Outstanding Halloween_ART_Blues_Train_2musicians from the worlds of jazz, blues, rap, swing, pop and dance music to present workshops and performances especially created for children this mid-term break

The Ark, in Temple Bar Dublin, consistently brings world class artists, musicians, writers and actors together all with the common goal of creating exciting work designed especially for children. This mid-term there is a real treat in store as internationally renowned musicians gather at The Ark to bring young audiences on a musical adventure through the worlds of blues, jazz, dance, pop and swing.

With a programme of events running from 25 Oct – 1 November there is something for all musical tastes and talents.

The Ark welcomes back Nico Brown and Martin Brunsden for a gig full of songs, imaginative sound play, unusual instruments and a little bit of joyful chaos. To co-incide with the re-launch of Out of the Door of The Ark, an album of songs by Nico Brown and Martin Brunsden two very special concerts will be held on Sat 25 Oct at 12pm and 2.30pm. Aimed at ages 3-8, family audiences will hear the sounds of the double bass, singing saw, harp, accordion, thumb pianos, mandolin, concertina, swanee whistle, guitar and other strange instruments they might have never even seen before.

For ages 2-4, saxophonist Nick Roth is creating a very special magic-themed workshop for ages 2-3 and ages 3-4, Inspired by the work of Miles Davis in the 1970s and given a suitably Halloween twist! (26 & 27 Oct)

Harmonica player and guitarist Michael McInerney will bring audiences on a journey into the mellow world of the blues. This is a hands on workshop suitable for total beginners and participants will have a chance to try their own hand at the harmonica small wind instrument you play with your mouth to make groovy blues sounds. (27 Oct & 1 Nov)

Angie (Minnie) McLaughlin and her band (the Illywhackers) are known for their quirky and fun mix of swing, Hawaiian, jazz/blues songs and on Bank Holiday Monday 27 Oct at The Ark will perform a Transylvanian themed concert especially for children and families. Presented in partnership with the Bram Stoker Festival.

Rapper GMC will be in the house on 28 & 29 Oct helping children aged 5-12 to create their own funky rhymes and kicking beats in this active, fun beginners rap workshop.

For a slightly older age group (10-12) there is a chance to learn how to be a music producer and create your own dance music track. Gavin Timlin will introduce you to some real professional studio software before you create your own track and fully record it. 28 & 30 Oct (note this is a longer workshop of 2 hours 30 mins to allow time to learn how to use the software).

There are also plenty of chances for young musicians to join in at the open drop in pop music jams and in Dracula’s Spooky Basement music lab (presented in partnership with Bram Stoker Festival). On Halloween Day itself, DJ Moschops is back to spin more decks for our monster music mash up complete with facepainting and spoken word sessions. 31 Oct.

See www.ark.ie for full details


THE ARK is a unique, purpose-built cultural centre in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar, where children aged 2 -12 can explore theatre, music, literature, art, film, dance and more. The programme of world class performances, exhibitions and creative workshops changes every few weeks, so audiences both young and not so young can expect a different experience every visit.  www.ark.ie


Online: www.ark.ie

Phone: +353 1 670 7788

The Ark gratefully acknowledges the support of its principal funder the Arts Council and also its other annual supporters: the Department of Education and Skills, Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Dublin City Council. The Popular Music week is supported by IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation).


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