O’Carolan Harp Festival & Summer School

The O’Carolan Summer School in Traditional Irish Music, Song, Set Dancing and Sean Nos Dancing will take place in Keadue commencing on Monday July 30.

The O’Carolan Summer School in Traditional Irish Music, Song, Set Dancing and Sean Nos Dancing will take place in Keadue commencing on Monday July 30.

Students attending the classes can avail of the following workshops : Harp, Flute, Tin Whistle Fiddle, Banjo, Button Accordion, Concertina, Bodhran, Traditional Singing, Set Dancing and Sean nos Dancing. Tutors for this year are : Grainne Hambley, Dearbhail Finnegan, Holly Geraghty, Michael Hurley, Dave Sheridan, Junior Davey, John Regan, Colm Greene, Padraig Sweeney, Lorraine Sweeney, Fiona Lavin, Irene Guckian, Bernie Geraghty, Mai Hernon, Roisin and Padraig McEneany and Padraig O’Hoibicin.

A number of music and singing competitions will also take place during the Summer School - Under 16 Fiddle competition for the Michael Cullen Perpetual Cup and the under 18 Flute competition for the Packie Bruen Perpetual Cup and there is also an under 16 Tin Whistle competition for the Boyle/McGrail Shield. This year an under 16 Ballad competition will take place for the Leo O’Dowd Perpetual Trophy sponsored by the O’Dowd family and of course for the over 16 there is the Josie McDermott Ballad competition.This year also features 2 new competitions, U18 Button Accordian Competition for the Lily Harte Perpetual Cup and a Senior Fiddle Competition (over 16) for the Kevin Farrell Memorial Cup.

A youth recital organiseed by Paraic Sweeney will take place on Thursday August 2 at 2.30pm ,where students attending the various classes will perform .This will be followed later on in the evening by a concert of Traditional Music, Song and Dance given by the tutors with the one & only Eugene Murphy Of Shannonside FM fame as MC. The concert starts at 8.30pm. A number of Ceili’s and Music Sessions will also take place throughout the week featuring The O’Carolan Country Ceili Band and Matt Cunningham.

Further information call: (071) 9647247.