The new young faces of ancient traditions

It has become known as a stepping stone to the Port Fairy Folk Festival and yesterday’s performance by the Lake School of Celtic Music, Song and Dance cemented that reputation in Koroit.

Now in its 15th year, participant numbers were almost at capacity with 225 young enthusiasts learning from more than 30 talented tutors.

The event’s creator and co-ordinator, Felix Meagher, is passionate about the program.

“We began with 30 students and like a tumbleweed in a desert, students have come back and brought along friends and its just grown and grown,” Mr Meagher said.

Bringing together young people aged five to 18 from all over Victoria, the Stars on the Lake performance was a culmination of a week-long program of intense tuition in more than 200 activities, including traditional Celtic instruments, film-making, script writing, poetry reading and even Irish bread making.

Born from a desire to keep the Celtic culture alive, the Lake School has launched many a music career with some enrolling to fine tune their art and some just for the ‘craic’. 

“It’s about learning the business of playing in a band. Teaching them to be self-managers on different fronts,” Mr Meagher said. 

No stranger to the music business, Mr Meagher has worked with the likes of Baz Luhrmann and Angela Little. He also composed and performed for the movie Australia.

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