Leitrim Equation 4

Leitrim Equation 4

- Eleanor Shanley, Dave Sheridan, Padraig McGovern and John McCartin.


Organised as part of Leitrim County Council's Arts Strategy, the aim of the Leitrim Equation programme is to promote and develop traditional music. For Leitrim Equation 4, the lead musicians are all seasoned exponents from Leitrim, namely Eleanor Shanley, Dave Sheridan, Padraig McGovern and John McCartin who together make a considerable musical force. The residency takes place over eighteen months and will see the group giving concerts, visiting community and school groups and leading music development projects in Leitrim. In particular musicians from Leitrim and from all over the country will have the opportunity to avail of a wide range of professional development and mentoring opportunities of which The Leading Edge is a crucial part.




As part of the Leitrim Equation Traditional Music Development Programme, musician and singer/songwriter Eleanor Shanley is leading a programme of professional development workshops for traditional musicians to enhance their skills in presenting on stage, marketing and promotion, how to get gigs, and how to get your music played on air. The programme is designed for traditional musicians and singers of all ages, but it is particularly suitable for those planning to make their living from traditional music.

Eleanor will be joined by musicians of international reputation and experts in each field including: Musicians Kevin Crawford, Cathy Jordan, Dónal Lunny, Charlie McGettigan and John Carty; Toner Quinn, The Journal of Music; Sandra Joyce, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance; Keith Conroy, Sound Engineer; Declan Drohan, Musician/Drama Tutor; Karen Ryan, Return to Camden Festival; & Aine Hensey, RTE Radio.

All five workshops will be held in The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
The fee for each workshop is €8 or you can book all five together for the reduced rate of €30.
To book call The Dock on 071 96 50828 or for further information call Leitrim County Council Arts Office 071 96 21694 or go to www.leitrimarts.ie.



Saturday 4th October 10.00am - 3.30pm
In this workshop, musician, writer and publisher of The Journal of Music Toner Quinn, shares some tips on creating materials to help promote your career, along with sales and marketing approaches that every musician needs to know. The workshop will include direction on producing biographies, press releases and website content. Toner is joined by Sandra Joyce, Director, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance who will talk about the further career pathways open to traditional musicians.

Saturday 11th October 11.00am - 4pm

One of Ireland’s foremost singers, Eleanor Shanley and sound engineer Keith Conroy demonstrate how to present yourself effectively on stage, develop confidence as a performer, choose repertoire, work with your equipment effortlessly and enjoy yourself! As part of a peer review workshop, participants perform informally to each other on stage with full technical back up. Guidelines for how to get the best from your performance will be provided by Eleanor, Keith and singer/songwriter and broadcaster Charlie McGettigan.

Friday 31
st October 8.30pm
Bringing together all four Leitrim Equation residencies, Eleanor Shanley talks to world renowned musicians Kevin Crawford from Lúnasa, Cathy Jordan from Dervish and Dónal Lunny about their personal journeys to becoming professional musicians, sharing tips, advice and tricks of the trade that every musician needs to know.

November 1st 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Eleanor Shanley chairs a panel with three people whose knowledge and experience every musician needs to tap into to get their names out there and their music heard. Maureen Carty – Racket Records and Leitrim Equation; Karen Ryan – Director, Return to Camden Festival, Aine Hensey– Producer & presenter, RTE Radio 1 & RnaG.

Saturday November 8
th 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Declan Drohan, musician and lecturer in Performing Arts conducts a workshop about communication, confidence and stage presence for musicians. Dealing with nervousness, being heard and making communication with your audience as fluid and fluent as your playing.



Primary Schools Programme

We are asking any interested primary schools in Leitrim to let us know if they would like the current group to come and visit them. As part of the visit each participatin school will link up with other people in the community with an interest in traditional music. This could be members of an active age group, and ICA group, a group of parents who play music or any other group from the community. On the day, the children and the people from the community will share local songs and tunes with eachother and with the Leitrim Equation musicians. We would hope that some of these songs and tunes would make their way onto subsequent recordings that the group would be making as part of the residency.



About the musicians

One of Ireland’s foremost singers, Eleanor Shanley, from Keshcarrigan is renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish traditional and folk songs and has been at the top of her profession since her first appearance as the singer with traditional group De Danann. Eleanor has released seven solo albums and guested on numerous others and was nominated for a Meteor Award in 2005. Piper Padraig McGovern was taught by master piper P.J. Flood and developed his music as a member of the Ceolas Céili Band under the tutorship of Fr. John Quinn of Gortletteragh. A highly regarded tutor of the Uilleann Pipes, Padraig has toured extensively with CCÉ and recently released a new CD Forgotten Gems with Peter Carberry. Multi instrumentalist Dave Sheridan from Killargue was described by Hot Press as having "a highly accomplished free flowing fluid style, with sound technique and solid driving rhythm”. He has recorded two highly acclaimed albums, "Sheridan’s Guesthouse" and "Drivin' Leitrim Timber" and has recorded with many others including De Danann and Téada. John McCartin from Newtowngore is both a guitar and fiddle player. In 2008 he received an MA in Traditional Music Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. John’s proficiency with guitar accompaniment has brought him to most prominence, playing with many noted bands including Lúnasa and Dervish.



Further information

For more information on the Leitrim Equation, contact Leitrim County Council Arts Office on 071 9621694. Musicians, schools or song/tune writers interested in taking part in the individual programmes should contact Maureen Carty at maureencarty1@gmail.com or 071 96 68063.



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