This year will see the 47th annual Willie Clancy Summer School (Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy) in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare and will run from Saturday the 6th through to Sunday
This year will see the 47th annual Willie Clancy Summer School (Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy) in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare and will run from Saturday the 6th through to Sunday the 14th of July. It will have musical instrument and dance classes, lectures, workshops, recitals and céilithe all through the week. It commemorates the town’s best-known Uilleann Piper, Willie Clancy.
Performing the official opening ceremony will be musician and tutor in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick, Brendan Mulkere in the Community Centre at 8pm on Saturday the 6th July which will be followed by ‘The Breandán Breathnach Memorial Lecture’.
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 attending 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. For details regarding enrolment for a workshop/class please click Enrolment.
In the afternoons, lectures at the Community Centre address the cultural and intellectual side of traditional music and then in the evenings there will be Recitals and Céilithe.
Alongside the organised activities, the place will be humming with trad sessions which draw a considerable audience due to their extraordinary quality. These sessions run non-stop, day and night on the streets and in the pubs over the week and are marvellous free entertainment open for all to attend.
This is without doubt an unmissable event if you have any interest in Irish music.
6 (Saturday) 9:00 am - 14 (Sunday) 11:59 am