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As one of Ireland’s oldest summer schools, originally founded on Achill Island, Co.Mayo in 1910 and revived in 1985, Scoil Acla is a week-long music and cultural summer school comprising
As one of Ireland’s oldest summer schools, originally founded on Achill Island, Co.Mayo in 1910 and revived in 1985, Scoil Acla is a week-long music and cultural summer school comprising of classes in Traditional Irish Music, Irish language classes – Achill dialect (Gaelig’ Acla), and Sean-Nós singing plus workshops in Sean nós dancing, Traditional Irish Dancing, Creative Writing as well as our Arts and Traditional Basket Weaving and Quilting courses.
The original founding members in 1910 had a vision to set up a summer school for the preservation and promotion of the Irish language, traditional Irish music and an appreciation of the arts. These aims and ideals have not been left in history but remain an integral part of Scoil Acla in the 21st century. Our traditional Irish music classes offer tuition on accordion, banjo, bodhrán, concertina, flute, fiddle, harp, tin whistle and uileann pipes with all levels being catered for. Practice and experience can be obtained in one of the many ‘sessions’ held around Achill Island throughout this Irish music festival.
If you would like to attend one of the many courses, then please visit scoilacla.ie where you can find out more details about all the courses and events occurring during the festival. You can also follow on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information.
Why not join us in July for a taste of Achill, and our Irish culture, in this fun-filled, week long Traditional Irish Summer School – Scoil Acla, there is something here for everyone!
If you have any queries about Scoil Acla, then please email [email protected] or call +353 85 881 9548.
July 27 (Saturday) 9:00 am - August 3 (Saturday) 11:59 pm
Cashel, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, F28 T2R3, Ireland
This year will see the Belfast TradFest - Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music back for its 3rd successive year. It will bring together Traditional Music Students, Artists, Performers and Tutors
This year will see the Belfast TradFest – Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music back for its 3rd successive year. It will bring together Traditional Music Students, Artists, Performers and Tutors from all sections of the Traditional Music Communities.
The Summer School will showcase their talents in the City of Belfast through a programme of classes, talks, lectures, performances and concerts with some of the biggest names in the world of Traditional Music having been secured for this Summer School.
The School is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland and brings together both the Ulster-Scots and Irish musical traditions in a shared celebration of both heritages.
The School is breaking new ground with the Ulster-Scots community. Pipers, drummers and fifers will have a chance to learn and perform without having to travel to the Republic of Ireland, Scotland or further afield for access to world-class tutors.
Over five days, hundreds of budding traditional musicians, of all ages, will get the chance to learn from traditional music royalty at the University of Ulster in York Street, in a series of Masterclasses.
These will be held commencing on Monday 29th July through to Friday 2nd August. They will start each day at 10am and finish at 1pm at the University of Ulster Belfast Campus on York Street.
The tutors for these will be for Whistle and Sing: Niamh McCallan & Siobhan Murtagh and Pearse McMahon; Harp: Michelle Mulcahy; Button Accordion: Conor Connolly; Drumming & Percussion: Gareth McLees; The Fife, Rope-drums and Lambeg: Willie Drennan; Bagpiping & Small Pipes: Finlay McDonald; Fiddle: John Carty, Liz Kane, Oisin MacDiarmada, Niamh Dunne, Yvonne Kane, Teresa Clarke; Tin-Whistle: Mary Bergin & Kieran Brady; Concertina: Edel Fox; Bodhrán: John Joe Kelly & Eamon Murray; Flute: Harry Bradley & Kevin Crawford; Tenor Banjo: Brian McGrath; Uilleann Pipes: Jarlath Henderson; Ulster Songs Traditional Singing: Jane Cassidy, Maurice Leyden & Ríoghnach Connolly; Guitar Accompaniment: Seamie O’Dowd; Set Dancing: Ronán Eastwood.
As well as masterclasses, there are plenty of other ways to get involved including lectures, talks, workshops, performances, demonstrations, recitals, sessions and showcase concerts. These will take place at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, West Belfast, The Duncairn Centre, North Belfast and The Lyric Theatre in the Queen’s Quarter, with the heart of the School located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.
The Summer School of Traditional Music is open to everyone, so please visit belfasttraditionalmusic.com for the latest details of the classes and events. But more importantly, to register for classes. You can also follow Belfast TradFest on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information.
July 27 (Saturday) 9:00 am - August 2 (Friday) 11:59 pm
Ulster University, York St., Belfast and various other Venues
The Donegal Fiddle Summer School will take place in the scenic village of Glencolmcille (Gleann Colm Cille) on the southwest coast of Co. Donegal from Mon 29th July to Friday
The Donegal Fiddle Summer School will take place in the scenic village of Glencolmcille (Gleann Colm Cille) on the southwest coast of Co. Donegal from Mon 29th July to Friday 2nd August.
This specialist non-residential music school is held in the first full week of August. It is organised by Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí. Up to 120 students can be accepted in 11 graded classes covering from beginner to advanced level which are taught by leading exponents of Donegal fiddle music. The classes run from 10am – 4pm each day.
The classes work on learning by ear, though some of the teachers can read music and will help out music readers who struggle with learning by ear. Students will be strongly encouraged and helped to become used to the traditional system of learning by ear.
