The Joe Mooney Summer School of Traditional Music, Song and Dance will take place in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim from July 21st – 28th, 2012. This renowned Summer School, now in its 24th year, will provide a full programme of workshops in traditional instruments– fiddle, flute, banjo, bodhrán, whistle, concertina, button accordion, piano accordion, harp, uilleann pipes, mandolin and bouzouki. Traditional accompaniment was successfully added to our programme last year and will be offered again in 2012. Tuition is also available in Set Dancing, Sean Nós Dancing, 2 Hand Dancing, Traditional Singing and Sean Nós Singing.
These daily workshops are presented professionally by tutors of the highest calibre. All classes are graded and all grades are well catered for by experienced tutors with excellent pedagogic skills and strong motivation in passing on our traditional culture to overseas students and especially to our next generation of traditional musicians.
For the more advanced and accomplished students, it is a unique opportunity to gain top class tuition from traditional icons of our time in a truly traditional environment. Classes are also available for beginners in whistle, bodhrán, singing, set dancing with set dancing supremo – Pat Murphy and Sean Nós dancing with Leitrim’s own Edwina Guckian, who has made a huge impact on the sean nós scene promoting the sean nós tradition among the younger generation.
To keep the feet tapping during the week, there is a superb selection of Céilí Bands providing the music for nightly Céilís-the ever popular Annaly from Longford, Five Counties from the south, Deenagh making their debut in Drumshanbo this year and the all– time favourites Swallow’s Tail and Glenside. Céilí Time Band will have you all dancing on High Street for Saturday afternoon.
Congratulations to Leitrim Fiddler, Brian Rooney, winner of TG4 Gradam Award 2012 for Best Musician. The organisers in Leitrim are immensely proud of Brian and his wonderful achievement. They look forward to having him in Drumshanbo to perform the Official Opening of The Joe Mooney Summer School 2012 in Lough Allen Hotel and in Concert with John Carty and friends on Sunday July 22nd to celebrate his Gradam Award in his native County. Beir bua agus beannacht ar Bhrian agus ar gceol traidisiúnta i gcónaí.
Drumshanbo is the heart and soul of traditional music scene in Leitrim and welcomes its visitors with a huge Céad Míle Fáilte.
For further information www.joemooneysummerschool.com
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