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16 October - Writing a Protest Song


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Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Venue: Fighting Words, Behan Square, 12-14 Russell Street, Dublin

Tickets: Free - Open to 13 – 17 year olds only

Workshop Facilitator: Colm Quearney

Songs and music have played a powerful role in human rights movements, giving a universal voice, crossing barriers and promoting unity and equality. At these three workshops we will look at the history of these songs, and draw on these themes to create our own songs relevant for today's generation. The workshops will culminate in a performance at Fighting Words on Saturday 16th October 2020. Participants need to be available to attend all workshops. Workshop will take place in accordance with Government Covid-19 guidelines and best practice. Workshops may be moved onlin if necessary.

No previous songwriting experience is required. However, feel free to bring along any instruments or lyrical ideas you might have!

Colm Quearney

Colm has worked as a professional songwriter and musician since the age of 17. Colm has toured the world with various bands and has had international record deals. Since his early twenties he has worked with a variety of youth services setting up and delivering music programs that have culminated in music composition, performances and recording sessions. Between 2011 and 2018 Colm worked as head of the songwriting department at BIMM Dublin (British & Irish Modern Music Institute). Colm has been a volunteer with Fighting Words since 2010 where his key role was to develop free songwriting programs for groups of all ages. Colm now works for Fighting Words as Development and Outreach Officer.


Outcome song example of the workshop:


Where Does it All Go?


They say that in just 30 years,

The world we know will disappear,

The plastic in our atmosphere -


Where Does it All Go?

The north is full of melting ice,

And then our sea levels will rise,

Plastic right before our eyes

Where Does it All Go?


By Aoibhinn Danneels