I’ve been meaning to write this the past few days to tell you all about the wonderful few days I had in Tralee Co Kerry for the IMRO Christie Hennessey Songwriting Festival.
I drove down last Friday after stopping off first at Everest Music Bray to play some new beautiful new Richwood guitars, my particular favorite being the SWG-150=CE – Richwood Master Series handmade ‘Songwriter’ guitar.
I noticed also when I was in the store that I made the front cover of the Richwood guitar brochure (photography by Michael kelly) so I was on cloud 9 as I embarked on my journey to the Kingdom for what would be a magical few days.
I arrived at The Ashe Hotel in Tralee where I would spend the next 3 nights and had the most wonderful stay. The Ashe could not have been any more accommodating and anyone who knows me knows that I love my cup of tea so I was extra happy to find that a pot of tea at The Ashe Hotel certainly does not disappoint. It’s huge…loads of refills. I was a very happy girl
Friday night I played The Troubadour Club hosted by none other that the amazing Francie Conway. It was an honour to share the stage with so many incredible performers including my great friend Mike Hanrahan of Stocktons Wing. One of my personal highlights of the weekend was the grand finale performing with all the artists which you can watch a snippet of below. Huge thanks to the amazing Thomas Donoghue and all the team for for the wonderful sound.
Here are some pictures below of the night. Special thanks to Kieran Connolly for the images.
The following day we all headed up to perform at the Tralee soup kitchen which was another of my personal highlights. We were greeted with the warmest welcome and met some really lovely people.
After that, the Christie Hennessy plaque was unveiled outside of Christie’s birthplace. It was an honour to perform at the unveiling accompanied by Francie Conway. You can watch a snippet below. With special thanks to Traleetoday.ie for posting the video…You’ll also hear it was rather windy that day…
Saturday night was the IMRO songwriting competition and it was a great privilege to be invited to join the panel of judges. 10 finalists performed after being chosen from 200 and my gosh was it a difficult task to choose one winning song…All the songs and performers were phenomenal and each deserving of the number one prize of 1,000 euros. Curtis Walsh scooped the title and you can watch a video of his performance below. A fabulous night was had by all.
Pictured below with Keith Johnson from IMRO and one of the judging panel, a gorgeous person and vocal trainer, Lisa Curran
Sunday I got to hang out with my great friends Petra and Dirk.We went to a fab little pub called The Railway Tavern in Camp then onto Cassidy’s for dinner….It was just yummy….
Monday was my final day in Tralee and I spent it with the very talented students of Mercy Mount Hawk secondary school and their music teacher Karen O’Carroll conducting a songwriting workshop. The group wrote a fab little song which I’ll post at a later date…
So the IMRO Christie Hennessy Songwriting festival was once again a huge success and I was just thrilled to be a part of it. Huge thanks to Kieran Ruttledge, Francie Conway, The Ashe Hotel, IMRO and everybody else involved for making it just magic….
Really excited to kick next weeks tour off with my brother John…
Check out the video below for a full list of dates and venues.
Chat to you soon,
I am so excited to announce that I will appear on RTÉ 1’s Nationwide this Friday October 27th at 7pm.
Last May I conducted an IMRO songwriting workshop at St Declan‘s Community College, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford. RTÉ 1’s Nationwide filmed the workshop and later called in for a cuppa and a chat.
The episode will be aired this Friday October 27th at 7pm.
On Monday night I announced via a live Facebook stream that I’ll be playing some shows this November!!!!
You can watch it back below……
Over the coming days more tour dates will be announced but in the meantime please see list of venues below….
Nov 3rd – Troubadour Club Tralee Co Kerry
Nov 16th – Boyles of Slane Co Meath
Nov 18th – Gallery Wine Bar Westport Co Mayo
Nov 19th – The Gallery Sessions Gort Co Galway
Nov 20th – The Secret Garden Cafe Galway
For tickets and further information please go to http://www.luanparle.com/shows
For some time now, I’ve been writing for my new album which I hope to release in 2018. I’m very excited to try out some of these new tunes that I’ve been working on while also playing songs from my back catalog.
I’m also super excited to announce that I’ll be joined onstage by my brother John. Watch a video below from a recent TV performance during our Summer tour in Slovakia.
Spread the word and can’t wait to see you there,
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;