth Dance Ensemble, Ohr Dance Company, Abbeyleix N.S. and Music Generation Trad Group. Local musicians Alannah and Jonathon Murray will take to the stage for sumptuous jazz tunes from 3.15pm and artist talks will take place at 3.45pm from Aileen Donovan and Abbeyleix FETC. More music will be performed by Brian Killeen and Shadybird from 4pm and at 4.30pm, an amazing performance by dance artist Sibéal Davitt, with accompanied by Goitse supergroup founders and members Áine McGeeney and Colm Phelan will have the audience astounded which will be topped off with Afro Brazilian dance performance by Criola Dance at 5pm.

Yoga workshops will take place at The Mind & Body House which will feature live accompaniment by percussionist Dale McKay and harpist Siobhan Buckley. Between 2 and 6pm there will be a series of basket weaving workshops in the community Garden that anyone can join run by Cathy Hayden.

Alongside the amazing entertainment on the day, there will also be an arts/crafts market and small food market in the main square as well as walkabout performances by circus artist Maria Corcoran of Circo Coranco.

re:CENTRING Laois has been bringing a range of free arts events across seven months, to open spaces and venues in seven towns across Laois including Stradbally, Abbeyleix, Rathdowney, Portarlington, Mountrath, Mountmellick and Portlaoise. Curated by seven artists, who are leaders in their field of expertise, programmes in each town will feature a colourful mix of music, theatre, visual art, dance, poetry and film for all to enjoy. The artists curating the project include musicians Jack L and Siobhan Buckley, dancer Emily Kilkenny Roddy, poet Pat Boran, circus and street theatre artist Maria Corcoran, visual arts curator Kevin Kavanagh and filmmaker Ken Wardrop.

re:CENTRING Laois is a county wide arts initiative developed by Dunamaise Arts Centre, in partnership Music Generation Laois and Laois Arts Office and is funded by the Arts Council Ireland’s In the Open / Faoin Spéir programme and Laois County Council.

re:CENTRING Mountrath

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PRESENTING SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN MOUNTRATH

WITH INSPIRING EVENTS IN THE OPEN!

Celebrating the return of audiences to the arts, Dunamaise Arts Centre is proud to present A Sunday Afternooon in Mountrath as part of re:CENTRING Laois, funded by the Arts Council’s Faoin Spéir/In the Open initiative in collaboration with Laois County Council, on Sunday 27th March. Taking place between 2 and 6pm, Laois musician Kean Kavanagh who shortly embarks on an Irish tour and performs at Electric Picnic 2022, will join a host of other artists on the day with an eclectic range of music, visual arts, theatre and dance providing the entertainment.

 

Featuring free live and In the Open, Artists Nevan Lahart, Ella de Burca and Dermot Claffey will display their work and present demonstrations for onlookers. A specially built stage will feature performances by Dancers Jean and Ciara Kennedy, Musicians Kean Kavanagh and Jonathan Murray with The Union Key Quartet and Actors/Theatre-writers Jimmy Kavanagh and Emma Finnegan, all curated by Kevin Kavanagh.

 

Shannon Street will be a hive of activity and as Sunday 27th March is also Mothers Day, this will be the perfect opportunity for members of the community to stroll through Mountrath and explore and enjoy the arts on their doorstep! The festivities in Mountrath will kick off at 2pm with Nevan Lahart, a highly renowned artist doing live portrait painting. Nevan will be under a marquee between 2 and 6pm, painting portraits of two active members of the community in Mountrath – publican Johnny Purcell and Niamh O’Hara.

On stage at 2pm will be the Kennedy Sisters. Jean and Ciara Kennedy from Mountrath started Irish dancing in St. Fintan's Hall when they were just three years old. They danced competitively with The Lynam School of Dance for over 20 years, winning All Ireland and International titles. The pair started dancing professionally during their degrees in Dublin City University and have been gigging all over the world since. Both school teachers, the sisters are also completing their TCRG examinations to qualify as Irish dance teachers and look forward to inspiring the next generation. The Kennedy sisters are delighted to get the opportunity to perform at Faoin Spéir for their family and friends.

