Sofia and Ann Curran from The Downs playing the fiddle.

Music Generation Offaly Westmeath host instrument try outs

Music Generation Offaly Westmeath hosted an instrument tryout session yesterday for fleadh visitors.

The organisation set up stations inside and outside The Annebrook House Hotel for people to sit, play and learn from the music tutors.

It kicked off from midday with the uilleann pipes and the Na Píobairí Uilleann group.

Karen McCormack showcased the fiddle to guests inside, while the mandolin was played outside with John Byear.

Fleadh visitors also got the opportunity to play the bodhrán and banjo with Colin Hogg and John Byrne.

Gay McKeon showing Aiman aged 5, Madee aged 6 and Scott aged 7 how to play the uileann pipes.

Margaret Broome of Music Generation Offaly Westmeath said: “The turnout was fantastic.

“What's been great is the number of parents who have said that it was the first time that their children have had the chance to hold and try an instrument for themselves.

“It’s amazing how many adults came and wanted to try the instruments too.”

Music Generation Offaly Westmeath encourage young people in the community to play music and this event was a great display of that.

Margaret said: “It was great. The children got to dip their toes into trying different instruments and they got to see if they liked them or not. It's been super and so enjoyable.”

Kate aged 7 and sisters Siobhan and Caoimhe aged 8 and 12 playing the mandolin.