Wednesday, June 24, 2020


The ongoing restrictions that are in place to try and contain the Covid-19 have put paid to the hundreds of traditional music festivals that usually light up an Irish summer, however, one forward-thinking festival committee in Mayo has decided that if the people can’t come for the music, then bring the music to the people. 50 hours of music over five days to be precise.

The Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School in Kilmovee has, in a relatively short period of time, become one of the top attractions for burgeoning Irish traditional musicians, young and old, where each summer they can hone and develop their skills in the company of some of Ireland’s very best exponents of trad.

And this year is going to be no exception, only that rather than sitting face to face in Kilmovee, student and tutor will engage online as the workshops are to be provided on a daily basis from Monday, June 29 to Friday, July 3 on Facebook Live. What’s more, each lesson is completely free.

Mayo’s very own Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín (harp), Joseph McNulty (bodhrán) and Laura Ganley (sean nós dancing) will be joined by Sligo musicians Oisín Mac Diarmaida (fiddle), Theresa O’Grady (banjo), Daithí Gormley (accordion), Cian Kearins (flute) and Caoimhe Kearins (traditional singing), and by Aidan Shannon (tin whistle) and Breda Shannon (concertina) from Roscommon, in giving the intermediate level lessons.

The 10 musicians will provide 10 hours of free tuition every day for five days.

No registration is required for the classes and for further information visit here

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