‘Irish Songs We Learned at School’ project with the legendary Irish Singer-Songwriter John Spillane.
Rath National School participated in the Music Generation Laois Singing Programme, and received monthly visits from the well-known musician from Cork, learning many of the Irish Songs We Learned at School that John Spillane recorded on the album of the same name in 2008. In addition some of the songs associated with the 1916 Rising, including ‘Grace’ and the ‘Foggy Dew’ was included in the songs covered in this schools project.
The project ran from September to November 2016 and culminate with a large scale concert on the 24 of November in Portlaoise, where John Spillane, Music Generation Laois Singing Tutor Lorna McLaughlin, and all the participating schools will performed, along with a live band. All the pupils were amazing and done us proud.
We are very lucky to have Lorna McLaughlin, an amazing singer and musician from the band “The Henry Girls” tutoring the pupils of Rath NS at present. Thank you Lorna!
The Harp Programme
The harp is an ancient Irish instrument and variations of the harp can be found in many cultures across the world. We at Rath National School are very lucky to have Music Generation Laois Harp Programme. Siobhan our specialist harp tutor takes six groups of children per week from 3rd to 6th class and teaches them both classical and Irish harp, providing tuition and ensemble playing on small lap harps. The children work hard to prepare and showcase their talents for concerts through out the year.