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Michael Rooney


John Carty


Lorraine Sweeney

Recruitment for young trad musicians aged between 12 and 18 is now underway as the Music Generation Leitrim Youth Trad Orchestra prepares to perform at the "Joe Mooney Summer School" in July 2022.


The participants will work alongside Michael Rooney, John Carty and Lorraine Sweeney and perform local music and original compositions at the Festival. 

Leitrim, and the northwest generally, is regarded and recognised for its traditional music going back many generations, and the ongoing work of individual musicians, music teachers, festivals and organisations has given rise to a great number of exciting and ambitious young musicians ready to carry that tradition forward into the future.

Young people in the region have several opportunities to learn traditional music through a variety of excellent music education providers. In Leitrim this is also supported by active Comhaltas branches in Ballinamore, Drumsna, Drumshanbo and Glenfarne promoting traditional music through regular classes and activities. 

While the genre is well served in many ways in terms of learning, Music Generation Leitrim Youth Trad Orchestra provides the opportunity for young musicians to further develop, compose, experiment and innovate. The aim of the Orchestra is to add to what already exists by establishing a framework for a large ensemble of young traditional musicians to play and learn together, to develop new compositions and to generate exciting new performance opportunities for young people.

As a member of Music Generation Leitrim Youth Trad Orchestra, young musicians will take part in weekly rehearsals/workshops, perform in Leitrim and around Ireland, and get to visit and take part in joint events and activities with other orchestras and music projects around the country.

If you are a young traditional musician aged between 12 and 18 years and can play to a good standard, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for young musicians from Leitrim and the surrounding counties to become part of this exciting music project.

Weekly rehearsals will take place in Drumshanbo on Monday evenings from 6.30pm to 8pm. Those interested in joining can apply to become a member HERE.

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