From dedicated performances, participatory events, workshops, an extensive band camp for young musicians, and free entry to concerts as part of our new Young Musician’s Card scheme, IMBOLC Festival works with young people in many different ways. 

IMBOLC Young Musician's Card

Are you aged 18 or under? Would you like to attend concerts at IMBOLC Festival for FREE? Sign up now for our Young Musician’s Card. Young Musician’s Card holders are entitled to one free ticket plus one half price adult ticket to any concert during the festival (with the exception of Transatlantic Sessions).

To be eligible you must be aged 18 or under on 27 January 2019 & play a musical instrument or be part of a choir.

Click here for more information.

Singing for fun for 7-11 year-olds

Tuesday 15, 22 & 29 January
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Free (Advance booking is essential)

Specially for IMBOLC Festival, choral director Maurice Kelly and our artist-in-residence Jack Warnock will work with children from across the city – introducing them to the joys of singing. They will take part in fun music-based activities and together will develop arrangements of several songs which they will perform on January 29 at an informal lunchtime concert.

Places are limited, so please register soon!

All-Access Trad Workshops

Monday 28 January & Monday 4 February
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
10:00 – 12:00

Accessibility and inclusion is central to the ethos of the festival and supporting access to music-making for people with special needs is a vital expression of that philosophy. During the festival, community musician, Amanda Koser and music therapist and fiddle-player, Josie Nugent, will lead a series of music-making workshops with children and young people with special needs.

During these informal, fun sessions, participants will work on acquiring skills in rhythm and melody and work together to create a performance.

The Trash Bash Band

Wednesday 30 January
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
10:00 – 12:00
Free (Advance booking is essential)

Lose yourself in these fun, hands-on environmentally-themed music workshops and unleash your creativity by turning waste materials into basic percussive and tuned musical instruments.

Our relationship with waste and our role in caring for the planet will be explored through fun musical exercises, song singing and up-cycling. Using their newly created instruments, participants will explore music-making as the Trash Bash Band.

Note: No musical experience or training necessary. Please bring your own waste materials.

Introduction to sean-nós dance for 7 – 11 year-olds (with Deirdre Kerins)

Thursday 31 January | Déardaoin 31 Eanáir
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Free (Advance booking is essential)

This workshop is designed to introduce children to old style sean-nós dancing. The tutor, Deirdre Kerins, has won various awards in national sean nós dancing competitions and is currently teaching Sean Nós dance classes and workshops all over Ireland. This promises to be a fun and entertaining workshop!

Return of Spring (Music Theatre)

Thursday 7 February
11:00 & 13:00 (Relaxed performance)
45 minutes approx
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
?2 per pupil

Every year in Whistleberry Forest, the creatures of the forest look forward to the end of the frosty Winter, and to the beginning of Spring. This year was a little different however, as Springtime had arrived much earlier than usual. All the hibernating animals, except for Huggy the hedgehog, were still curled up fast asleep. Huggy must go on an adventurous musical quest in search of evidence of Spring if he is to convince his friends that it is time to wake up!

Produced by Ceol Connected, this wonderfully interactive performance is led by Thomas Johnston (whistles, song, and uilleann pipes) and Púca Puppets’ Niamh Lawlor. Directed by Emelie Fitzgibbon. Set design by Eve Fisher.

Suitable for children ages 3-5 and their adults.

Schools Concert: Cuig

Friday 8 February
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
Doors: 09:30 | Start: 10:00
Free (Advance booking is essential)
More info here

This Irish five-piece band from the North of Ireland are tearing up the rule book with their bold approach to their native musical tradition. Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, ‘New Landscapes’, for which Cúig were awarded ‘Best New Irish Band 2016’ by the Irish American News, they have taken both sides of the Atlantic by storm having toured extensively in the US, Europe and Ireland. Comprising Miceal Mullen (banjo, mandolin), Rónán Stewart (fiddle, uilleann pipes, vocals), Ruairí Stewart (guitars), Eoin Murphy (button accordion) and Cathal Murphy (drums, guitars, vocals), Cúig look set to continue this success with the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, ‘The Theory of Chaos’.