O’Carolan Harp Festival & Summer School 2015

Arrangements are at an advanced stage for the O’Carolan Harp Festival and Summer School 2015.

Arrangements are at an advanced stage for the O’Carolan Harp Festival and Summer School 2015.

Harpers and traditional musicians from all over the world are expected in large numbers once again to Keadue for the O’Carolan Harp Festival and Summer School.

The festival which is held under the auspices of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann and in memory of the great harper and composer Turlough O’Carolan who is buried in Kilronan Cemetery, will take place over the August bank holiday weekend from Friday, 31st July to Monday, 3rd August.

A group from Meath Archaeological & Historical Society visited Kilronan cemetery recently where a wreath was laid on the grave of the great Irish harper and composer, Turlough O’Carolan, lead by the president of Comhaltas Ceolteoiri Eireann, Anne Finnegan. Anne said that Kilronan cemetery was a special place for everyone, the resting place of one of County Meath’s finest sons. She extended a very special appreciation to the members of the O’Carolan Festival Committee for joining them and referred to them as “our companions in music”.

A Summer school in traditional music, song, set dancing and sean nós dancing will take place the week before the festival from July 27-31.

Now in its 37th year this very popular event promises to be even more successful than in previous years.

Throughout the festival weekend there are concerts, music sessions, door dancing competition, céilíthe, lectures and of course the International Harp competition with a prize fund of €2,500 sponsored by local company, Arigna Fuels Limited.

The winners of this prestigious competition in previous years came from USA, France, Japan, Scotland, England, Germany & of course Ireland.

Students can avail of the following workshops – harp, flute, whistle, banjo, fiddle, button accordion, concertina, bodhran, traditional singing, set dancing and sean nós dancing, all approved by the Department of Education.

More info: www.ocarolanharpfestival.ie