More Ambassadors on Board

March 22, 2012

We're gaining momentum as we countdown to love:live music 2012. There is great excitement about the day with a range of events being planned throughout the country. All the details to be revealed in May....

But, in the meantime, we're delighted to have two new musical ambassadors on board. Take a bow, Linda Buckley and Laoise Kelly.


Linda Buckley, who is currently composer in residence at RTE lyric fm has this to say about her involvement in the plans for 21st June, "love:live music celebrates the rich musical diversity of the Ireland of today - I am honoured to participate in tracing the connecting thread from traditional Irish to classical, through contemporary and electronic trends of the here and now."

According to Irish Harper Laoise Kelly, "Ireland is, and has always been, unique on the musical world map. The harp has been the symbol of Ireland since 1270 so we’ve been known for music for a long time! We are the envy of the rest of the world in how music is such an integral, natural part of our culture. We need to celebrate this uniqueness rather than take it for granted. And encourage the musicians from other countries who always long to visit and collaborate to do just that."

So, we're in full flight with our plans for the big day. What will you be doing to celebrate on 21st June?



100 Days to Go to love:live music – International Music Day 21st June 2012

March 15, 2012

Calling all musicians, ensembles, venues and promoters - everybody! - to plan and register events for love:live music on Thursday 21st June 2012.

Now in its third year, love:live music continues to grow from strength to strength and this year, the event will take place on the Summer Solstice, Thursday 21st June to coincide with celebrations for International Music Day - Fête de la Musique.

The love:live music movement is a celebration of Ireland’s musical identity and aims to promote access to Irish music for everyone. 120 countries around the world will co-ordinate their national music day on Thursday 21st June and Irish musicians, both professional and amateur, are urged to occupy a stage and create a free music experience. Here is a guideline of simple steps to start:

  1. Have a think, speak with other performers/promoters in your area, and see what ideas come up.
  2. Now get your planning boots on and book, organize and plan your event time for 21st June 2012
  3. Once you have a solid idea, you can speak with us at love:live music or simply go ahead to step 4!
  4. Register your event on the website and get ready for a fun filled day and night

Whether you're a seasoned professional or a first-time event organiser, we want you to get involved! You could organise a regular gig or concert... or something a little more unusual! Last year over 160 musical events took place across 24 counties. Event organisers put on free shows in a huge variety of venues including, halls, schools, churches, libraries, pubs, outdoors- in short, everywhere and anywhere!

love:live music is presented by Music Network in association with RTÉ lyric fm and funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht.


Introducing the Ambassadors…

March 1, 2012

Aren't musicians great? Especially these ones: Cora Venus Lunny, Seán Mac Erlaine, Francesco Turrisi, Niwel Tsumbu and Julie Feeney.  Not only do they create and perform wonderful music, but they've also come on board as 'ambassadors' for love:lve music 2012. Here's what some of them have to say,

"Love:live music is a great opportunity to stand back and enjoy music in all its forms, played by all sorts of people in Ireland today. Music is celebration and it's for everyone and so is love:live music." Seán Mac Erlaine

"Recorded music is widely available and easily accessible to everybody today. For this reason I believe that an event like love:live music is a vital reminder to audiences and musicians that live performance is still the essence of making and enjoying music, for professional, amateurs and audiences alike" Francesco Turrisi.

"I am thrilled to be involved with love:lve music 2012.  The quality of music in Ireland is incredible and this event is a fantastic opportunity for musicians from all communities to come together in celebration of the wonderful music of Ireland" Niwel Tsumbu.

We'll be hearing more from our ambassadors between now and June, and they'll have a big say in how the event develops.  But for now, a massive thanks to them for pitching in.


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