24 February 2012

love:live music: (Inter)National Music Day, Thurs. 21 June 2012

Cora Venus Lunny, Seán Mac Erlaine, Francesco Turisi

Thanks to Sarah McDonagh for this news of a midsummer opportunity for all musicians. The love:live music movement, presented by Music Network in association with RTÉ Lyric FM and funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is Ireland's part in the Fête de la Musique, first held in France thirty years ago and now a worldwide programme of free musical events on the summer solstice (21 June) each year.

The Fête de la Musique is generally known in English as International (or World) Music Day, or as National Music Day in individual countries; there are also regional networks such as European Music Day. The Music Network press release says:

The love:live music movement is a celebration of Ireland’s musical identity and aims to promote access to Irish music for everyone. 120 countries around the world will coordinate their national music day on Thursday 21 June, and Irish musicians, both professional and amateur, are urged to occupy a stage and create a free music experience.

The release understandably emphasises 'Irish music', but this clearly comprehends 'music-making in Ireland': the projected events include classical, jazz, rock, and other genres. Among the many musical events that will take place on 21 June (there were 160 last year), we hope that bluegrass and old-time music will be clearly heard. Read the full details here and here.

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