Happy Birthday to the Core Mayo Open Mic!

Since 2016, the increasingly popular Music Generation Mayo programme The Core Mayo has been giving young musicians and learners in the Mayo community a multitude of performance opportunities at their showcases, festival stages, pop up events and open mic evenings. As you’ll no doubt be aware, we at Ballina Salmon Festival were lucky enough this year to have The Core Stage, which featured a full lunchtime concert schedule of young performances from the The Core Mayo.
The Core Mayo Open Mic turns one this week – congrats to all involved!

The Core Open Mic is a monthly event where the mezzanine area of the Ballina Arts Centre is transformed into a vibrant and intimate performance space. The stage is open to young musicians and performers aged 12 to 18 and can accommodate full bands!

It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet like minded musical people from across the county and get experience performing in front of an attentive and appreciative audience. It’s also an opportunity to meet members of The Core, get a tour of the rehearsal/recording space, learn about instrumental tuition, workshops and camps at The Core or even become a member yourself! As always, friends and family are more than welcome to come along and our performers always appreciate the support!
Young people interested in performing on Tuesday November 28th are encouraged to contact PhilipCassidy@msletb.ie or call 087-7485954. For more info about The Core please visit www.TheCoreMayo.com

Watch our young musical talent on stage daily at The Core Stage!


The Core is delighted to announce The Core Stage at Ballina Salmon Festival 2017.  Over the duration of the festival, there will be daily concerts in the town centre,  featuring talented members of The Core and the various Music Generation Mayo programmes.  The stage, which is generously sponsored by Sligo Retail Park will also feature young performers from throughout Mayo, as The Core aims to provide a platform for young local musicians.

About The Core and Music Generation Mayo

Music Generation Mayo It is part of Music Generation – Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

The Core Stage at Ballina Salmon Festival group playing music


Music Generation Mayo’s latest programme ‘The Core‘, a creative space for budding young musicians opened its doors in Ballina Arts Centre in November 2016 and has been a bustling hive of musical activity since. With over 30 (and counting!) active members from across the county using the rehearsal facility, taking part in camps, industry workshops, regular performance opportunities such as monthly open mics, Facebook Live events and musical showcases it is a great place for young people to express themselves and work on developing their music.

For more information, contact PhilipCassidy@msletb.ie or call 087-7485954

Non-members of The Core can also apply to perform on the Festival Stage by logging onto thecoremayo.com/events.



The Core Stage at Ballina Salmon Festival is kindly sponsored by Sligo Retail Park.