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Outstanding musicians to present workshops especially for children

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.

Lights, Camera, Music at The Ark

The Ark Lights Camera MusicThis May and June, The Ark is hosting a series of events combining music and film. “Lights, Camera, Music” is providing budding young musicians and their families with a taste of the worlds of music and film.

The cultural centre for children will be hosting a series of weekend workshops, schools workshops and fun family concerts over the course of the coming weeks.

As well as workshops for the tiniest musicians, a course for primary school music teachers and workshops by composer and saxophonist, Nick Roth and sound artist, Judith Ring, there will be family concerts with Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies and the Iberian Percussion Extravaganza.

This Saturday, pianist Elaine Loebenstein will be running a workshop called “Not-So-Silent Movies” in which she will set children’s imaginations alight in creating on-the-spot music for silent cartoons and early film comedies.

Composer, Karen Power, will host “Surprising Sounds in Technicolor” later this month, in which she will help children to listen to and discover the musical potential in all kinds of objects. Using the colour in films as a source of inspiration, she will be helping participants create soundscapes for the films.

In June, composer, Brian Irvine, will be hosting workshops packed with musical experimentation, exploration and creation. Brian has written music for Film Four, Sesame Street, and RTÉ, and in these workshops he will use film to inspire participants to create their own outrageous and imaginative improvised musical ideas.

For full details of all the Lights, Camera, Music events taking place in The Ark, visit their website at

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