This Monday October 9th I’ll be streaming live at 6 PM (GMT) on my Facebook page and announcing some very exciting news.
Be sure to tune in and spread the word….
I’ll also have the guitar at hand 😉
Chat to you then,
AN INTRODUCTION TO SONGWRITING – 5 WEEK WORKSHOP in association with wicklownews.net
Signup by filling out the contact form and include your age; http://www.luanparle.com/
Commencing Wednesday October 04th – Wednesday November 01st
6.30pm – 7.30pm 11 – 15 years
7.45pm – 8.45pm Adults (16 and over)
Cost € 120
Have you ever wanted to write a song? Well Wicklownews.net and Luan Parle have joined forces to bring a 5 week songwriting workshop course exclusively to the wicklownews.net Head Quarters commencing this October. If you would like to put your name forward for the workshop please send your name and age to [email protected] and you will be contacted shortly. Places are limited so don’t delay.
Over the past 10 years, Luan has been bringing songwriting & performance workshops to people of all ages around Ireland through her own company LPR Records, through IMRO, Music Generation, The International Literature Festival Dublin among other organisations.
Luan held a songwriting workshop with the transition year girls from Presentation Secondary School Clonmel in association with IMRO for RTE’s Big Music Week some years back. The song written during the workshop titled ‘My Hero’ became a great success and was released for St Vincent De Paul Charity two weeks before Christmas reaching number 7 in the Irish charts. Paddy Power was even taking bets for a Christmas number 1. You can watch the video below…
The workshop is one hour per week for 5 weeks and focuses on songwriting & performance. The workshop participants will also learn about the day to day workings of the music industry from a professional musician and receive guidance if looking to pursue a career in music.
RTE’s Nationwide recently filmed and covered one of Luan’s songwriting workshops which will be aired at a future date.
In April of this year Luan brought 5 songwriting workshops in association with IMRO to 5 secondary schools around the country including CCM in Wicklow. She was so impressed by the song written during the workshop that she organised for producer Gavin Ralston to visit the school and record the song with the students. Luan released the song as a single through her own record label LPR Records on September 22nd 2017 and donating all proceeds to The Irish Heart Foundation for prevention of Heart Attacks and Stroke and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The single was launched by Minister For Health Simon Harris, went straight to no,1 in iTunes and no.10 in the official single download charts Friday September 29th.
See first hand the workshop in action here;
This Friday September 22nd sees the release of ‘Your Love Still Guides My Way’ by students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Wicklow.
In April of this year, I teamed up with IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) again to bring 5 songwriting and performance workshops to secondary schools throughout Ireland.
One of the schools chosen for the workshop was Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Wicklow. I was so excited to revisit my old secondary school and see some of my old teachers but nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced when I walked into Miss McAdam’s 2nd – 6th year music students class. I was immediately taken by the students ability to play all their own instruments amazingly well. I knew instantly that this group of young people were very special.
I normally start my workshops by asking the students what’s going on in their lives at that moment as I feel it’s important that they write a song that’s personal to them. Straight away, one young girl called Irlanda started to speak about visiting her dad in hospital who has been recovering from a stroke for 5 years. I was touched immediately having only lost my own dad 4 months previous after battling a massive stroke for 5 years.
Other students starting opening up about their loved ones who are suffering from Alzheimer’s & other illnesses and by the end of the workshop ‘Your Love Still Guides My Way’ was born.
I felt the song was so special that I called my good friend Gavin Ralston who then visited the school to record and produce the song with the students who performed and played all instruments themselves. Colm Flynn was on hand to film the recording on the day.
The students were an absolute pleasure to work with and it was just lovely to see the encouragement within the classroom among the students and their teachers, a testament to a wonderful school that really cares.
This Friday September 22nd the single will be released with all proceeds being donated to The Irish Heart Foundation (for the prevention of heart attacks & stroke) and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The single is available to pre-order from iTunes for just 99 cent here
Watch the video below….
Please like, share and spread the word,
I’m so excited to announce that the official video for Your Love Still Guides My Way by Students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin will go live at 9am tomorrow morning on Coláiste Chill Mhantáin’s Facebook page which you can view here
The single will be released next Friday September 22nd (Culture Night) with all proceeds being donated to The Irish Heart Foundation (for the prevention of heart attacks and stroke) & The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
I am delighted to announce that I’ll be performing at The 8th Annual Celebration of Christie Hennessy & Songwriters which will take place on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th of November.
I’m delighted to tell you that I will be performing at The Ashe Hotel Tralee Friday November 3rd at the Troubadour Club.
I was involved in the very first celebration, performing & hosting songwriting workshops in secondary schools throughout Tralee so it is a great honour to be invited back again this year.
On Saturday afternoon there will be music related events and in the evening the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest. The weekend has now become a main platform for songwriters in Ireland and I am very excited to perform….
Keep an eye out in tour dates for ticket information,
So I’ve been meaning to write this for a long time and have only just found time to sit down and do it!!!
I have had the most amazing summer this year, touring Finland, Germany and most recently Slovakia.
At the start of June, Clive & I flew over to Finland for the second time this year to play The Country and Folk Festival in beautiful Heinola alongside our pal Mundy and very special guests. We had a fabulous time seeing all our Finnish & Irish friends and played a couple of tunes onstage with Mundy. You can watch a short clip here of ‘Dead Flowers’
Clive & I flew from Helsinki airport to Düsseldorf Airport to embark on our 11 date tour of Germany. It was my first time in Germany so I was extremely excited. We met our booking agent the wonderful Petra and her lovely husband Dirk and what a friendship was formed. We had the most amazing tour, saw some incredible places and made lifelong friends, with plans to return in November 2018.
During our show at the incredible Synagoge Ahrweiler we had the great pleasure of Dirk Eisenburger joining us onstage to perform Ghost. It was such a treat…Petra managed to capture the performance on her iPhone which you can watch below…
I have uploaded some pictures below from the trip…
After Germany my brother John & I returned once again to Slovakia to headline The FestDobréRybníky. 9 years ago I met festival promoter and my great friend Cali when I played his festival FestDobréBohunice for the first time and have been returning to play ever since. In recent years, John has been joining me onstage which has been incredible and every year we make wonderful new friends. This year, performed live on Slovakia’s biggest TV show Televízia Markíza on the breakfast show Teleráno. You can watch the interview & live performance below..
I have included a few pictures from the trip below..
I had to upload this video, although I’m sure the boys don’t even remember me taking it
Another highlight from our trip to Slovakia was meeting the wonderfully talented Laura Peterson. Laura is phenomenal singer and joined us onstage for 3 songs at Hotel Kristina, Dubnica.. I have to also mention that Laura only heard the songs the morning before the show.
Cali managed to capture Laura performing Free with with us on his iPhone below…
After what has been a hectic year, I am taking a little time out now to continue working on my new album. I have a couple of other exciting projects that I will be working on also including the release of ‘Your Love Still Guides My Way’, a song that was written during one of my IMRO songwriting workshops in April with students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin . The song will be released as a single this September 22nd with all proceeds going to The Irish Heart Foundation & also The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
I am also very excited to announce that I’ll be performing at the Christy Hennessy Festival in Tralee County Kerry November 03rd alongside some of Ireland’s greatest talents so keep an eye out for upcoming events and projects.
Chat soon amigos….