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Students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin To Release Charity Single This Friday September 22nd

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Hey guys,

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,

Luan x


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Official Video For Your Love Still Guides My Way by Students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin Live At 9AM Tomorrow Morning!!!

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Hey guys,

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.

The single is available to Pre-Order now on iTunes now for just 99 cent here
The story started back in April when I teamed up with IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) to conduct a songwriting & performance workshop with 2nd – 6th year students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin, Wicklow.
The theme the students chose to write about focuses on loved ones suffering from a stroke, Alzheimer’s, and other illnesses which is perfect timing as September is #strikebeforestroke month.
The students recorded ‘Your Love Still Guides My Way’ performing all instruments with producer Gavin Ralston.
Many thanks to Colm Flynn for directing the video, Elaine Porter for the single artwork, IMRO for believing in the project, Séamus Carroll, Gavin Ralston & a special thanks to the wonderful students & teachers of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin.
I am also very excited to announce that I have joined forces with Wicklownews to bring a 5 week songwriting workshop exclusively to the wicklownews.net HQ wicklow town commencing this October. If you would like to put your name forward for the workshop please fill out the form by clicking here, or email [email protected]om and include your name, age and email address and you will be contacted shortly. Places are limited so don’t delay….
AN INTRODUCTION TO SONGWRITING – 5 WEEK WORKSHOP
Wednesday October 4th
Wednesday October 11th
Wednesday October 18th
Wednesday October 25th
Wednesday November 01st
6.30pm – 7.30pm 11 – 15 years old
7.45pm – 8.45pm Adults (16 and over)
Cost – € 120
Location – Wicklownews HQ Wicklow
Luan xx

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Summer Touring in Finland, Germany & Slovakia……

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Good morning :)

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’

I have also uploaded some pictures below from the trip…

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….

Much love,

Luan x


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Headlining FestDobréRybníky Slovakia July 29th

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Hi guys,

John and I are so looking forward to returning to Slovakia next week to headline FestDobréRybníky July 29th.

We will play two other surprise shows while we are in Slovakia, following the festival.

You can purchase tickets for FestDobréRybníky here

Last week we recorded a little message to all our Slovakian friends and a live performance…you can watch below…

Enjoy and we look forward to seeing you there,

Luan xx

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Luan Parle & Clive Barnes Play Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival @ Birr Theatre & Arts Centre August 11th

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Hi folks,

Clive Barnes and I are so excited to play the Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival at the Birr Theatre & Arts Centre Co Offaly on the closing night of the festival Friday August 11th at 8pm.

Tickets are selling fast so purchase yours online now (and choose your own seats) here for €15

I will be popping into Newstalk 106 – 108fm on Sunday (August 23rd) to chat with Bobby Kerr & perform a couple of tunes live in studio ahead of the festival. You can listen in online here

For more about the Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival check out their website here and for more about Birr Theatre & Arts Centre check out their website here

Look forward to seeing you there,

Luan x

A little about the festival

Turn back time in the beautiful Georgian heritage town of Birr and revel in its contemporary culture with a dynamic range of vintage and modern events for all ages during the 48th Annual Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival.

The all-inclusive programme includes the fantastic opening parade with its display of vintage, equestrian and community entries; artisan and craft market; the Ormand Flying Club’s Annual Fly-In and display; the Olde Time Traditional Fair; busking competition; free children’s events; antiques and fine art fair; a donkey derby; live music; sporting and literary events; nightly pub entertainment; and a spectacular fireworks display which will illuminate the skies above the town.

The Arts play a central role with a visually stunning and exciting visual arts trail, theatre performances, contemporary dance classes, film screenings and workshops in various mediums taking place across the town. With annual favourites and new events, vintage flavour and modern entertainment throughout, Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival promises to be an exciting and vibrant event celebrating this unique town’s remarkable heritage and culture inspiring participation and enjoyment in all those who make the effort to come out and sample the varied programme in this wonderful setting.

 


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Coastguard Cultural Centre Tramore Co Waterford Tomorrow May 05th

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Waterford friends….

Tomorrow night Friday May 05th, Clive Barnes and I play the stunning Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore Co Waterford.

With limited availability we advise to reserve tickets in advance by calling 051 391656.

Tickets are priced at €15, showtime 8pm.

Watch our recent TV performance here

https://www.facebook.com/luanparle/videos/1502521996433744/

Looking forward to seeing you…
Luan x


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Live On KCLR FM Tomorrow Morning Ahead Of IMRO Songwriting Workshops

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Hi folks,

I’m delighted to tell you that I will be live on air with the very lovely John Masterson on KCLR FM tomorrow morning just after 11am.

I will be chatting with John about my upcoming songwriting workshop in Muine Bheag Vocational School Bagenalstown Co. Carlow this Monday morning.

I am partnering up with IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) to bring 2/3 hour workshops to 5 selected secondary schools in Ireland funded by IMRO.

You might remember a few years back I held a songwriting workshop with the transition year girls from Presentation Secondary School Clonmel in association with IMRO for RTE’s Big Music Week.

The song written during my 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.

The workshop will consist of two / three hours focusing on lyrics, melody, songwriting & performance, Q & A and a  fully composed song written by the end of the workshop which the participants can record on their phones etc and perform.

Dates / times and locations are as follows;
April 03rd – Muine Bheag Vocational School Bagenalstown Co. Carlow 9-11 am 
April 04th – Presentation School Wexford – 9-11am
April 24th – Colaiste Chill Mhantain Wicklow 9-11am
April 27th – Scoil Mhuire Clane – 12pm – 3.45pm (including lunch break)
May 03rd – St Declan‘s Community College, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford.10am – 1pm
Listen in live on kclr96fm and don’t forget to text and tweet the show :)
Text 083 306 9696
Tweet @kclr96fm
Luan x

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Winner Announced Tonight At 9PM For Ticket Giveaway & Overnight Stay

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Hi guys,

Thank you all so much for entering our competition to win two tickets to see Clive Barnes and myself play at Mick Murphy’s Ballymore Eustace on 10th April, an overnight stay in a fabulous suite for two people sharing AND full Irish breakfast at the stunning 4**** luxury Killashee Hotel & Spa Kildare courtesy of Killashee Hotel & Spa.

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You have still time enter the competition…Simply LIKE the @Luan Parle Facebook page, like and share the post (It’s pinned to the top of the Facebook page) and tag who you would bring along for the chance to win.

The lucky winner will be announced on @Luan Parle Facebook page toight Friday 24th March at 9pm. T&C’s apply.

Good luck everyone and get liking and sharing.

Much love,

Luan x