Archive for August, 2014

Back, again

Baby Maggie Mai has turned 1 and I took time off this summer to move house and get us all settled in. We have moved to Clare, things of dreams for me even though our hurlers were knocked out early this year it is more than good to be home.

Coming back to a community music scene that has been boosted by Music Generation funding is both wonderful and over whelming. For years I have battled for community groups to understand and appreciate what it is we as community musicians do, so to be faced with a multitude of projects run by new faces is, again, both wonderful and over whelming.


Maggie Mai and Tiernan, keeping this community musician busy!

In my experience of working in Limerick City over the years, at community and academic circles I feel the approach adopted by MGLC is interesting, and one that is needed. Groups are being encouraged to play and perform, just do it! And they are! Now, there are certainly levels of community engagement that consider socio conditions and relationships, for example the early year’s pilot project I had a hand in rolling out. Relationships with adults, carers, schools, pre-schools, music, one another and a local educational charity are all considered and this is well placed, in the earliest point of their ‘formal’ learning. I have seen this confidence last because the tone is set early. I am very excited about this perhaps, inadvertent, but fresh no nonsense approach. That said, I have to re-imagine how I go about my business in these areas, consider the appropriate intent when working with the new music education diaspora. Looking forward to the year ahead, and attempting to get the early year’s label that has been placed on my head, shifted, to make room for my other areas of expertise! Watch this space, before I go back and do something silly like a HDip or a B.Ed! Heaven forbid…..