Come west along the road and experience The Joe Mooney Summer School 2014 which opens this Saturday, July 19 and runs until the 26th in Drumshanbo.
The famous Summer School of the renowned Joe Mooney includes an extensive list of workshops and classes by highly regarded tutors as well as a week of entertainment with locally and nationally acclaimed musicians and bands. The school attracts visitors and musicians from all over the world and throughout Ireland as well as locally.
A Fáilte and Gathering sessions will welcome in the traditional music, song and dance school and festival Saturday, July 19 at 9pm.
The official opening is this Sunday, 20 at 7.30pm in Lough Allen Hotel. Leitrim Person of the Year Eleanor Shanley will open this year’s school. The talented singer will perform in the huge opening concert “Mórtas Liatroma” which will also include Peter Carberry, Pádriag McGovern who collaborated on Forgotten Gems Michael and Donal McCague ‘The Waylaid Men.’ MC on the night is Charlie McGettigan.
A talk on The Development of the Mouth Organ in Traditonal Music with Noel Battles will take place at 3pm at St John’s Heritage Centre on Monday 21st. The Fiddle Recital will see the exciting launch of ‘Drumshanbows’ album by Ronan Regan, Irene Guckian and fiddle tutors and local players in Lough Allen Hotel at 8pm. The set dancing ceili will be entertained by Annaly Ceilí Band at the Community Centre at 9pm.
Learn about The Life and Music of Josie McDermot, the flute player and renowned composer with Mai Harte-Baxter, Brenda Sweeney and friends at St John’s Heritage Centre at 3pm on Tuesday, 22. The Teen Trad Recital for talented younger singers and musicians featuring Ceoltóirí Lough Allen will be at 7pm in the Community Centre. The Singers Evening returns at 8pm in the Methodist Church with Rosie Stewart, Fionnuala Reilly, Caoimhe Kearins, Lorcán Mac Mathuna, Sile Denvir, Seamus O’Donnell and friends. The Ceili on Tuesday night is with Five Counties Céili Band at 9pm in the Community Centre.
On Wednesday, July 23 Eamon and Orla Daly (Harp) present Songs of World War (1914-1918) at 3pm in st John’s Heritage Centre. The launch of the much anticipated ‘McKenna Project’ will be in Lough Allen Hotel at 7.30pm. Céili Dancing by Five Counties Céili Band at 9pm in the Community Centre.
The Grand Traditional Concert, a top class performance by Summer School Tutors and Special Guests with the Dartry Céili Band will get under way at 8pm in the Community Centre on Thursday. The concert will feature the band’s new CD and is sure to be one of the week’s highlights. All of the tutors are experienced and award winning musicians and this conccert is usually highly anticipated each year.
The Traditional Guided Tour with Michael Tubridy/ Sean Gilbride will bring visitors to the homestead of John McKenna, Tarmon and the Grave side of Packie Duignan, Argina from 3-6pm on Friday 25th. At 6.30pm don’t miss the Summer School BBQ at Lough Allen Hotel with music by popular local band and All Ireland Champions The Moylurg Band.
Leitrim Craft Beer and Boxty Fest get the closing day off to a great start at 4pm, High Street. There will be open air music and set dancing with Duntally Ceili Band also on High Street before the annual Slán Abhaile Set Dancing Céili - Glenside at 9.30pm in the Community Centre.
Whether you come to sing, dance, play an instrument or just to tap your foot and enjoy the atmosphere, make sure you stop in for a session in Drumshanbo next week. There will be sessions and entertainment throughout the town over the week.
A list of accommodation, campsite info as well as class details at www.joemooneysummerschool.com
The committee would like to thank and appreciate the generous sponsors who provide funds even in hard times.