21st – 25th July in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.
Uilleann Piping Week at Ceol na Coille Summer School 21st -25th July
In a welcome collaboration with the recently formed Donegal Pipers Club – Cumann Píobaireachta Tharlaigh Mhic Shuibhne, the Uilleann Pipes will feature strongly at this year’s summer school in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Donegal natives Ciarán Mac Feidhlimídh and Paul Harrigan will deliver the Uilleann Pipe workshops, with the highly important art of reed making workshops being delivered by ‘Banba’ Martin Gallen and and Martin McIntyre on the Tuesday and Thursday respectively.
During the week there will be Advanced and Intermediate classes in – Fiddle, Flute, Whistle, Piano & Button Accordion, Banjo, Mandolin, Harp, Guitar & Piano.
This year again, there is a fantastic line up of tutors including Conor Moriarty – Button Accordion, Shane Bracken – Concertina, Joleen McLaughlin (Henry Girls) – Harp. Other tutors include Roisin Mc Grory– Fiddle, Melanie Houton-Fiddle, Ciaran Carlin-Flute, Marie McTeague-Clarke, Piano Accordion, Una NíBhriain-Fiddle & Song, Donna Harkin-Button Accordion.
Paul Meehan, who has played with world-renowned groups such as Lunasa and At First Light, will be delivering the guitar workshops and from Cape Breton, Canada, Melissa Emmons who has performed and recorded with artists – Jerry Holland, Brenda Stubbert and Paul Cranford – will be delivering the piano accompaniment workshops.
There will again this year be mixed instrumental Beginner classes for Adults and children for those who have begun their journey in learning traditional music and also the popular Introduction To Irish Traditional Music course for 6-9 yr olds for kids wishing to try the wide variety of instruments on offer at the summer school.
A first for the 2014 Summer School, is a full day workshop on Wednesday 23rd in traditional singing hosted by the Inishowen Traditional Singers Circle. The emphasis of this workshop is on the songs from the Inishowen Song Project – a free online collection of songs and singers from the Inishowen Peninsula. The day would be backed up with relevant notes, further listening suggestions, and plenty question/answer opportunities. The workshop will finish with a recital delivered by the members of the singer’s circle.
There will be a Club Gaelach from Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th, 2-4pm for pupils attending the Intro and Beginners classes. This will give pupils an opportunity to take part in activities through the medium of Irish. Activities include music, sport and art.
We Banjo 3 and Treelan, both groups performing during Earagail Arts Festival, will give pre-concert workshops/recitals at the summer school on the afternoon preceding their concerts at the Regional Cultural Center.
Treelan and We Banjo 3 will perform in the RCC on the 21st and 24th respectively.
The Summer School has moved this year to the fantastic new Coláiste Ailigh building in Knocknamona, Letterkenny.
Further information on the Summer School can be found on the website: www.ceolnacoille.ie or contact Paul by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0876774601