Tommy Tiernan launches ‘Let’s Laugh’

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Kids invited to make music online with Whistleblast Quartet

Ciara Moynihan

Twinkly-eyed comedian Tommy Tiernan has launched the WhistleBlast Quartet’s 2021 Music Composition Programme – and it looks like a real gem for creative young minds and budding musicians all over the land.
Tommy joins group members – including Westport musician Mary Curran – in a fun-filled video launching ‘Let’s Laugh’ and encouraging all young people to get involved to make music together. There’s even an endearing rendition of ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ from The Life of Brian, led by Tommy himself, with the Whistleblasters joining in.
The WhistleBlast Quartet (Conor Linehan, piano; Ken Edge, saxes and clarinets; Oonagh Keogh, violin; and Mary Curran, French horn) has been working with 200 students nationwide, both face-to-face and online.
This year, it is expanding its programme by offering free virtual masterclasses to every mainstream and special-needs school in Ireland and beyond.
Mary, who also the quartet’s director, said the group is thrilled to have such a high-profile name on board. “We were delighted to have the support of actor, comedian and television presenter Tommy Tiernan, who is no stranger to creating wonderfully imaginative ideas through words and laughter. He reminds us that anyone can use their imagination… It’s as easy as whistling!,” she said.
“Presently, there can be tricky times for teenagers – however, young people everywhere can benefit from watching WhistleBlast’s virtual presentations, which are carefully designed online resources, aimed at providing the necessary tools to help them express themselves through musical composition and performance.”
All musical styles and performance abilities are catered for, and everyone is welcome to join in the uplifting ‘Let’s Laugh’ programme. Each week, a newly created short video will include a step-by-step guide to writing lyrics and composing melodies.

Check out the ‘Let’s Laugh’ launch video featuring Tommy Tiernan at, where you can also find out more about the free virtual masterclasses with WhistleBlast.