Monthly Archives: March 2013

GET YOURSELF A TEXAN AT WALTONS!

Check out the Epiphone new Inspired by 1964 Texan (only €369)! Since its introduction in 1958, the Epiphone Texan has been the choice of countless musicians including Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton and Noel Gallagher. In fact, McCartney wrote and recorded ‘Yesterday’ on his 1964 Texan and still uses it on stage today. Now, Epiphone brings back the Texan combining all the great features of the original with modern updates for today’s musician.

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Gibson designate 2013 ‘The Year of Les Paul’

Gibson USA honors Les Paul, the avid inventor, expert player, creative sound engineer, and Gibson’s long-time partner by making 2013 ‘The Year of Les Paul’.  If you haven’t already been in to see them, Waltons, Gibson’s only official ROI dealer, have some gorgeous 2013 models including the Gibson Les Paul Studio 2013 in Alpine White (€1289) and the Les Paul Traditional 2013 in Honeyburst (€1,849). Check out the tribute to Les Paul by Gibson with everything you could possibly want to know about the history of the man, his guitars and what he contributed to the modern guitar as we know it. LPMS-LesPaul1

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Waltons Music for Schools 2013 Competition Finalists Videos

Now is your chance to take a look at the 12 finalists’ entries in the Waltons Music for Schools 2013 Competition which were announced on Friday 1st March on RTE lyric fm! Six Primary and six Post-primary schools from Counties Galway, Cork, Laois, Monaghan, Dublin, Limerick, Clare and Wicklow have made the finals of the competition and will be competing at the National Concert Hall on Monday, April 8th, to win first, second and third prize Waltons vouchers for €3000, €1500 and €500 worth of musical instruments and equipment. To view the Primary school entries click here and to view the Post-primary entries click here or go to our dedicated Waltons Music for Schools YouTube channel and view this year’s and last year’s entries!

To stay informed and up-to-date about Waltons Music for Schools competition, sign up for Waltons Music newsletter or Waltons New School of Music newsletter.

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ABSOLUTE MAGIC! BOBBY MCFERRIN at NCH last night & tonight

BOBBY-McFRN-web-adLast night we saw the magic of Bobby McFerrin working ‘in the moment’ with the gorgeous dancer Máire Dee and an inspired group of musicians including Kate Ellis, Robbie Harris, Emer Mayock, Úna Ní Fhlannagáin, Nick Roth, John Sweeney and Francesco Turrisi. You really had to be there to appreciate this fantastic collaboration in making music ‘in the moment’. There’s another chance to experience this amazing musical event – there are still some tickets available for tonight’s performance when Bobby will be singing, dancing and playing with a new combination of artists including Cindy Cummings – Dancer; Kate Ellis – Cello; Robbie Harris – Bodhrán; JPTrio (Ted Kelly, Jos Kelly, Paddy Hazleton) – Banjo, Button Accordion, Cajón Kit; Emer Mayock – Irish Flute; Francesco Turrisi – Piano, Accordion, Percussion.

Tickets from nch.ie (no booking fee)
One performance: €40, €50, €60 (choir balcony €25)
See the Waltons World Masters Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland web page for more information.

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DON’T MISS BOBBY MCFERRIN at the NCH Wed 6th & Thurs 7th March!

BOBBY-McFRN-web-adTickets still available (from €36)for Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland at the National Concert Hall, Dublin on the 6th and 7th March. A ten-time Grammy Award winner, Bobby McFerrin is known for music-making that transcends the boundaries of language, culture and genre. He has inspired audiences around the world with his legendary solo vocal concerts and collaborations with artists ranging from YoYo Ma and the Vienna Philharmonic to Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Chick Corea and Taj Mahal.

Artists performing with Bobby McFerrin in a unique two-day celebration of creativity and collaboration are:
Wednesday, 6 March: Maire Dee – Dancer; Kate Ellis – Cello; Robbie Harris – Bodhrán; Emer Mayock – Irish Flute; Úna Ní Fhlannagáin – Harp; Nick Roth – Soprano Saxophone, Flutes; John Sweeney – Guitar; Francesco Turrisi – Piano, Accordion, Percussion
Thursday, 7 March: Cindy Cummings – Dancer; Kate Ellis – Cello; Robbie Harris – Bodhrán; JPTrio (Ted Kelly, Jos Kelly, Paddy Hazleton) – Banjo, Button Accordion, Cajón Kit; Emer Mayock – Irish Flute; Francesco Turrisi – Piano, Accordion, Percussion

Tickets from nch.ie (no booking fee)
One performance: €40, €50, €60 (choir balcony €25)
Both performances (10% discount): €72, €90, €108 (choir balcony €45)

See the Waltons World Masters Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland web page for more information.

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Waltons Music for Schools Competition 2013 Finalists Announced!

We’ve just announced our finalists on RTE lyric fm! In case any of you missed the moment, the following 12 schools have made the finals of the competition and will be competing at the National Concert Hall on Monday, April 8th, to win first, second and third prize Waltons Music vouchers for €3000, €1500 and €500 worth of musical instruments and equipment:  

Our six Primary school finalists – in alphabetical order – are:

Barefield National School, Ennis, Co. Clare

Gaelscoil an tSlí Dála, Borris-in-Ossory, Co Laois

John Scottus Primary School, Donnybrook, Dublin

Kilbrittain National School, Co Cork

Knockanean National School, Ennis Co. Clare

St. Patrick’s Boys National School, Portarlington, Co. Laois

Our six post-primary school finalists – in alphabetical order – are:

Coláiste Raithín, Bray, Co Wicklow

Crescent College Comprehensive School, Limerick

Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan

Pobalscoil Iosolde, Palmerstown, Co. Dublin

Presentation College Headford, Co Galway

St Vincent’s College, Castleknock, Co Dublin

We will be posting profiles of the finalist schools early next week, as well as their entries, on the Waltons, lyric fm and National Concert Hall websites, so do have a look, listen and enjoy. Remember that the Waltons Music for Schools competition is an annual one, so if your school wasn’t a finalist this year, start thinking of your entry for 2014!

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WALTONS MUSIC FOR SCHOOLS COMPETITION FINALISTS ANNOUNCED THIS EVENING ON LYRIC FM!

Music-for-schools-blog-image-2013At last, the day has come for all those schools who entered the 2013 Waltons Music for Schools Competition! Lorcan Murray will be announcing the 12 fantastic finalists – 6 Primary schools and 6 Post-primary schools – who have been selected by Waltons and Lyric fm to perform in the National Concert Hall on the 8th April, 2013. Congratulations to all the schools who entered – the entries were absolutely wonderful – and if you didn’t make it to the final this year, we’ll look forward to seeing you in 2014! So tune in this evening to Liz Nolan’s Classic Drive between 4.45 – 5.30 and hear the news. And stay tuned for more details of the finalists, including their video entries, which we’ll be posting over the next week.

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