A group of extremely talented young Leitrim musicians will travel to Dublin this weekend to take part in the Irish Youth Music Awards. The Leitrim Light Orchestra will play to an expected crowd of hundreds at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday.
The band of musicians, who are affiliated to the North Connaught Youth Services and will play their lively set under their musical director and founder, Devon MacGillivary.
Set up just a year ago by Ms MacGillivary, this world music string ensemble has gone from strength to strength.
The group consists of both boys and girls aged between seven and seventeen-years-old from County Leitrim and the surrounding areas.
Last week saw the group perform with Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan on The Saturday Connection on Shannonside FM. There was no time to waste however as they quickly hurried back home to Leitrim and to Carrick-on-Shannon to play a support slot to singer and composer Inni-K at The Dock.
The young musical starlets also collaborated with the young songstress as the performed her composition ‘Come With Me’ as the finale to what was a magical show.
Inni-K’s autographed poster now hangs proudly in the Leitrim Light Orchestra’s rehearsal space at Drumshanbo Youth Cafe, thanks to Mary Taylor.
Following their appearance at the Lansdowne Road this weekend, the group will then perform at the An Tóstal Festival which takes place on May 29. They will play the St John’s Heritage Centre charity event in Drumshanbo.
The Irish Youth Music Awards are organised by Youth Work Ireland. The aim of the project is to encourage young people to learn more about all the jobs that take place around a band and get an understanding of the music industry.
Tickets are still available for sale on their website www.youthworkireland.ie.