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Blas 2021 is going virtual! Now in its 25th year, it will host its annual programme virtually from 21st June to 1st July. Given the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, the organising team strongly
Blas 2021 is going virtual! Now in its 25th year, it will host its annual programme virtually from 21st June to 1st July. Given the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, the organising team strongly believes that this is the safest way to proceed and keep the Blas experience going.
Blas has firmly established itself as one of Ireland’s most prestigious university accredited summer schools and this year’s virtual programme will be no different!
It will continue to provide access to the wisdom and tutelage of eminent figures of the Traditional world, which this year will include Siobhán Peoples, Tara Breen, Paddy Glackin, Dónal Lunny, Joanna Hyde, Louise Mulcahy, Karan Casey, Jim Higgins, Conal O’Kane, and Ciara Sexton, to name but a few.
The new virtual programme will feature a one week intensive with an optional second academic week for students seeking university accreditation.
In addition to expert tuition and masterclasses, the first week also includes a wide range of activities from interactive Irish language and culture classes, live-streamed lectures on Irish traditional music and dance topics, recorded lunchtime concerts, to livestreamed evening concerts.
For those who wish to earn university accreditation (worth 3 undergraduate credits or 6 ECTS credits) can opt to participate in the second academic week of Blas. This will include recorded academic lectures and daily interactive tutorials with leading academics in the field of Irish music, song, and dance from the Irish World Academy.
Blas attracts musicians, singers and dancers (over the age of 16) who are already familiar with Irish traditions such as Irish Traditional music, song and dance and the Irish language. It acts as a means for preservation, promotion and development of these traditions and enables candidates who want to extend their technique, repertoire and knowledge therein. It also attracts many performers (and would-be performers) from other genres who find it beneficial to study with Blas as a form of induction and acculturation in the Irish traditions, before diving in at the deep end of the main traditional scene of endless sessions, céilithe, fleadhanna and festivals. Blas acts as an incubator, and forms a safe space in which to improve musicianship, song, or dance technique, and to learn more about the stylistic, social, and historic content of these traditions in a familiar educational campus setting.
This year, Blas will also run in conjunction with the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention which will be hosted virtually by the Irish World Academy from 23rd-27th June. NAFCo combines a festival with an academic conference, featuring interactive workshops, public lectures, and daily concerts. These events will be open to registered Blas students as well, further enhancing the Blas experience. The Blas Summer School is delighted to announce the continuation of the Paul Brady Bursary for 2021. The value of each bursary covers a portion of tuition for the virtual programme.
Blas is also offering an early bird discount (10% reduction in tuition fees) to students enrolled before March 17th 2021.
For further information on all aspects of this summer school, including application/registration forms, please visit the Blas website. For latest information please follow on Facebook or Twitter. If you have any queries then please email them to [email protected] or call +353 (0)61 202 653.
June 21 (Monday) 1:00 pm - July 1 (Thursday) 5:30 pm(GMT+01:00) View in my time
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance[email protected] University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
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
The South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song & Dance is an annual weeklong celebration of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance now in it’s 35th year. For the
The South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song & Dance is an annual weeklong celebration of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance now in it’s 35th year. For the second year due to the pandemic the event will be online.
The week’s activities will include a range of workshops and tutorials in fiddle, flute, whistle and much more besides. There will also be daily tutorials in traditional singing and sean nós dancing as well as a variety of concerts, recitals, new and archive material, both live and pre-recorded plus some informal chats and tunes with local musicians.
The school was founded in 1987 to conserve and promote the rich tradition of music, song and dance of the south Sligo area. There is special emphasis on the old Sligo traditional style of fiddle and flute playing.
Participants at the South Sligo Summer School can expect excellent tuition in traditional music, singing and dance with class sizes being kept small. All Classes are graded. With classes open to all ages and experience levels there is something for everyone.
For those wishing to attend classes or workshops, the classes/workshops will be in the mornings, 10:30 – 12:00, (unless otherwise noted).
Students can register in advance. Please be aware that class sizes will be limited. Registration is open until 10pm on Sat. 10th July. The fee for the week’s classes is €40 and is payable at registration. To register please visit Registration where you can book your place. After registration you will receive a link to your zoom class. This will be a closed zoom environment – not visible to public – video will be on for Students and Tutors with no recordings being made.
If you have any queries then please email [email protected]. You can also call (Landline) +353 (0)71 912 0912 or +353 (0)71 912 8982, (Mobile) +353 (0)87 944 6468.
11 (Sunday) 10:30 am - 17 (Saturday) 11:59 pm(GMT+01:00) View in my time
South Sligo Summer Summer School Organising CommitteeEmail: [email protected] or Tel: +353 (0)71 912 0912 Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland
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