During the week there will be a couple of fiddle concerts featuring some of the teachers from the school and other guest fiddlers along with dancing, talks and recitals. Many music sessions will take place in the local pubs and sometimes outdoors (depending on the weather). Students can come along and bring their instruments and practice in the evening time what they learnt during the day.
There are also lots of music sessions in the local pubs and sometimes outdoors (depending on the weather).
To reserve a place on this years Donegal Fiddle Summer School, e-mail your request to [email protected] to have a place reserved for you and this will be confirmed, a deposit is not required, but you are asked that if your plans change and you can’t attend, then please advise.
For further information and up to date details please visit donegalfiddlemusic.ie where you can enquire about booking a place. You can also follow Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information.
July 29 (Monday) 9:00 am - August 2 (Friday) 11:59 am
Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal
The O'Carolan Harp & Traditional Music Festival is held annually in Keadue, County Roscommon every August Bank Holiday with the Summer School preceding the Festival. This years Summer School will
The O’Carolan Harp & Traditional Music Festival is held annually in Keadue, County Roscommon every August Bank Holiday with the Summer School preceding the Festival. This years Summer School will run from Monday July 29th until Friday August 2nd with the Festival running from Friday August 2nd until Monday August 5th.
The Festival was started in Keadue in 1978, to commemorate the famous Harper Turlough O’Carolan who lived in the area and is buried in Kilronan Cemetery which overlooks the scenic Lough Meelagh on the outskirts of the village. Keadue is a small village of about 200 people located on the shores of Lough Meelagh at the foot of the Arigna Mountains.
The Festival includes Concerts, Céilíthe, Tuition on the Harp, Set Dancing, Harp Recitals and a Harp Competition. The Harp Competition has been sponsored every year since it was started by local business Arigna Fuels Ltd. The Festival also features an internationally renowned Door Dancing Competition.
Téada and Séamus Begley will be the festivals headline act for this years concert on Sunday the 4th.
The O’Carolan Summer School is held on the week preceding the August Bank Holiday Weekend. The popularity of the Summer School is increasing year by year. The School features expert tuition by accomplished, well known music, dance and song tutors each morning with informative lectures and workshops arranged for the afternoons. Opportunities to play in sessions occur every evening in various venues around the village.
The classes and tutors for this years school will be for Harp: Grainne Hambly, Eilish Lavelle and Alisha McMahon; Flute: Michael Hurley; Bodhrán: Junior Davey; Button Accordion: Dan Brouder; Banjo: Angelina Carbury; Tin Whistle: Padraig and Lorraine Sweeney; Fiddle: Mossie Martin and Claire Bohan; Traditional Singing: Siobhan O’Donnell; Set Dancing: Ger Butler and Sean Nós Dancing: Nada Ni Chuirrin.
If you have any queries about the Summer School or Festival then email them to [email protected] or call either +353 (0)87 255 9269 or +353 (0)87 315 5880.
Please visit the website at ocarolanharpfestival.ie for full details of all events and for the latest information about both the Summer School and Festival. You can also follow the Festival on Facebook or Twitter.
July 29 (Monday) 9:00 am - August 5 (Monday) 11:59 pm
Keadue, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
Féile Ceol, Damhsa, Ealaíon, Ceardlann, Siúlóidí, Óige na Locha, Seisiúin Ceol & Craic gach Oíche.The annual Féile Ceol na Locha Summer School in the Gaeltacht area of Tourmakeady, will take place this
Féile Ceol, Damhsa, Ealaíon, Ceardlann, Siúlóidí, Óige na Locha, Seisiúin Ceol & Craic gach Oíche.
The annual Féile Ceol na Locha Summer School in the Gaeltacht area of Tourmakeady, will take place this year from the 12th to the 16th of August. It is a music, culture and language school sponsored mainly by Údaras na Gaeltachta and An Comhairle Ealaíon, and is held at Coláiste Mhuire, with all tuition provided through the medium of Irish.
Now in its 21st year, the school provides training at beginners and intermediate level in the following subjects: button accordion, tin whistle, fiddle, harp, flute, bodhrán, guitar, concertina, sean-nós dancing, irish singing, art and conversational Irish. Most of the teachers are back year after year.
During the week there will be evening sessions in the local pubs where the tutors, students and locals will be playing.
Registration for the Classes/Workshops will commence in Coláiste Mhuire on at 9.30am on Monday. The Classes/Workshops then take place during the mornings between 10am and 1.30pm. The Summer School is open to all ages from 9 years of age, no upper limit.
For the 5 to 9 years age category, there is Óige Ceol na Locha. The activities include games, art, singing.
On the final day of the summer school the teachers and students will participate in a finale concert at Coláiste Mhuire. This concert provides a great opportunity for all the participants to play and dance together.
Then, early on Friday evening there will be a Barbeque for everyone.
Over the years, the school has taken on an international flavour, with participants coming from the UK, Europe and the USA.
As already mentioned, all tuition is through the medium of the Irish language.
If you have any enquiries regarding the Ceol na Locha Summer School, please email: [email protected] or call +353 (0)94 954 4295, +353 (0)87 116 2058 or +353 (0)87 648 4078 for more information.
12 (Monday) 9:00 am - 16 (Friday) 11:59 pm
Tourmakeady, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland