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Consairtín – The National Concertina Convention will commence on Thursday the 8th of April at 7pm online from Ennis, Co. Clare. This is an annual gathering of concertina players and enthusiasts
Consairtín – The National Concertina Convention will commence on Thursday the 8th of April at 7pm online from Ennis, Co. Clare. This is an annual gathering of concertina players and enthusiasts from all over the country and further afield celebrating the music of the concertina.
Over the course of Consairtín, there will be recitals/concerts, workshops and an instrument maintenance tutorial.
All workshops will last for 2 hours with a 15-minute break. They will be held online via ZOOM and each class will have a limited number of participants. You are welcome to attend more than one workshop. All registered students will have full access to online concerts and our instrument maintenance tutorial. Each student will receive a free Consairtín ‘Fan Slán’ face mask on registration.
If you wish to take part in a workshop, then Online Registration is available at Workshop Registration.
The Instrument Maintenance Tutorial is a practical opportunity to learn and carry out some basic concertina maintenance skills and will be presented by Seán Ó Fearghail.
Camchuairt an Chonsairtín is a series of recitals that will be recorded at various venues throughout the country in the weeks prior to Consairtín. They will be broadcast online during the festival on our exclusive membership platform. This initiative has been made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council’s Capacity Building Support Scheme.
The Inaugural Performance of the Irish Concertina Orchestra will be held on Saturday night commencing at 7pm. The Irish Concertina Orchestra was created by Music Generation Clare in 2020 where 42 highly skilled concertina players come together weekly to rehearse newly composed and arranged music directed by Dr. Tim Collins. Members of the orchestra come from Co. Clare, Limerick, Cork, Kerry and Galway.
Consairtín is a must attend gathering for anyone with an interest in the Concertina in traditional Irish music. For full details of the programme please visit consairtin.ie, or follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information. If you have any queries about Consairtín, then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)86 261 2127.
8 (Thursday) 7:00 pm - 11 (Sunday) 6:00 pm(GMT+01:00) View in my time
Subject to Covid restrictions, Meitheal Summer School 2021 will run from July 19th to 23rd at St. Flannan’s College in Ennis, Co. Clare. In the meantime, we urge all young
Subject to Covid restrictions, Meitheal Summer School 2021 will run from July 19th to 23rd at St. Flannan’s College in Ennis, Co. Clare. In the meantime, we urge all young musicians to stay safe and use some of your time to engage in music in new and innovative ways through electronic media or with others while practising social distancing.
The closing date for applications for this years Meitheal is March 26th.
This years Summer School is open to musicians who are 13 years of age or over on Jan 1st 2020. Over the week students will live and breathe music under expert guidance with all attendees experiencing…
- Arrangement workshops
- Composition workshops
- Trad Orchestra
- Various other activities
- Finale Concert
The instrument workshops cater for players of various abilities but they are not suitable for beginners. Players need to have at least four years of experience and be able to play reels at dance tempo with ornamentation. All applicants must send a recording with their application so that they can be graded into appropriate classes beforehand. Meitheal is tough going. Don’t come unless you have a trad music obsession!
This years tutors are Sylvain Barou: Flute & Pipes, Dylan Carlos: Fiddle, Brid Harper: Fiddle, Caitlin Nic Gabhann: Concertina, Aisling Lyons: Harp, Cathal Ó Curráin: Fiddle, Sharon Howley: Fiddle & Cello, Gavin Strappe: Banjo and Jos Kelly: Accordion.
At Meitheal, students are so busy that sessions tend to be of limited duration squeezed between various activities or for an hour before bed. However, they provide a great opportunity for social mixing and enjoyment.
There is an upper limit of around 10 in all workshops, but most are smaller. Enrolments are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, so please apply before March 26th to ensure your place. Please note that Meitheal reserves the right to cancel individual workshop options if we have not had sufficient applicants by the closing date. Should this occur, a full refund will be provided or a place in an alternative workshop will be offered.
During the week, students also attend concerts given by tutors and other artistes and various workshops and presentations. They will also perform with tutors in the Finale Concert.
Students partaking in Meitheal will have the prospect of consideration for a place on the CCE Tour of Ireland later in the year, along with other opportunities, such as the making of a programme for RnaG, a scholarship to Blas and solo and group performances at numerous festivals.
For more details please visit the Meitheal website by clicking on, Meitheal or for any queries either E-mail: [email protected] or Phone: +353 (0)87 670 4465 for more information. You can also follow Meitheal on Facebook for latest updates and information.
19 (Monday) 9:00 am - 23 (Friday) 11:59 pm(GMT+01:00) View in my time
St. Flannan's College
St. Flannan's College, Ennis, Co. Clare