In 2020-2022 Wicklow Arts Office generously supported the development of BabyLovesMusic – an immersive concert experience for under-1s and guardians. See www.babylovesmusic.ie
This toured nationally in 2023 – including performances at The Gate Theatre. A larger tour is organised for 2024 an there are plans for performances internationally. BabyLovesMusic has been very warmly received – audience responses include:
'It was absolute perfection from the moment I was greeted in the theatre lobby.'
'... one of the best shows I have experienced in a long long time. I can't stop talking about how good it was.'
Eamon Sweeney, Anna Newell, and Malachy Robinson are BabyLovesMusic's core creative team: All three are well-respected in the fields of music, theatre and early years arts.
Wicklow Arts Office is supporting the purchase of time and resources required for the creative team to develop a new BabyLovesMusic musical offering – working title 'Night-Light'.
The team will spend a week in Spring 2024 creating and trying out new material on test audiences of babies & guardians. Themes to be explored are focused around lullabies, sleep, and dreams
Funded by Wicklow County Arts Office Strategic Project Awards 2024 supported by the Arts Council.
Dr Eamon Sweeney is a widely experienced musician with a specialty in working with early years audiences. He regularly provides workshops, performances and classes for institutions such as the ARK Children's Cultural Centre, Music Generation, and various local authorities and statutory bodies throughout the country.
Eamon teaches and performs extensively in a variety of genres and styles, including giving broadcasts, lectures and seminars in Ireland and abroad. He is committed to the provision of Community Music, Early Years Music, and Music in Healthcare Settings. He regularly works with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, CDETB, KWETB, and Music Network.
Eamon is delighted to have projects supported by Wicklow Arts Office and The Arts Council.