Singalong with Lorna (online song, 4+)

Singalong with Lorna (online song, 4+)

Workshop I: ‘Owl Singalong’ (Ages 4+)

Are you ready to hoot like an owl? Join Lorna McLaughlin in this charming and melodious song by Raffi and get to experience the sensation of ‘owling’!

Owl Singalong is a really easy two verse song with a simple chorus. We can put our fingers above our heads to make ears as we sing along to copy the Long Eared Owl, the most common type of owl in Ireland. But hang on, do owls have ears?


Workshop II: ‘The Rattlin’ Bog’ (Ages 4+)

Join Lorna for this Irish folk classic. You’ll go through all the parts of the tree, the nest, the bird, a feather, etc., by adding a new word with each verse. In the end, it’s almost a memory game! And then you’ll add in some fun actions as well, not forgetting to clap and singalong during the rousing chorus! Oro here we go!!


About Lorna McLaughlin

Lorna McLaughlin is a contemporary singer and songwriter, and core member of the band The Henry Girls. As well as being a seasoned performer, she has vast experience running vocal workshops, choirs, festival events and training for teachers, delivering classes and workshop to thousands of people all over Ireland and beyond, of all ages and abilities.

Lorna’s work with the Henry Girls has seen them write music for plays, films, contemporary dance shows and they have also released six albums, mostly of original music. They have performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Celtic Connections, Cork Jazz Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival, to name a few, and have toured extensively in Germany, Austria, America, UK and of course in Ireland.

Lorna is a co-founder of The Inishowen Gospel Choir and was one of their Musical Directors from 2005 until 2010. In that time, they performed at festivals all over Ireland, The UK and parts of Europe and they collaborated with highly acclaimed musicians such as Moya Brennan, Cara Dillon, Foy Vance and Duke Special. She has also worked extensively with organisations such as Live Music Now, Simply Music, DMEP (Donegal Music Education Partnership), Music Generation Laois and Letterkenny Summer School of Music, delivering concerts and workshops in hospitals, prisons, nurseries, schools, preschools and elderly units all over the UK and Ireland.

Lorna has been lecturing at BIMM Dublin since 2017 as a vocal styles tutor. She is a highly skilled, experienced and sought after as a music facilitator and is passionate about empowering teachers and students to become more confident about their musicality.

Whistle in the Wind (outdoor musical trail, 4+)

Whistle in the Wind (outdoor musical trail, 4+)

Dates and Times:

Due to Level 5 restrictions this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Children will delight in this magical musical trail around Lough Muckno where they will sing, dance, and discover beautiful forest objects beneath the trees.

Together with musicians Lorna McLaughlin and Sean McElwain alongside visual artist Orla Kelly, get ready to go on a foot stomping musical adventure which is sure to have everyone singing along!

If you’re lucky, you might even hear Ornaith the owl sing her song as she glides through the trees. Along the trail, children will also enjoy and interact with beautiful art installations created by Orla Kelly which merge beautifully with the surrounding leafy forest.

Please note: due to Covid-19 restrictions the capacity of this event is limited and we will be liaising directly with local schools and creches. This event will take place outdoors and is subject to suitable weather conditions. Don’t forget to bring your umbrellas and raincoats!

Whistle in the Wind at Tradoodle Festival is brought to you by Ceol Connected with the support of the Arts Council, Monaghan County Council, and Creative Ireland.

Whistle in the Wind was originally produced by Ceol Connected in partnership with the National Concert Hall’s Learning & Participation programme.