This weekend The Ark presents a first of its kind festival for Ireland, BIG BANG Dublin! A thrilling new music festival for young music lovers of all kinds which runs from today until Sunday 7 April. This festival sees The Ark building in Temple Bar transform into an adventurous musical labyrinth of delights for the ears as well as a number of events taking place outside and at other locations close by. Outstanding musicians will converge at The Ark to perform for children, their families and friends.
One of the major events in the festival will be on this Sunday 7 April - The Big Free Family Outdoor Gig with Stomptown Brass which will take place on Sunday 7 April at 2.30pm in Meeting House Square as part of MusicTown.
The Ark recent put out a call inviting young performers to apply to be very special guest at this gig. After considering all the applications, 8 year old trumpet player Margot Troup was invited to perform on the stage this Sunday.
Margot is in second class in Rolestown National School in Dublin. She loves to perform and has been playing the trumpet for 3 years. Playing on a stage like this to the public is Margot’s dream come true. A recipient of a trumpet scholarship at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Margot studies trumpet there with Colm Byrne. A keen musician Margot also studies piano in the RIAM and is in the Junior Wind Ensemble and Junior Choir there too.
Speaking of why she loves to play the trumpet she explained that it was because as an instrument it gets great solo parts in orchestras and bands. Margot said “Some instruments play and you don’t really hear them - but you can always hear the trumpets!”
Stomptown Brass is one of the most unique acts in Ireland in recent times. Blending the sounds of funk and blues with powerful driving rhythms, the band make the most of their impressive line-up: two Drummers, two Trombones, two Trumpets, one Saxophone and a Tuba. To celebrate the end of BIG BANG Dublin! 2019, this free (but ticketed) outdoor performance for family audiences brings the band’s joyful, loud and upbeat brass street performance to Meeting House Square. Stomptown Brass are: Liam Ryan – Trumpet, Rob Grant – Trumpet, Luke Byrne - Tenor Sax, James O'Leary – Trombone, Finnian Kelly – Trombone, Brian Larkin – Tuba, Brendan Doherty – Drums, Darragh McGrath – Drums. This performance by Stomptown Brass is presented in partnership with Musictown Junior 2019 and the support of Temple Bar Cultural Trust & Dublin City Council.
BIG BANG Dublin! is part of the BIG BANG network of adventurous international music festivals for young audiences which will see festivals taking place annually in 11 cities across Europe over the next 4 years, with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Dedicated to music for young audiences, these festivals aim to enrich and broaden the quality of music currently on offer to children in Europe. Each will present an exciting mix of high quality music performances within a programme of international and local musicians. As well as the free family gig with Stomptown Brass audiences can look forward to:
- - A percussionist, a pianist and a trumpet player will guide young music lovers into the fascinating world of the legendary Miles Davis for ages 6+
- - A walking musical adventure trail to discover three mini-performances at 3 different locations close to The Ark
- - A chance to make your own music in an extraordinary interactive installation.
- - A delightful early years music show which weaves music from well-known classical composers into a music performance adventure for ages 2-6