Brendan Farrell, presenter of Music Makers at Ballina Arts Centre.

Ballina Arts Centre’s Music Makers is coming online

On Thursday next, May 20, Ballina Arts Centre’s new online music show – entitled Music Makers – will hit social media screens.

Described as ‘a platform for Mayo singer-songwriters to showcase their original songs’, the series will be presented by Brendan Farrell and will run for eight episodes, each arriving on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m.

Farrell is well known in songwriting circles for his online performances and his Writer’s Block series, as well as his show Take Me Home, Colleen – a suite of songs telling a story of the Irish Famine through the lives of two star-crossed lovers.

Sean Walsh, director of Ballina Arts Centre, commented: “We are delighted to be launching Music Makers, offering songwriters a chance to get their music out there. In the absence of real, live performance opportunities for artists and audiences alike, this is something of a next-best-thing.

“I know that there is a lot of online programming out there nowadays but we hope people will tune in. There is a huge amount of great songwriting talent in this area and Music Makers will have a lot of local artists featured. People can support them by tuning in and watching the performances.”

The show will be a mix of chat and music, and will feature songwriters who are emerging as well as those who are established in their careers.

Music Makers will air on Ballina Arts Centre’s Facebook page and YouTube at 8 p.m. from next Thursday, May 20.