Tuesday, 9 April 2013


Imagine an Ireland where everyone in the country has the chance to learn to play a musical instrument, from the fiddle to the guitar, the drums or even the saxophone.

This is the driving ambition of Glaoch An Cheoil, a brand new series for TG4 produced by Mind the Gap Films.

The show aims to unite unused or discarded musical instruments with people who have always wanted to learn to play, but never had the opportunity. We are establishing 4 music hubs (one in each of the 4 provinces) – our Ulster centre will be in An Crannóg in Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal!

You can join our crusade in two ways:

Donate/loan an instrument or Sign up for free music lessons!

Do you have an old musical instrument lying under a bed, in the attic or shed, gathering dust in a corner? Perhaps it was bought with the best intentions but never played. Maybe it was handed down from a parent, grandparent or friend but hasn’t been used in years. Would you like to see this instrument being enjoyed by someone who has always yearned to play but never had the chance? Then please join our Amnesty for Instruments.

Or have you always felt that you have music in your soul? Have you longed to learn to play but never had the opportunity? Or did you once play an instrument and wish you’d kept it up? Maybe you play one instrument but would like to learn another? Then sign up for free lessons on one of our Amnesty days! (Lessons available to people aged 16+)

The Amnesty will start in Gaoth Dobhair on Saturday 27th April from 11am – 3pm

For those who bring an instrument we will have our assessor on hand to decide if it can still have a useful life and if needed, we will restore it for you. We appreciate that some instruments will have both a monetary and a sentimental value – we will guarantee that all instruments are fully insured while in the loan bank and, if loaned, will be returned to their owners in better shape than when they were loaned.

For those who want to learn come and tell us your story and what musical genre you’re most interested in, be it trad, rock, classical, or pop. We will pair you up with an instrument from our Glaoch an Cheoil loan bank and introduce you to a tutor to get you on the road to being a fully-fledged musician.

Each of our 4 centres will have a well-known and respected musician to act as a mentor, inspiring the community to get involved. The mentor for Gaoth Dobhair is renowned fiddle player Liz Doherty. Liz will also encourage those who are learning to play and make sure they are putting in the time and dedication required to master their chosen instrument.

This is an opportunity to give someone else the gift of music. An opportunity to have a musical instrument brought back to life. An opportunity to pass on a tradition that is an integral part of our colourful heritage.

For more information or to register your interest in loaning an instrument please go to our website www.glaochancheoil.ie, or email info@glaochancheoil.ie or call 0818 222 070

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