Trio show the way to ukulele
Music Generation Mayo, as part of its Music Residency programme, is offering an opportunity to young people aged eight to 18 years to take part in a three-month music programme facilitated by The Ukulele Trio.
This residency will focus on learning musical skills and song-writing with the ukulele and will culminate in performances at Féilé Ukulele, Mayo’s own dedicated Ukulele Festival, which takes place in Castlebar on the weekend of July 6, 2013.
The Ukulele Trio – Johnny Fadgin (soprano ukulele and vocals), Barbara Trawinski (tenor ukulele and vocals) and Shane Gannon (vocals, ukulele and percussion) – formed in 2010 as part of the Mayo Art Squad Community Music Programme, and they regularly perform for community events and in healthcare settings throughout the county.
Their repertoire ranges from traditional to contemporary as well as material composed by the trio themselves. Their unique approach to teaching is inclusive, versatile and a whole lot of fun for those involved.
“We are delighted to work with Music Generation Mayo in providing this fun-filled and accessible opportunity for young people to engage with the ukulele, an instrument that has gained huge popularity in recent years,” said facilitator Barbara Trawinski. “Ukuleles are provided to participants during the residency which removes the barrier of accessing an instrument, and with three tutors involved we can focus on learning to play the instrument, arrangements, song-writing and performing, so it’s suitable for complete beginners as well as seasoned young musicians.”
Music Generation Mayo is a music education service for children and young people in the county. It is part of Music Generation – Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network and funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds.
For more information visit the Music Generation Mayo website, www.musicgenerationmayo.ie, or call 094 9024188. The deadline for applications is Thursday April 11. Place are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.