It’s almost the weekend folks & the sun is shining again in Ireland so I hope wherever you are in the world reading this that your Thursday is a good one.
There’s something very exciting happening next Thursday June 21st, Clive and I are so excited to play The amazing RIverbank Arts Centre Newbridge as part of Junefest.
During the month of May I visited The Holy Family Secondary School, Newbridge College & The Riverbank Arts Centre to conduct songwriting workshops with the 3 groups. During the 3 hour workshop, the groups composed an original song. On the night of the 21st the groups will open the show performing each of their original compositions. The songs sounded amazing back in May so I really cannot wait to hear how they have turned out in the meantime.
I’ll be joined onstage by the wonderful Clive Barnes who will accompany me as well as playing his own amazing solo set.
Hope you’re all feeling refreshed after the weekend…and it’s not over yet
I apologise for my lack of blogs lately, life has been a little hectic to say the least.
My most exciting news is that I’m back in the studio again and have finally started laying down track for my new album which I’m hoping to release later in the year. I’m recording it with the wonderful Thomas Donoghue at Broderick’s Studios Kilkenny and to say I’m ecstatic is an understatement.
I had a minor set back in that I had to have a couple of wisdom teeth removed. It was a little frightening as there was a possibility of some nerve damage due to the position of the tooth. As a gal who’s business depends on her voice this was horrendous to hear. Thankfully I had an amazing dental surgeon, Darren McCourt in Dalkey and the procedure couldn’t have gone better. I found being unable to talk for a few days the most difficult thing about the whole episode and dying to get back into the studio.
I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be one of the headliners on some incredible European Festivals this July & August including Festdobrérybníky Slovakia & Prázdniny v Telci Festival Czech Republic alongside our very own Glen Hansard. Dates are being added daily so keep an eye out here a full list of dates and details. I’ll be accompanied by my brother John Parle (percussion) & Slovakian dobro player Milan Benkovi?.
Pictured below with the bro and our great friend festival organiser Cali.
I popped up to Belfast recently to appear on NVTV Belfast’s The Big Interview with a great old pal Robin Elliott. Robin and I have known each other for over 10 years and I was so happy with the interview. It really helps when it’s somebody that you know & trust who is doing the interviewing. Watch full interview and performance below
June 21st I play June Fest at The Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge Co Kildare with Clive Barnes, June 23rd I join John Spillane & Sadhbh O’Sullivan for a Music Industry Talk as part of Midsummer Arts festival alongside Naas Co Kildare, during July, Clive and I have shows in Ratoath Co Meath & Wexford town before I head off to Eastern Europe.
Dates are being added daily and all venue details are listed here
So for now I’ll leave you as I’m getting packed to spend a few days away in Inis Mor…my first time and I can’t wait.
I’m so excited to tell you that the wonderful Deni Bonet has arrived in Ireland and will meet up with Clive & I this Monday morning April 9th to perform on RTÉ Radio 1’s Seán O’Rourke Show after 10am. For our overseas friends you can listen in online here
Next Friday April 13th, we play the legendary Tearoom Sessions Carrick-on-Suir, Saturday April 14th we return to Cleere’s Theatre Kilkenny & Sunday April 15th we make our debut performance at Moat Theatre.
For a full list of details and to purchase tickets you can do so here
Spread the word and look forward to seeing you there,
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…..