Music concerts aimed at our senior citizens

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Music concerts aimed at our senior citizens

Gene Yore gene.yore@dundalkdemocrat.ie@DundalkDemocrat

A series of concerts bringing music to communities of older people in County Louth during Bealtaine Festival 2016, programmed by CreateLouth, the Arts Service of Louth County Council.

“Musical Memoires” brings professional musicians from the concert stage into local care settings, hospitals ,nursing homes and senior citizens clubs, so that all members of our communities can access professional live music regardless of their circumstances and in comfortable and familiar surroundings.

Building on previous engagements with theatre companies and musical ensembles, the series of concerts will both stimulate and revive memories of past musical experiences.

The Musical Memories Ensemble, featuring Gráinne Hope, Cello, Julie Maisel, Flute, Brendan McCreanor, Uilleann Pipes, and Liam Merriman, Voice/Guitar, will bring a programme of popular classics and old-time favourites into six settings throughout Louth in May.

Concerts will take place in Carlingford Nursing Home, St. Gerard’s Senior Citizens Club, Dundalk, St. Oliver’s Hospital, Dundalk, The Birches Alzheimer’s Centre, Dundalk, Ardee Daycare Centre, and The Barbican Centre, Drogheda, 041 9807416.

Brian Harten, County Arts Officer explains – “Music has the capacity to inspire creativity.  Music also has the ability to prompt recollections and reminiscences of days gone by.  Both of these properties of music are in evidence in “Musical Memories”, as some of Ireland’s finest musicians will perform for a wide cross section of older people in Louth”.