Budding musicians keep Enda’s love for guitar alive

Peter and Niamh Dolan help to launch this year’s Red Balloon Guitar Workshop.

GUITAR music will be flowing next week when budding young guitarists ‘band’ together to remember the life of talented musician Enda Dolan.

This is the fourth year in a row that the Enda Dolan Foundation has organised the ‘Red Balloon Guitar Workshop’ – a fun workshop that gives young people an opportunity to enhance their guitar playing skills and make new friends.


This year, 15 fantastic guitarists and volunteers will be on-hand to offer top quality tuition to the young students, while inspiring them and sharing their skills.

One such tutor coming along is Larry Lowe, project co-ordinator, who taught Enda the guitar when he attended the Omagh CBS.

The workshop will culminate in a very special gig on the evening of the final day, giving a chance for the young musicians to show off their guitar talents, and to impress their families and friends with the songs they’ve learned and written during the week.

“The Red Balloon Guitar Workshop is a fantastic and uplifting event for participants and tutors alike,” said Peter, Enda’s father. “It is something that we always enjoy each year.

“We’re looking forward to seeing new faces at the workshop, as well as the old faces who have come back again.” He added, “Along with guitar work, we are hoping to incorporate vocal work and songwriting.

“Ahead of time, we would like to take the opportunity to thank South West College for providing the venue and letting us use their facilities.”

• Registration for the Red Balloon Guitar Workshop will take place in the South West College tomorrow (Friday, July 27) from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.


The workshop will commence this coming Monday, and will run to Friday, August 3. Each daily session begins at 10am and ends at 3pm.

It costs £55 for one child, or £100 for two children for the week.

The event is for children aged eight and upwards, and all children must have a guitar.

For further details, please contact Niamh Dolan on 07754538291.


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