The Union Key Quartet will take to the stage at 2.45pm. This quartet are a new, young group made up of musicians from across Ireland. Each member is a student studying Music at Cork School of Music, Located at Union Quay, Cork City. The band performs Jazz Fusion and Classic Jazz Standards. Members include Jonathan Murray (Piano), Daniel Brazil (Drums), Michael Riordan (Bass), Darach O’Torna (Saxophone).

At 3.30pm, Theatre Maker Jimmy Kavanagh will perform a piece he prepared especially for Faoin Speir / In the Open Mountrath, with Emma Finnegan.

At 4.15pm, artist Ella de Búrca will take to the stage. Ella works through performance, sculpture and poetry to focus on how humans construct meaning, particularly from a female perspective. She is especially interested in how we perform as 'viewer,' and the discourse surrounding active versus passive experiences.

At 4.45pm, onlookers can look forward to Storytelling from by Johnny Renko (aka John Whelan), author of ‘The Last Beekeeper’; Slieve Bloom Sean Nós ballads by Paddy Fitzpatrick; and participate in Jabba Jabba Jembe Drum Circle with David Day.

Music fans will eagerly be awaiting a performance at 5.30pm by Kean Kavanagh, from Portlaoise, who performed at Electric Picnic in 2019 and is set to perform there again in 2022, following his Irish tour this spring. A long-time collaborator with Dublin artist, Kojaque, who he tours with in the US and Canada this May, he has also performed at Glastonbury, Other Voices and All Together Now as well as warming up for Lana Del Rey in Dublin.

Cofounder, producer and A&R of Irish Label Soft Boy Records, Kean, had previously pulled the strings behind the scenes; but is now becoming one of the most exciting names on the emerging music scene. A story-teller, word-smith and dexterous musician with a strong imagination, Kean’s career is set to project far beyond his Irish roots.

A sculptural installation piece by artist Dermot Claffey will also feature on the day in Mountrath.

re: CENTRING is a county wide arts initiative developed by Dunamaise Arts Centre, in partnership Music Generation Laois and Laois Arts Office and is funded by the Arts Council Ireland’s In the Open / Faoin Spéir programme and Laois County Council.

re:CENTRING Mountmellick

Triona Marshall (Harp) and Martin Tourish (Piano Accordion) and Guests

Mountmellick Community Arts Centre

Sunday 20 February, 3pm

A free programme of music is set to come to Mountmellick on Sunday 20 February at 3pm. World renowned harper from Mountmellick – Triona Marshall – will perform alongside Martin Tourish, a virtuoso Piano Accordion player from Donegal.

Triona Marshall is well-known for her career with The Chieftains, as well as performing in a solo capacity and in many other notable collaborations. Triona was principal Harpist with The RTE Concert Orchestra for many years. Martin Tourish is well-known as accordionist with Donegal Trad Supergroup, Altan. Martin and Triona have toured regularly together, this free concert is a unique opportunity to hear the duo perform in Laois.

Martin Tourish has worked extensively with Music Generation Laois over the past number of years. This special concert in Mountmellick will include Martin’s recent collaborative composition with the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, ‘The Impossible Dream.’ This suite of music is inspired by the achievements of Portlaoise Aviator, James Fitzmaurice, who was part of the first transatlantic flight from East to West in 1928. Over 30 musicians will take to the stage of The Mountmellick Community Arts Centre to perform ‘The Impossible Dream.’

Also joining this musical feast, are The Harpettes, a young harp group from Co. Laois, featuring lots of young Mountmellick harpers.

This programme of music was curated by Siobhan Buckley, Music Generation Laois Harp Tutor and Director of the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra. As part of the programme of events for re:CENTRING Mountmellick, outreach music concerts will also take place in local schools. A very special collaboration with the members of Yarn Bombing Mountmellick will also be on display.

In the Open/Faoin Spéir is a special funding scheme developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis to bring a renewed spirit of optimism and confidence in a fulsome return to the arts.

re: CENTRING Laois is a county wide arts initiative developed by Dunamaise Arts Centre, in partnership Music Generation Laois and Laois Arts Office and is funded by the Arts Council Ireland’s In the Open / Faoin Spéir programme and Laois County Council.

For further details, contact Music Generation Laois, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 057 8681782.

