Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2019

The 47th Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland. Saturday 6th July to Sunday 14th July, 2019.

Sráid na Cathrach, Co. an Chláir  6ú Iúil - 14ú Iúil.


Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is a week-long summer school in traditional music and set dance held annually at Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. The first and biggest of such events, it commemorates the town's best-known uilleann piper, Willie Clancy, and has been running since just after his death in 1973. The idea was initiated by Clancy himself, and implemented within six months by teacher Muiris Ó Rócháin in collaboration with CCE's timire ceoil Séamus Mac Mathúna and local musicians Martin Talty, Paddy Joe McMahon and Junior Crehan. The school is focused around the teaching of instruments and set dancing in formal classes, but stresses the value of the oral/aural tradition. In its fleadh-style volume of music-making in bars it has become something of a Mecca in the music, its retinue of up to a hundred and fifty teachers, and hundreds of improving and competent musicians, dancers and singers drawing in thousands of listeners. The school addresses the cultural and intellectual side of traditional music by the inclusion of daily workshops on singing and the tradition, afternoon lectures and evening recitals. The 'Breandán Breathnach memorial lecture', given by various authorities in traditional music, opens the school, a music tribute at Clancy's grave, launch of albums and publications in traditional music follow. Scores of impromptu sessions accompany these organised activities, nightly set dance and céilis complement a routine of morning classes given by top players on uilleann pipes, flute, tin whistle, concertina, fiddle, button accordion and set dancing. [Classes in harp, banjo and harmonica have been added in recent years.]

- Adapted from The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, edited by Fintan Vallely, (Cork University Press (1999)


Sponsors and Benefactors.

We are especially grateful to the following for financial assistance to the 2018 School:

The Arts Council  • Foras Na Gaeilge • T.G.4 • IMRO • Colmcille • Fáilte Ireland • Clare County Council • Diageo Ireland  • Local Community • The Irish-American Partnership  • RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta


Táimíd fíorbhuíoch do:

Clare FM

Na Píobairí Uilleann • Bellbridge Hotel •

Lucht Riartha Halla an Phobail agus an Scoil Náisiúnta, Sráid na Cathrach • Armada Hotel • An Ghiolla Finn • St Joseph's Secondary School, Spanish Point • Spanish Point Golf Club • West Clare Resource Centre • Clare County Library • St Joseph's G.A.A. Club, Miltown Malbay • Church of Ireland Community Centre, Spanish Point • National School, Credit Union, Leon Centre, Quilty Tavern, Kilmurry Ibrickane G.A.A. Club, Quilty.

As ucht na cabhrach a fuaireamar uathu i slite difriúla.


Clare Co. Council

Foras na Gaeilge

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