Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair / Winter School

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Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair / Winter School

Time: December 27, 2014 at 11am to January 2, 2015 at 4pm
Location: Gaoth Dobhair
Street: Doire Beaga
City/Town: Donegal
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Phone: 0749532208
Event Type: irish, traditional, music, school, with, classes, rectials, and, concerts
Organized By: Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair
Latest Activity: Oct 28, 2014

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Event Description

Of all the many Irish traditional music schools that have sprung up the world over, one stands out for the sheer uniqueness of its atmosphere and the magic it weaves. Away at the very top of the country, right at the close of the year, in an area blessed with wild beauty, lived tradition and fire-side hospitality, Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair is a world apart. 

In its first year under its new organisers, Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair, the School will continue the original vision of the Frankie Kennedy Winter School: to pass on, through sharing knowledge and nurturing talent, the joys of Irish traditional music, with special place given to the music and songs of the Donegal Gaeltacht.

Morning workshops remain at the heart of the Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair, and this year there are even more instruments on offer, as well as Sean Nós dance and Irish language classes. 

In partnership with Na Píobairí Uilleann, there will be three levels of piping classes, with Conor Day offering to let people “Try it out”, Síle Friel helping those at an intermediate stage in their playing, and Gay McKeon guiding the advanced players.

The tutors for this year – chosen not just for the calibre of their playing and teaching, which is central to the success of the School, but also for their individual connections with the area and/or its music – are as follows: 


Fiddle: Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Bríd Harper and Clare Friel  

Flute: Tara Diamond and Harry Bradley  

Tin whistle: Anna Friel and Maureen McGrattan 

Accordion: Danny O’Mahony 

Concertina: Míchéal Ó Raghallaigh 

Singing: Máire Ní Choilm 

Dancing: Edwina Guckian 

Guitar: Seamie O’Dowd 

Bodhrán: Seamus O’Kane 

Student musicians, friends, family and visitors to the area will be able to enjoy intimate afternoon recitals and concerts each evening with an A-list line up including Fiddler’s Bid, Liz Carroll, Séamus Begley, Catríona McKay, Chris Stout & Séamus Egan (Solas), Boys of the Lough, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh & Danny O’Mahony, Bríd Harper & Friends, and many more. 

As well as the usual pub sessions, there will also be craft workshops, guided walking tours and a special full screening of the famous Johnny Doherty interview done by Pete Seeger. 

All events will take place in the parish of Gaoth Dobhair, which is situated on the north-west coast of Donegal, include: Dún Lúiche’s, Ionad Cois Locha; Club CLG, Gaoth Dobhair; An Gailearaí, Páirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair; Teach Hiúdaí Beag in An Bun Beag; and Óstán an Chúirt.

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