Blending Traditional Irish Music with Entrepreneurship.

This week I find myself sharing my passion about two things that on the surface feel very different but make very natural compadres to me.

There’s a world of people who really want to start their own business and are unsure of how.

My work bringing Founder Institute to Dublin is aimed at making those first steps far simpler.

I don’t want people to worry about how, I want them to focus on what.

The how is simple – when you know how – that’s where our Founder Institute programme helps, by sharing experiences from a rich trove of experienced entrepreneurs.

The what is also sometimes difficult to narrow down but is crucial.

It sounds obvious but what you do, how you spend your days, defines you. Literally.

Every waking hour (almost) gets consumed by what it is you’re trying to achieve.

Traditional Irish music is in many ways the flip-side.

I recently recorded an interview with Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill for my Born Optimistic radio show and podcast.

In the interview Martin Hayes talks about the fact that when he was growing up Trad wasn’t something you had a career in. It was what you did when you came home after a hard day’s work.

Times have changed and now we all strive towards making our passion how we spend our days.

Perhaps it’s a privilege of progress but I know for a fact the cliché is true.

“Find something you live and you never work a day in your life.”

I love communicating, learning, teaching, sharing and solving problems.

I also love music, especially Trad.

Trad transports me to a place that no other music does. When the musicians kick in I feel like I’m levitating.

I don’t have enough Trad in my life for a number of reasons but one of the main ones is because it’s hard to find great Trad. It exists, but it’s not in your face and easily Googleable. The Trad that’s easy to find is what’s laid on for tourists.

If Trad is more accessible and brought to the music venues where all other music is enjoyed will new people get into it?

Let’s find out! That’s why I’ve just arranged a run of 13 Trad sessions in Whelans under the name ‘Call The Dancers’.

Let’s see what happens when you put musicians at the top of their game like Rónán Ó Snodaigh and Eoin Dillon on a stage with their varied guests in Whelans for free for 13 weeks and make that Googleable.

At the same time, let’s also see what happens when we keep making it easier for super early stage entrepreneurs to access serial entrepreneurs like Neal O’gorman (Co-Founder, Artomatix), Charles Dowd (CEO, Plynk), Russell Banks (CEO, Investor Sheet), Steven Collins (Co-Founder, Swrve, Kore & Havok) and Cristina Luminea (Head of Innovation, SinglePoint).

Next Monday April 10th we’re inviting any early stage entrepreneurs who are interested in engaging with these founders at an event we’re running in the offices of our supporters Eversheds Sutherland.

Come to both Founder Institute and Call The Dancers – two sides of the same coin!

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