Drumshanbo - The gateway to Irish traditional music

The Joe Mooney Summer School celebrates 25 years of traditional music, song and dance from July 20-27.Photo by Willie Donnellan
The Joe Mooney Summer School has been twenty five years a growing -and now it is in full bloom.

The Joe Mooney Summer School has been twenty five years a growing -and now it is in full bloom.

The story of the Joe Mooney Summer School’s growth is both interesting and amazing. It began in 1989 when a seed was sown in Drumshanbo by a small group of people who set out to promote the unique style of Leitrim music and traditional culture.

From small beginnings, it has organically grown from year to year and has become widely known and highly regarded on the traditional calendar. It now provides traditional music workshops, singing and set dancing for over 
1000 students with 50 of the best tutors in Ireland.

The list consists of the creme de la creme such as Pat Murphy, Joe and Ann Conroy Burke, Neillidh Mulligan, Noel Hill, John Wynne, Micheal Hurley, Rosie Stewart, Paddy Ryan, John Daly, Síle Denvir, Deirdre Chawle, Michael Mc Cague and talented younger generation tutors -Dónal Mc Cague, Dave Sheridan,Padraig Mc Govern, Lisa Ward, Martin Howley, Fiachra Ó Regan,Lorcán Mach Mathúna and many more.

The Official Opening for the 25th year will be performed by our best known tutor and accordionist -the one and only Joe Burke in Lough Allen Hotel followed by Traditional Group Beoga in Concert on Sunday, July 22.

Enjoy the Fiddle Recital on Monday night with Special Guest -Dónal Mc Cague TG4 Ceoltóir Og na Bliana and the Flute and Whistle Recital on Wednesday night featuring Enda Seery at the Leitrim launch of his new CD -”Síocháin na Tuaithe.”

The Grand Traditional Concert on Thursday night brings together the whole Gathering of Tutors for an amazing celebration of Traditional culture. On the shores of beautiful Lough Allen and enjoying the music of All Ireland winning Ceili Band “Dartry,” the now established Summer School B/B/Q is an evening for all the family.

For the Set dancers, there is a full week of Set Dancing Ceilis with top class Ceili Bands - Annaly, Copperplate, Five Counties, Swallow`s Tail, Glenside and Open Air Dancing on Saturday on the High Street with Ceili Time - bringing together all friends old and new for a great gathering of local and visiting traditionalists.

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