Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

Saturday 13 June 2020

Beats, Rhymes and Recording Workshop with GMC Beats – 12pm

Open to ages 10-15 years. Email your interest to

About Garry McCarthy (GMC Beats) 

Garry McCarthy is a music producer, songwriter, rapper and youth workshop facilitator from Cork. Having the vibrant local and pirate radio scene as a launch platform, he has released 3 albums, penned a top 20 hit with “Not Tonight – The Bouncer Song”, performed at Electric Picnic, The Marquee in Cork (opening for Flo Rida), and wrote the Cork GAA anthems “Give us back Sam Maguire” and “Do the Jimmy Barry Murphy”. Garry’s style brings witty, edgy and local lyrics over a wide variety of self-produced beats while remaining true to his accent and identity.

Garry has facilitated the creation of almost 1000 songs at over 2500 workshops since 2009.

More about GMC Beats

Virtual Trad Recital with Creative Tradition- 2pm

Our musical partners at Creative Tradition are looking forward to hosting a virtual recital to celebrate the end of term and Cruinniú na nÓg on June 13th here on Facebook and on YouTube as part of Cruinniú na nOg 2020.

Watch the recital HERE 













Music Generation Laois Online Open Mic Night – 8PM

A creative music platform for young people aged 12-18 living on the island of Ireland.

This project seeks to connect with young musicians from across Ireland. Young people submit a video of their original music songs/tunes/compositions/raps/electronic music by May 29th. All entries will be viewed by a panel of professional musicians from Music Generation Laois. This panel will choose a selection of entries to be showcased at the Open Mic Night on the 13th of June 2020.  2 prizes will be awarded to exceptionally creative entries and prize-winners will be announced on the night. Selected entries will be live-streamed at the Online Open Mic Night on Saturday 13th June @ 8pm on the Creative Ireland Laois YouTube Channel, as part of its Cruinniú na nÓg celebrations!

National Prize:  Win 1 day recording in Golden Egg Studios world-class recording facility in Co. Laois.

Open to any young musician age 12-18 living on the island of Ireland.

“Life in Lockdown” – An original song written by five students, summing up their experience of life in a lockdown…

We are delighted to share this original and very catchy track, written and recorded by five students from Terence MacSwiney Community College over the course of the last number of weeks in lockdown. A collaboration project between TMCC, JCSP Library Project, The Kabin Studios, GMC Beats and Creative Tradition, this song was written and performed by Cara, Sophie, Chloe, Shirley Ann and Mark. Each student recorded remotely using SoundTrap, making full use of the app’s collaboration function. The workshop was facilitated remotely & track produced by Garry McCarthy of GMC Beats. Supported by the Community Foundation for Ireland, JCSP Library Project and Music Generation Cork City, we think this song is very reflective of the unusual times young people have found themselves in..

Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 – Music Generation Cork City