Keep an eye on our Homepage for the latest upcoming activities!

We deliver a wide variety of workshops and we are constantly updating and innovating. We also welcome suggestions from our members and programme activities based on their musical wants and needs. Here are some examples:

  • Recording Basics
  • How to set up a PA system
  • Guitar Technology
  • Drum Technology
  • Percussion Ensemble Workshop
  • Song Writing & Collaboration
  • Preparing for a live performance
  • How to release your music.

Camps are delivered and/or facilitated by Cathal Faughnan. Cathal typically takes on the role of lead tutor, however The Core will oftentimes collaborate with other organisations, specialists or industry professionals. Here are some examples of previous camps:

Collaboration Camps
This camp has proven to be very popular. Young people of all ages and musical skillsets immersed themselves in a world of musical discussion, critiquing, song writing and performance both in a solo and collaborative capacity. Musical groups organically emerged, collaborated together and recorded a demo in our recording facility.  Some of the bands/ensembles have even continued to play together after the camps and now perform in live events run by The Core.

Recording and Production Camp.
Members of The Core had the opportunity to have their song professional produced by an Industry Professional. The successful applicant “Lean” had their track produced during a weeklong intensive camp. All participants engaged fully in the recording process and even performed on the track alongside the band. Participants also had the opportunity to do their own remix! This camp was extremely beneficial to those who were considering pursuing 3rd level music education in Engineering or Performance. In fact some of the Participants are now studying in Berklee Institute of Modern Music Dublin.  The song “Stop” by Lean has since received radio play and is now on all online retailers including iTunes & Spotify. It can also be streamed on our website.

Music Industry, Band/Artist Camps
Participants had an opportunity to learn the workings of the music industry from real working, touring and recording musicians.  Topics and activities explore all aspects of the profession from rehearsal to royalties and everything in between.

Electronic Music Production Camps
We live in a world of constantly evolving technology and the possibilities are endless when it comes to making music. In these camps, participants got a view into the world of Hip-Hop, House and Electro production under the guidance of a professional in that field. This was especially beneficial for young people who wished to expand their IT skillset whilst expressing themselves creatively.


Core Poster CreateSound Camp

Core Poster Collaboration Camp August

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Here at The Core our members have the opportunity to take part in a variety of workshops.We have a vast national network of music educators and industry professionals that we collaborate with on a regular basis. Topics covered at our workshops include performance, songwriting, recording, production, PR and music industry to mention but a few. The Core team are passionate about all things music and so are our members. We strive to program events that we feel are of great benefit to young musicians in the community. We also listen to needs and requests of our members, after all, it’s your music space! A trad fusion workshop you say? Ok, Let’s do it!

Core Poster Tuition workshops May 2017


We have lots of exciting things coming up! The first open mic of 2017 is nearly upon us (Monday 23/01/17 @6pm) and we have a range of exciting tuition, workshops and camps starting very soon! Enrollment for our Guitar and Drum classes is Monday 30/01/17 at 5pm til 7pm at Ballina Arts Centre. We are also taking enrollment for our upcoming Recording Basics weekly workshops!

We also have an intensive recording/production camp coming up on February 20th – 24th where we will be producing a song from concept to finished product! More info to follow very soon! We have more exciting news but you will just have to wait 🙂

As always, please call/email Philip on 087-7485954 / [email protected] if you have any further questions or would like to book a place.

Looking forward to a music filled 2017!!!


1Session with veteran music industry expert Jackie Hayden. Hayden signed U2 to their first deal and is the director of Hotpress Magazine.

2Easter band camp with 21 Outs.



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