Latest Laois Event: Music at Stradbally’s Malthouse returns with great lineup

Latest Laois Event: Music at Stradbally’s Malthouse returns with great lineup

Music at the Malthouse, Stradbally, an annual festival by Music Generation Laois, takes place across 4, 5 and 6 of May.

Music at the Malthouse features unique musical collaborations between young musicians from Music Generation Laois and guest musicians.

On Thursday 4 May at 7pm, Music at the Malthouse will open with a dynamic Trad/Folk/ World music trio made-up of Kentucky fiddler Liz Knowles, Niall Vallely on concertina and Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu presented by Music Network.

On Friday 5 May, the headline act at the festival is US Harp Ensemble, The New England Irish Harp Orchestra. Also performing on the Friday night concert is the Music Generation Laois Harp Orchestra and Junior Trad Group, and the Laois School of Music Junior Youth Orchestra (7pm show).

On Saturday 6 May at 7pm, the festival will culminate with performances from the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, Trad Group, Uilleann Pipes Quartet, and The Harpettes, and the Scottish harp-fiddle duo, Catriona McKay and Chris Stout.

The beautiful Malthouse venue in Stradbally is a magical setting that gives audiences a very rare opportunity to attend a concert in a historic Malt House that is privately owned, and wonderfully restored as a contemporary residence.

The MGL Trad Orchestra perform at the Music Generation Laois Music at the Malt House concert in Stradbally. Picture: Alf Harvey.

Tickets are €10, a concession rate of €5 is available for under 18s and seniors. Tickets are on sale on

Music at the Malthouse is supported by the Music Generation/ Arts Council Partnership Creativity and Collaboration Fund.

Music Generation Laois is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education. Locally Music Generation Laois is part of Laois Offaly Education and Training Board and Supported by Laois County Council.

The Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, directed by Siobhan Buckley performing at the Music Generation Laois, Laois + Franklin, Tennessee, Gala Concert in The Malthouse, Stradbally. Photo: Alf Harvey.