To keep the feet tapping during the week, there is a superb selection of concerts, céilí bands, sessions and dancing in the town of Drumshanbo.
TG4 Musician of the year 2012 and renowned Leitrim fiddle player Brian Rooney will open the Joe Mooney Summer School on Sunday, July 22 in the Lough Allen Hotel from 7.30pm.
The organisers of the Joe Mooney Summer School are immensely proud of Brian and his wonderful achievement. The opening concert with John Carty joining Brian Rooney along with Gabriel McArdle and the Newtrad Trio (Dave Sheridan, Donal and Michael McCague) will showcase traditional music at its very best. Fear an Tí on the night will be Charlie McGettigan. This concert is sure to set the high tone for the week ahead.
Every night at the Joe Mooney Summer School is a night of celebration, ceol agus craic.
During the week on Thursday night, the grand traditional concert where all the tutors take to the stage is a must for every music lover.
A variety of Céilí Bands will keep you dancing throughout the Summer School. The ever popular Annaly from Longford, Five Counties from the south, Deenagh make their debut in Drumshanbo this year and the all time favourites Swallow’s Tail will keep the music playing in Drumshanbo Community School.
Don’t forget Celtic Legends - you can catch them in the methodist Church on Wednesday at 7pm.
The Friday night BBQ at Lough Allen Hotel will be a lively event with up and coming young female trad band Líadan starting the night’s music. The entertainment will continue with Swallows Tail in the Community centre.
You better get your shoes ready for the Open Air Set Dancing Ceili Time Band on the High Street, Drumshanbo from 5pm on Saturday July 28. Slan Abhaile Ceili and Glenside Ceili will perform in the Community Centre from 9.30pm on Saturday night.
Of course sessions will be held around the bars of Drumshanbo for the entire week. For children there will also be Children’s story time with Gerry Boland on Thursday afternoon, a guided tour and workshop to the homestead of Michael McKenna and all the craic that goes with meeting old friends and making new ones.
The hardworking committee of the Joe Mooney Summer School would like to thank everyone for their support , especially Leitrim Arts and their local sponsors. The committee wishes everyone a great week of music and fun.