Sounds good to play

Susan Motherway, ITT, Tina O’Callaghan, Knocknagoshel, Joe O’Shea, Tralee, and Paul Quirke, Listowel, launch into action at Kerry Sound Live. Pic: Domnick Walsh
Susan Motherway, ITT, Tina O’Callaghan, Knocknagoshel, Joe O’Shea, Tralee, and Paul Quirke, Listowel, launch into action at Kerry Sound Live. Pic: Domnick Walsh

YOUNG people who lack educational or training opportunities will be given a chance to explore and develop their music skills in the second Sound Live programme at Tralees Institute of Technology.Sound Live is a six-day residential programme supported by professional musicians that provides personal development training through music.Students aged between 18 and 25 yea

By Aidan O’Connor

YOUNG people who lack educational or training opportunities will be given a chance to explore and develop their music skills in the second Sound Live programme at Tralee’s Institute of Technology.

Sound Live is a six-day residential programme supported by professional musicians that provides personal development training through music.

Students aged between 18 and 25 years can learn about song writing, improvisation and various aspects of survival in the music industry.

The programme has run successfully in Northern Ireland since 2000 under the auspices of the Prince’s Trust in partnership with Queens University and the North Down and Ards Institute for Higher Education.

Twenty-five students attended the course last year in Tralee, some of whom have gone on to develop careers in the music business.

Paul Quirke from Listowel, who took the course, now has his own group, Hanks Plan. He will be a tutor on this year’s programme and he recently worked as a tutor in the Derry Sound Live event.

“I enjoyed putting back what I got out of it last year: basically I help the musicians to see what musical ambitions they have and to see what are the blockages that stop them, and then we can help them to source information and opportunities to move on with the music,” he told The Kerryman.

Sabrena McKiernan from Tralee also participated last year and will be helping on this year’s programme with her musical skills as well as her computer training.

A recognised and talented singer, Sabrena is blind and has completed advanced computer courses at Kerry Education Service and FAS.

She was one of a number of people with a disability participating in last year’s course, but pointed out that people should see the ability and not the disability.

“The course last year showed that to a lot of people, when everybody went on the stage of Siamsa Tire for the final night’s concert,” Sabrena said.

Those attending the course this year will also face the challenge of presenting a public performance of their work at Siamsa Tire on 30 October, the final night of the course.

The course runs each day at the Institute of Technology and the residential base for all participants is Collis Sandes House in Tralee. Participants will work together to develop their talents; they will learn about music making, song writing, the music business, PA systems and digital recording.

According to Kay Fitzgerald, Head of the Department of Business Information at the ITT and co-ordinator of this year’s programme, the six-day training is intensive, but it’s also good fun for the young people involved who have the best instruments and equipment and music technology available for the week.

The course, which is free to all participants, will take place from Monday 27 October to Saturday 1 November.

Application forms will be available at a number of centres throughout the county including the ITT, Radio Kerry studios, FAS offices, Údaras na Gaeltachta, Dingle, and social welfare offices.

Application forms are also available on -line from www.creedonandcreedon.com/kerrysoundlive2003.

Closing date for completed application forms is Wednesday 15 October.



Young people between 18 and 25 with a passion for music and who are not full time students can apply for this week-long course.





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