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The An Chúirt Chruitireachta – International Festival for Irish Harp was established in 1985. It ranks among the top international harp festivals and summer schools for Irish Harp. Seize this
The An Chúirt Chruitireachta – International Festival for Irish Harp was established in 1985. It ranks among the top international harp festivals and summer schools for Irish Harp. Seize this opportunity to become immersed in all aspects of traditional music for Irish Harp. You will have the chance to develop skills and repertoire from ancient harpers’ tunes to songs and slow airs to jigs and reels.
For the second year running the festival is online and will be live on Zoom from Sunday 27th June to Friday 2nd July. A full programme of exceptional tutors and talented artists have been put together to deliver an outstanding week of harp music for you.
This Festival guarantees a life-changing harp experience; with its workshops, sessions and concerts providing an opportunity to meet and perform with other harpers, gain a better understanding of Irish music, song and dance as well as gaining further insights into the harp and its music.
Workshops 2021: Explore the potential of the Irish harp in a wide range of workshops covering all facets of harping and Irish traditional music. Each morning you can listen to expert harpers at the workshops. Festival mentors and workshop specialists will give participants an opportunity to experience world-class performers in a relaxed interactive setting.
Harpers of all ages, standards and styles from absolute beginners to advanced players are accepted. Participants are graded and assigned to mentors who can offer them the best opportunity for improvement. The tutoring sessions are conducted on a modular basis so that participants can benefit from a collaborative multidisciplinary teaching approach.
The Tutors this year are Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Gráinne Hambley, Áine Ní Dhubhghaill, Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Cormac de Barra, Úna Ní Fhlannagáin, Deirdre Granville, Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla, Kim Fleming.
A full range of harping techniques are covered including:
- Irish harping techniques
- Traditional ornamentation
- Session and group playing
- Wire strung harp styles
- Music of the 16th and 17th century Harpers
- Singing in Irish and English
Lunchtime Concerts: Listen to our Rising Stars with emerging young harpers at the Tholsel lunchtime interludes.
Afternoon Events: Cruit agus Cabaireacht Each afternoon from 3pm to 5:30pm Monday to Friday you can join for workshops, music, talks, songs and stories and try your hand at our daily play-along
Evening Concerts: A highlight of An Chúirt Chruitireachta are the popular evening public concert series. Featuring world-renowned harpers from Ireland and further afield, this series is a major annual showcase celebrating Irish harping. Join our world class harpers and other traditional musicians for the best of Irish harping at these nightly concerts.
For enquiries please call either +353 (0)87 2800 390 or +353 (0)1 676 8998 or email [email protected].
You may buy Tickets and register on www.eventbrite.ie from 8th May 2021. Details of the various options are as follows:-
- Full Festival Package: €200
- Morning Workshops only: €120
- Afternoon Events only: €100
- Evening Concerts only: €45 for all 5 concerts or book individual concerts for €10 each.
For more information including full details concerning An Chúirt Chruitireachta please visit the website at cairdenacruite.com. You can also follow An Chúirt Chruitireachta on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information
June 27 (Sunday) 9:00 am - July 2 (Friday) 11:59 pm(GMT+01:00) View in my time
This year sees the 49th annual Willie Clancy Summer School (Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy) in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare running from Sunday the 4th through to Saturday the 10th of
This year sees the 49th annual Willie Clancy Summer School (Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy) in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare running from Sunday the 4th through to Saturday the 10th of July. It will be a virtual event due to the current situation with the pandemic. Online was considered to be the safest way to present this years programme and maintain the events profile on the Irish traditional music landscape.
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy commemorates the legacy of the town’s best-known Uilleann Piper, Willie Clancy. With instrumental classes in uilleann pipes, whistle, flute, fiddle, concertina, button accordion & melodeon, banjo, harmonica and harp as well as old-style step dances and sean-nós dance featuring as part of the online tuition. The English and Irish language song traditions will be demonstrated and analysed in a series of pre-recorded presentations during the week.
An extremely popular event, students come from all over the world to attend. The school is focused around the teaching of instruments and set dancing in formal Workshops/Classes, but stresses the value of the oral/aural tradition. It is geared towards the hundreds of improving and competent musicians, singers and dancers who come to attend the school.
The Workshops/Classes happen during the mornings during the week and are given by up to 150 top players/performers/teachers on Uilleann Pipes, Tin Whistle, Flute, Fiddle, Concertina, Banjo, Button Accordion, Melodeon, Harmonica, Harp, Traditional Singing, Spoken Irish and Scots Gaelic and Set Dancing.
In order to help defray some of the costs of running the 49th Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy there will be a fee of €60 for the week’s tuition, and a fee of €10 to view any one of the seven pre-recorded events on the programme. For details regarding enrolment for a workshop/class please click Enrolment.
There will also be a series of workshops/course entitled Dúchas an Cheoil/The Scope of Irish Music where the history and evolution of Irish traditional, music, song and dance will be examined. Guest performers will illustrate various aspects of the musical heritage. This course is accredited through the Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. The course is conducted by Paddy Glackin and Cathal Goan.
This years programme as always incorporates a diverse offering of complementary events. This year there will be a concert of Scots Gaelic music and song, Muinntir an h-Alba, presented by Maighread Stiùbhart, an overview of traditional music from East Galway and its distinctive soundscape presented by Claire Keville, a film documentary on the sean-nós singer Johnny Mháirtin Learaí MacDonnchadha, a variety of piping recitals curated by Na Píobairí Uilleann, Virtual Ireland in Music, an audiovisual concert featuring traditional music from all 32 counties and diaspora areas and the Muiris Ó Rócháin Memorial Concert.
This is without doubt an unmissable event if you have any interest in Irish music.
4 (Sunday) 11:00 am - 10 (Saturday) 11:59 pm(GMT+01:00) View in my time