Hope you all survived the Beast From The East & Storm Emma.
I must admit that I did enjoy the snow….a lot and took full advantage of not being able to go anywhere 😉
However, I am so excited now that the snow has disappeared to be back on the road again.
March 24th Clive Barnes and I will play The Village Theatre Athenry, March 25th we play The Black Gate Cultural Centre Galway & March 31st we play The Visual Carlow. All incredible venues so we really cannot wait.
For a full list of details and to book tickets online you can do so here
Feel free to spread the word and look forward to seeing you there,
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Below you can check out RTÉ 1 Nationwide’s recent coverage of the workshops….
ANINTRODUCTIONTOSONGWRITING – 4 WEEK WORKSHOP
Have you ever wanted to write a song?
Luan Parle & Gaelscoil Osraí have joined forces to bring this exclusive songwriting workshop to Kilkenny.
The workshop is one hour per week for 4 weeks and focuses on songwriting & performance.
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.
A Little About Luan
Meteor & Tatler Award winner Luan Parle has had numerous hits & accolades. Her top 10 hit single ‘Ghost’ spent three months in the Irish Charts and was the most played Irish single of that year.
Parle signed her first record deal at just 12 years of age and has written and recorded with some of the worlds most successful songwriters & producers including Grammy award winning Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crowe, Michael Jackson, Prince, Travelling Wilburys, Elton John) & Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Roy Orbison, Cyndi Lauper, The Pretenders, Whitney Houston, The Bangles, Celine Dion).
Parle signed with Elton Johns Management Company Twenty First Artists and Sony Music Ireland.
Parle is a director of IASCA – Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers And Authors
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…
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. Luan organised for producer Gavin Ralston to visit the school and record the song written during the workshop with the students.
Luan released the song through her own record label LPR Records on September 22nd 2017 donating all proceeds to The Irish Heart Foundation for prevention of Heart Attacks and Stroke and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The single which 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.
So whether you are looking for a career as a songwriter or just as a hobby this is the workshop for you…..
For some time now, I’ve been writing songs 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 from a recent TV performance during our Summer tour in Slovakia below
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 – TroubadourClub 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 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.
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
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,