Glen Hansard at the Glens Arts Centre

Glen Hansard performs at the Newport Folk Festival 2018.

We are offering a unique opportunity for budding songwriters as part of this year’s Cruinniú na nÓg youth festival. Given the lockdown we are all enduring at present, Academy Award Winner Glen Hansard, has kindly stepped up to facilitate online songwriting workshops for teenagers based in North Leitrim. 12 young people will be afforded the chance to hone their skills with one of Ireland’s most talented songwriters. Hansard busked the streets of Dublin before finding success with The Frames in the 1990’s. He then found international fame when he starred in The Commitments and Once, receiving an Academy Award, with Marketa Irglova, for Best Original Song in the latter.

Under the direction of Hansard, we are privileged to offer this wonderful initiative which will culminate with ‘live performances’ of the completed songs recorded at the Centre for broadcast on June 13th, the national day of celebration for young people. This will be co-ordinated by Kila musician, Rossa Ó Snodaigh, his teenage son Tarach, and film-maker, Róisín Loughrey.

Taking place over the month of May via Zoom, this is a rare opportunity for teenagers to avail of, with one of the shining lights of the Irish music scene. Participation is free with funding from the Arts Council and Leitrim County Council. .


Brendan Murray, The Glens Centre at 086 3325369 or

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