Concert details: Sunday 20 February, 3pm at Mountmellick Community Arts Centre. Google Map location: Click here No advance booking is required. Masks must be worn in the auditorium. Covid certs are no longer required, in line with most recent Government advice. Come early to avoid disappointment.

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re:CENTRING at Portarlington

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-re:CENTRING Invites all to Explore & Enjoy the Arts: 7 Towns, 7 Artists, 7 Months

Celebrating a return for audiences to the arts in seven towns across Laois, Dunamaise Arts Centre is proud to present a major new project entitled re:CENTRINGa combination of free, live events between now and April 2022, led by artists and curators with origins in and strong connections to the county. re:CENTRING, which is funded by the Arts Council Initiative In the Open /Faoin Spéir, takes place in collaboration with Laois County Council Arts Office and Music Generation Laois. The next event will be hosted by Portarlington in partnership with the Port Art Festival on Sunday 12 December.

re:CENTRING Laois will bring a range of free arts events for one day across seven months, to open spaces and venues in seven towns across Laois including Stradbally, Abbeyleix, Rathdowney, Portarlington, Mountrath, Mountmellick and Portlaoise. Curated by seven artists, who are leaders in their field of expertise, programmes in each town will feature a colourful mix of music, theatre, visual art, dance, poetry and film for all to enjoy. Maria Corcoran is the selected and exceptional performance artist curating the Portarlington re:CENTRING programme.

Music, Dance, Circus and Craic down at the Market Square from 12-8 on Sunday 12th. Live music throughout the day on the bandwagon with shows at 1pm and 3pm. Craft Fair and Art Exhibitions in the Parochial Hall all day.

Fire Show by Fireflies with Music Generation Laois at 4.30pm. This show will be repeated to allow for restricted audience capacity.

Childrens Luminaries Animation will then be projected onto the Market House (the old garage) until 8pm.

Look out for character sculptures and embroidery dotted around the square from the ‘Choir’ exhibition by Laois artist Ella de Burca, as well as stilt-walking, unicycling and Cosplay characters performing live street theatre.

All day people can view the exhibition: ‘Choir’ by Ella De Burca (Press Photographers Association of Ireland 2021)

There will also be an exhibition by Rebecca Deegan (in Parochial Hall)

Look out for Interactive Circus and Cosplay Characters entertaining people throughout the day.

Featuring Stephen McGinley, Tony Mahon, Angelica Santander; Masonicspoon, George McIntyre, Sasha McFloof, Chris “Lexi” Ward and Aid Kit Cosplay from CelticCon - Midland Comic Convention

From 5.30-8pm  ‘Children’s Luminaries’ - Animation Projection Show will feature a special looped animation of stories about the town and surrounding areas displayed on Market House. This animation uses drawings from the local school children of St. Patricks BNS and The Presentation Primary School.

In the Open/Faoin Spéir is a special funding scheme developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis to bring a renewed spirit of optimism and confidence in a fulsome return to the arts. The initiative will generate a sustained and curated programme of multi-disciplinary, inclusive, arts activities in public or open spaces in towns and communities around Ireland. Dunamaise is one of just sixteen such projects nationwide, awarded funding under this scheme.

Michelle de Forge, Director of Dunamaise Arts Centre, said:“We’re thrilled to be able to lead this innovative scheme in Laois together with our collaborators on re: CENTRING, Music Generation Laois and Laois County Council Arts Office. We’re excited to present a programme of innovative events for local audiences to enjoy in outdoor public places across seven towns - Stradbally, Abbeyleix, Rathdowney, Portarlington, Mountrath, Mountmellick and Portlaoise. We extend a warm invitation to all the community in each town to come and safely enjoy arts events again. We’re also delighted that the project will bring employment to the artists, curators, event and production managers involved, over the coming months”.

All events will be presented in line with current Government Guidelines and restrictions and capacities will be managed. Please follow instructions from festival stewards to ensure everyone’s health, safety and enjoyment of events on the day.

re: CENTRING is a county wide arts initiative developed by Dunamaise Arts Centre, in partnership Music Generation Laois and Laois Arts Office and is funded by the Arts Council Ireland’s In the Open / Faoin Spéir programme and Laois County Council.

Further info from 057 8663355

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