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Ralph Rolle has had an illustrious career working with

Stevie Wonder, Dua Lipa and Aretha Franklin

The new Irish Institute of Music and Song in Balbriggan, Dublin has recently being attracting famous

faces from around the world. Following on from their recent visit of Stranger Things star Paul Reiser,

this week the campus was visited by Ralph Rolle, the legendary drummer who has worked with Nile

Rodgers/Chic, Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton to name but a few.

Born in the Bronx in New York, Ralph practised on the drums from a very young age, by the time he

turned 18 he was already playing professionally within the United States. Alongside performing on

the big stages around the world, Ralph is also passionate about education and works with outreach

groups and local communities by sharing his knowledge and experiences with music students around

the world. This week he so happened to be in Dublin and had heard good things about a new music

campus in Dublin which is making waves, so he paid them a visit.

Quote: Michael Dawson Jnr, CEO: “We were honoured to have Ralph Rolle visit the Irish Institute of

Music and Song in Balbriggan. He is a legendary drummer who has worked with many of the top

performing artists in the world of showbusiness. To have Ralph visit the campus was a thrill, especially

for our students as he offered them kind words of encouragement and support during their lessons.”

The Irish Institute of Music and Song in North Co. Dublin is a self-contained campus that hosts a

music school, guest house accommodation called Bedford House, and a stylish, contemporary eatery

called the La La Café & Restaurant. The newest addition to the campus will be The Lark, a brand new,

state-of-the-art, 400 seater concert hall coming to Balbriggan in March, 2023. The Lark will appeal to a wide range of audiences, hosting weekly live events ranging from musical performances, theatre, film, panto, comedy and festivals. It will be the first of its kind in Ireland as it will become part of a

bigger ecosystem which encompasses an entire musical campus which hosts a music school, on-site accommodation, restaurant/bar and concert hall, all onsite together.

Quote: Ralph Rolle, Drummer for Nile Rodgers & Chic : “The Irish Institute of Music and Song is a

phenomenal place, a real hub of creativity. Thank you to all the staff and students I met who made

me feel so welcome. I very much look forward to visiting again and conducting some masterclasses

when the concert hall is up and running”

If you would like to find out more about the Irish Institute of Music and Song, Bedford House

Accommodation, La La Café & Restaurant or The Lark Concert Hall, please visit their website at

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