Traditional Irish Music
Acadia Trad School’s summer music program is where serious trad musicians at all levels gather for a week of music, dance, concerts, sessions, fun and learning with high-profile trad faculty. Acadia Trad School (officially, Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts), turns two this year, having run a hugely successful first year program in 2013. The school’s focus is on Irish, Appalachian Old-Time, Acadian, Québécois, Cape Breton, and Cajun music. Acadia Trad School boasts a world-class faculty line up including Kevin Burke, *Liz Carroll, *John Doyle, *Bruce Molsky, Michael Doucet, *Vishtèn (the band), *Pádraig Rynne, Troy MacGillivray, Cillian Vallely, Richard Forest and more.
[* 2014 faculty]
The summer program is hosted on the beautiful campus of the College of the Atlantic on the shores of Frenchman Bay, Mount Desert Island, in Bar Harbor, Maine (USA). The campus abuts Acadia National Park giving students access to plenty of other activities including boat tours, bike riding, kayaking, swimming, and hiking. There is also entertainment and fine dining just a short walk from the college campus. Concerts are held every night at the college auditorium followed by late evening sessions.
"It was a fiddler's dream week! With world-famous teachers, terrific meals, and rollicking jam sessions on a gorgeous campus by the sea, it just doesn't get better than this,” says internationally best selling author, Tess Gerritsen who attended the school in 2013.
The Acadia Trad School summer program allows students to focus on a primary instrument with a highly select group of instructors. Students learn technique, tunes, approach and theory. The school program also offers students a menu of afternoon workshops in which they can take classes in other intruments or dance. Afternoon workshops are also available for walk-in registration. “Our goal is to provide a rich music learning environment that brings the highest quality faculty together with students of all ages who want to experience the joys of traditional music, dance and culture. Acadia Trad School builds community, bridges generations, and celebrates culture.” says Chuck Donnelly, the school’s director.
The 2014 program focuses on Irish, Appalachian Old-Time, and Acadian music and dance. This year will include a special cultural event celebrating the 2014 World Acadian Congress. With daily classes for registered students, over 90 afternoon workshops, concerts every evening, and late night sessions, this new school is already an important addition to the world of traditional music. Registration for music camp is now open. For more information about Acadia Trad School visit www.acadiatradschool.com.
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