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.


Traditional Singing

These are not singing classes, the workshops will take the form of lectures, group discussions, class participation and demonstrations by traditional singers in Irish and English. The workshops will be held daily from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., Monday to Saturday at St. Joseph's Secondary School, Spanish Point and will be conducted by Brian Mullen and Ian Lee.


Dúchas an Cheoil (The Heritage of Irish Music).

Dúchas an Cheoil is an ideal forum in which to learn about the history and evolution of Irish traditional music, song and dance, and the personalities, organisations and events that have shaped that history and narrative. The primary focus is on the listening experience and on creating an awareness of the social and historical context in which the larger part of this musical tradition was created.  Emphasis is placed on a relaxed and informal interaction between student, tutors and players and singers. The musicians and singers who visit the class are among the most acclaimed practitioners of Irish music and students are encouraged at all times to ask questions. They are not required to have any previous experience or expertise in Irish music. Curiosity and an open mind and ear are all they need to bring.

Tutors:  Paddy Glackin is a leading fiddle player of his generation.  He has been to the fore in promoting the fiddle music of Donegal and has played a seminal role in a number of enormously influential music groupings such as Ceoltóirí Laighean, The Bothy Band and composer John Cage’s Roaratorio. He has recorded widely as a solo and ensemble player and he was for many years a producer in RTÉ. Cathal Goan has a life-long interest in Irish music and song and started his professional career in RTÉ as an archivist  with special responsibility for Irish music and song.  He has written on a number of aspects of the Donegal song tradition and served for many years as chairman of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.  He was founding director of TG4 and also Director General of RTÉ.

Please note that this course is recognised by the DES as an approved course for primary teachers.


Sparks on the Floor: Irish Step Dance and American Tap Dance: Four dance workshops will be given by Kieran Jordan and Kevin Doyle  on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th of July from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Mill Marquee, beside the GAA grounds. These workshops are unique to this year's Summer School and they are free to registered students and €10 per day to non-registered participants. This is a special dance workshop exclusive to the 2018 Summer School.


Language Classes: conversational Irish (beginners, intermediate, advanced) and Scots Gaelic (beginners)

2pm to 3pm at the National School, Mullagh Road, Miltown Malbay.



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