All of our delegates are members of the The Songwriting Collective, which operates under the umbrella of Tallaght Community Arts
The Songwriting Collective (TSC) is a group of individuals dedicated to songwriting in the Dublin area. We are based in Rua Red Arts Building in Tallaght. Our goal is to develop the songwriting skills of our members and expand our network both locally and internationally. Each meeting provides those participating an opportunity to engage in activities such as co-writing, discussion and the chance to explore the craft of songwriting across a number of genres. Songwriting circles provide an opportunity for members to receive feedback.. From time to time we run an "Acoustic Room" which gives members a platform to present their songs in public and receive feedback from their fellow members in private.
Other Lifelong Learning Involvement
TCA were previously involved in a Grundtvig project from 2011 to 2013 This was a songwriting project called Playing for Integration Link
One of the outputs from the project was a handbook on how to run effective songwriting workshops. Tony Bardon acted as the editor on this handbook Link
I have been interested in singing and playing music all of my life. However, it is only in more recent years that I had an opportunity to pursue this passion. After I retired from my day job in accountancy, a number of years ago, I qualified and practiced as a coach for a period of time.
My involvement with Grundtvig and Leonardo projects over the past five years has enabled me to become much more involved in songwriting and in music generally.
This Leonardo project has provided me with an opportunity to bring together a number of my life skills. The involvement with musicians has been key. I have had an opportunity to see at first hand challenges that are faced by them and this has heavily influenced the content of the Toolbox. I have enjoyed my role as it's creator and editor
I mostly play on a not-for-profit basis in community settings. I have a special interest in the poetry of WB Yeats and spirituality. Both have influenced my songwriting in recent years.
Shane Ó Fearghail is singer/songwriter from Dublin Ireland. As well as performing solo Shane is lead singer and songwriter with Irish band Caruso. Shane created Caruso to launch his debut album 'The Watcher & The Comet'. Two albums in, a Publishing deal in Europe for the first album, a Distribution and Licensing deal with Spectra in North America for the second, 2014 is set to be another big year!
Shane's background is in Traditional Irish singing and traditional songs learned at home with family. A Storyboard Artist/Animator by trade, Shane cut his teeth as a songwriter and a performer whilst traveling and working in the world’s foremost animation studios. Other influences have helped him chisel out his own original style and as a band or performing solo, a unique live experience is guaranteed.
To date Shane has played with and supported great acts from Sinead O'Connor, Glen Hansard, Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Example, Amy McDonald, Lisa Hannigan, Damien Dempsey, The Mission and Jack L.
Danai is an arts development officer and a prolific singer songwriter. He has an educational background in film and visual arts. He has had creative musical inputs into many arts projects in his role as development officer with a number of different arts organisations based in Tallaght over the the past three years . He has travelled extensively in Europe on lifelong learning projects where he has collaborated with other musicians. He is a tutor in the Tallaght Songwriting Collective
Andrew is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Dublin. With Tallaght Community Arts he has written and facilitated rhythm and songwriting classes throughout Tallaght in Dublin, as well as writing songs for the drama group Doors to Elsewhere. He has also written and taught a curriculum of Irish language songs for junior infants focusing on vocabulary for Willow Park Junior School.
Andrew is also an administrator and project co-ordinator; working on Tallaght Love Live Music Day and the Christmas pageant Unwrapped 2014, which incorporated music, song and dance and culminated with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Tallaght. Andrew plays frequent gigs around Dublin as a frontman, as part of various backing bands and is currently working on his debut E.P
Ronan is a Dublin-born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. From an early age music has been the central focus of his life and nowadays the writing, performance and teaching of music are his specialty.
His career has taken him all over Europe performing with bands, orchestras and under his own banner. From cafés to stadiums to live radio and TV he is comfortable at home on the stage no matter what form it takes!
As a teacher he provides private tuition, workshops and runs projects in Youth Centres. For more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org