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love:live music already has signed up over 200 free live music events around the country on 21st June and there’s still time to add your event to the growing list. love:live music is Ireland’s National Music Day, set to be on Thursday 21st June through free live music events in cities, towns and villages all over the country. Initiated by Music Network in 2010 and in association with RTÉ Lyric FM it is an open invitation to everyone to Make Music Everywhere! love:live music is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and The Arts Council. Music Network is revenue funded by The Arts Council.

Lá Ceoil Free Concert
A highlight event taking place in Dublin is Lá Ceoil, a free showcase concert in Dublin’s Meeting House Square on Thursday 21st June, 6pm–10pm, funded by the Arts Council supporting Traditional Arts. Lá Ceoil will draw inspiration from Ireland’s indigenous music and will
welcome an outstanding line–up of musicians including Buffalo in the Castle, We Banjo 3, The Unwanted, Tarab, Mick O’Brien, members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and DIT Traditional Music Ensemble and special guest Seán Mac Erlaine along with the world première of an exclusive commission by RTÉ Lyric FM composer in residence, Linda Buckley.

Elsewhere, Clonmel Junction Festival and the Common Thread Café in conjunction with South Tipperary County Arts Office present: Clonmel Loves Live Music, four hours of Free Music on the streets of Clonmel including an outdoor music trail and a special live collaboration featuring award–winning and critically acclaimed singer, Julie Feeney, the extraordinarily talented violinist, Cora Venus Lunny, exuberant and innovative harper, Laoise Kelly and the masterfully elegant and fluent guitarist, Niwel Tsumbu, and culminating with a classical chamber concert at the County Museum at 8pm.

love:live music coincides with International Music Day, June 21st, celebrated in 120 untries worldwide. love:live music, Ireland’s
National Music Day will see hundreds of unique, fresh and free musical performances across the country including: The Royal Irish
Academy of Music will present a live music installation from 12–3pm at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) in association with Crash Ensemble will inaugurate its first Tiny Desk Concert as part of
love:live music. This innovative music series aims to bring new Irish music out of the concert hall and into offices and workplaces,
inviting audiences to experience close encounters with new Irish music.

Ennis Town in association with BallyO Promotions presents Clare Connections, a live music gathering in the heart of Ennis, Co. Clare.

Also, a Samba percussion performance by Scoil Treasa Naofa involving children from 10–13 years of age from 11am on Grafton Street, Dublin.

Waltons New School of Music presents a Gospel Gathering at St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre from 6.30pm to 7.15pm.

Can, Percussion Trio, three masters of orchestral percussion lead a free percussion workshop, open to the public from 11am to 1pm at St.
Patrick’s Bandroom, Frenchville Lane, Galway. This event is presented in conjunction with Access Music Project and Macnas Comhaltas
Ceoltoirí Eireann presents a range of over eighty events throughout the country including céilís and open air sessions
Opera Theatre Company (OTC), Ireland’s national touring opera company, will present operatic favourites by the best of Ireland’s
young opera talent in the wonderful surrounds of the Powerscourt Town Centre, Dublin. OTC’s Young Associate Artists will present a glorious mix of opera’s greatest moments. Prepare to be treated to a lively musical experience, taking in arias from Mozart to Puccini.

A Solstice celebration at Lochtar na Cua Standing Stones in Waterville, Kerry with the Scottish Pipes and Irish harps and a dance

Events taking place in partnership with national and regional organisations include: An Post and Cairde na Cruite – an en–masse
harp performance at Dublin’s GPO and regional post offices around the country.

Drogheda Samba Festival partners up with Iarnród Éireann for a sensational countrywide train station samba soiree. Music Generation,
Ireland’s National Music Education Programme will host a programme of music events in Louth, Sligo, Mayo, Laois, Cork City, Wicklow and Donegal.

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