National Concert Hall presents ‘Tea Dance Tunes’ for May Festival

Throughout the month of May the National Concert Hall will present a series of live music concerts called ‘Tea Dance Tunes’, in six communities of older people in Louth as part of the Bealtaine Festival.

Throughout the month of May the National Concert Hall will present a series of live music concerts called ‘Tea Dance Tunes’, in six communities of older people in Louth as part of the Bealtaine Festival.

“Music has the capacity to inspire creativity,” said Brian Harten, the Louth County Arts Officer, “music also has the ability to prompt recollections and reminiscences of days gone by.

“Both of these properties of music are in evidence in Tea Dance Tunes, as some of Ireland’s finest musicians will perform for a wide cross section of older people in Louth.”

Vocalist Liz Ryan will be joined by Niall Kinsella on piano and accordionist Peter Canavan to perform popular ballads, songs from musicals and some light opera, with audiences encouraged to join in, sing along and dance.

The musicians have substantial experience in tailoring performances for care locations, through their involvement in Health in Harmony, a music outreach programme specially developed by the National Concert Hall and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, aimed at patients and families living with dementia.

“We believe passionately in the healing power of music and are delighted to be successfully partnering with Create Louth on this programme, said Simon Taylor, Director of the National Concert Hall.

“We believe that access to music enhances everyone’s life, but can particularly enhance the quality of life for patients in care settings, and inspire expression, through music, for them, their carers and families”.

Confirmed ‘Tea Dance Tunes’ concerts so far include Carlingford Nursing Home on May 20 at 11am, St. Gerard’s Senior Citizens’ Club, Dundalk on May 20 at 3pm, St. Oliver’s Hospital, Dundalk on May 21 at 11am,

The Birches, Dundalk on May 21 at 2pm, Ardee Daycare Centre on May 22 at 11am and The Barbican, William Street, Drogheda on May 22 at 2.30pm.

For more information, contact the Louth Arts Office at 042 9392950.