It may seem there’s little to celebrate these days, as our Euro 2012 hopes were shortlived and Jedward’s Eurovision ambitions, but all things aside musically Ireland is as rich as ever.

love live musicThis Thursday the nation will rejoice once again to celebrate the diverse musical talent that exists the length and breadth of the nation.With many world renowned artists hailing from our shores, U2, Thin Lizzy, Sinead O’Connor, Rory Gallagher, Enya - the list goes on and on, there is plenty to celebrate on the music front. 'Love:live music' will recognise National Music Day through a wide host of free music events all across the country. International Music Day is celebrated in 120 countries worldwide and through the vast array of events organised Ireland is holding its own by showcasing its unique culture and talents.

A highlight event, La Ceoil, will be held in Meeting Square, Dublin from 6pm to 10 pm. This will include performances from Buffalo in the Castle, We Banjo 3, The Unwanted, Tarab, Mick O’Brien, members of the RTE Concert Orchestra and DIT Traditional Ensemble. Special performances will come from Sean Mac Erlaine and RTE Lyric FM composer in residence Linda Buckley with a world premiere of an exclusive commission. The event is non ticketed and the public is invited to attend throughout the evening.

Among the many other events throughout Dublin include Steve and Joe Wall (The Walls, The Stunning) entertaining lunchtime audiences in Temple Bar and a hip hop evening in conjunction with Working Class Records and First Music Contact (FMC), showcasing some of Ireland’s leading rap artists . Iarnrod Eireann are also supporting the event by treating passengers on the 11.10am service from Dublin Heuston to Waterford to a full live performance by electronic two piece, White Collar Boy cleverly entitled Trainspotting with White Collar Boy. Other train stations across the country will be graced by samba performances from Irish, French and German groups in conjunction with the Drogheda Samba Festival.

Elsewhere throughout the country Clonmel is offering four hours of free street music . This will include an outdoor music trail and a special collaboration of renowned artists, Julie Feeney, Cora Venus Lunny, Laoise Kelly and Niwei Tsumbu, followed by a classical chamber concert at the County Museum at 8 pm. In Kerry a solstice celebration will be held at Lochtar na Cua Standing Stones in Waterville with Scottish pipes, Irish harps and dancing.

With over 200 events already registered anyone can get involved and host their own event to join in on this celebration of music and culture. Events can be registered on the website Love:live music with the aim of National Music Day being to promote access to live music to everyone and highlight the importance of music in individual lives and society, demonstrating its power to rejuvenate spirits even through times of doom and gloom.

So whether you’re a performer or better suited to the enjoyable role of onlooker there’s no better way to enjoy the longest day of the year than joining in on a feast of musical treats to suit all tastes.



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