Drumshanbo – The gateway to Irish traditional music

Drumshanbo is once again preparing for the influx of traditional music students, musicians and revellers for the renowned Joe Mooney Summer School 2012 from July 21-28.

Drumshanbo is once again preparing for the influx of traditional music students, musicians and revellers for the renowned Joe Mooney Summer School 2012 from July 21-28.

One of the biggest traditional music events in the West, the Joe Mooney Summer School has become a mecca for music lovers around the globe with its friendly and hospitable atmosphere in the heart of Leitrim.

Now in its 24th year, the School provides a full programme of workshops for the 24th school including fiddle, concertina, flute, banjo, bodhran, whistle, mandolin, harp, piano accordion, uillean pipes, accompaniment in the piano and guitar and the new 2012 class for bouzouki.

The school also hosts tuition in set dancing, Sean Nos dancing, singing and traditional singing.

All classes are graded and presented by renowned tutors of the highest calibre. 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.

Some of the tutors at the Joe Mooney Summer School are local, some international – but all are among the best in the world. There are 54 tutors teaching classes for the entire week.

Last year over a thousands students travelled to Drumshanbo to learn, play and spend a week among Ireland’s greatest musicians. They flew in from New Zealand and Australia, from corners of Europe and travelled en masse from around the country with a large number of buses arriving daily from Cavan, Fermanagh, Roscommon, Sligo and counties around the region.

You do not have to be an accomplished musician to join in,“Fiddlesticks” provides an opportunity for children and adults to try out the fiddle with tutor Devon Mac Gillivray with fiddles of all sizes available.

Beginners may enrol in Set Dancing, Bodhran, Tin Whistle and Fiddle. The Set Dancing, Whistle and Singing classes are also grant approved by the Department of Education.

Value for money is important during these recessionary times and the Joe Mooney Summer School has not increased its tuition prices. Adults are €80 for the week and children are €65. Daily rates are available also.

Registration for all classes is on Sunday at the Community Centre from 4-6pm and on Monday in the Community Centre from 9am.

This is a week long traditional festival of Irish music, song and dance named after the man who did so much to promote the cause of Leitrim and his beloved town. The committee continue to emulate his high ideals, endeavouring to promote Leitrim’s heritage of traditional music, while handing on the best traditions of the past to future generations.

All workshop information is available on www.joemooneysummerschool.com