Traditional Irish Music
The Section of Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology will host a series of Irish traditional music events this November as part of their inaugural Trad Week.
Featuring prominently will be the ‘Cosgrove fiddle’, on which the famous Sligo/American fiddle player Michael Coleman recorded some of his best known music. This fiddle is on loan to the Institute for this semester. The Institute will also team up with ICTM Ireland and the Oriel Centre at Dundalk Gaol to host students from other third level institutions for a series of workshops on performance in Irish traditional music entitled ‘Notes on Notes’.
The Section of Music is home to the Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Ensemble, a group of over fifty musicians, singers and dancers drawn from the DkIT community who perform at a variety of events during the year. Their concert on Thursday 22nd November will focus on the music of Sligo born fiddle players Michael Coleman and John Joe Gardiner. Coleman (1891-1945) is one of the most revered fiddle players in Irish music and spent most of his life in New York where he recorded some of the most influential records of Irish traditional music. Gardiner (1893-1979) was a contemporary of Coleman’s from Sligo who migrated to Dundalk and greatly influenced the local music scene in Co. Louth.
Events will start with a session in Dundalk on Tuesday at 9.30pm. On Wednesday, students from the Institute will interact with students in schools in Drogheda to improve awareness of local Irish traditional music. The Thursday Masterclass at the Institute will be facilitated by renowned fiddle player John Carty followed by a concert in the MacAnna Theatre featuring Ceol Oirghialla. On Saturday, students from around the country will converge on Dundalk for a series of workshops with experienced facilitators and producers in association with ICTM Ireland. Performers will also share their experiences in a round table discussion.
To reserve seats for the ‘Musical Migrations’ Concert at 7pm on Thursday 22 November please contact Ann Coffey, firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 042-9370280. To register for 'Notes on Notes' see ictm.ie.
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