Ireland Festival and Summer School highlights for July 2013

The trad music calender is entering a busy phase starting in July and as part of that there are a number of retreats, schools and festivals taking place which we will try and highlight as they occur.  Starting next week in Clare there is a new opportunity for flute players to smarten up on their technique.  The OAIM ( Online Academy of Irish Music ) have started summer musical retreats as part of their offer.  This would seem like an obvious follow on to their online courses. They are calling them Irish Music Holidays which would be a great way to mix your holiday with some music and take in the sights of Clare.

For anyone attending it would be a great chance to meet some of those tutors that have been keeping you up late at night making it look so easy. They are grouping the retreats by instrument with Flute on 30th June - 4th July, Fiddle on July 14th - 18th and Concertina on August 4th - 8th.  In addition to the above they now have over 40 free lessons including 7 on fiddle available on their site.  We use the facilities from time to time and its great for families as you get access to everything. Check in at and for the music retreats.

Held annually since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy, the Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is Ireland's largest traditional music summer school. During the week, students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance. In addition, a full program of lectures, recitals, dances (céilithe) and exhibitions are run by the summer school. This runs from July 6th to 14th. Visit their Website

Heading north to Sligo and nestled at the foot of the Ox Mountains, the south Sligo town of Tubbercurry is the setting for the 27th annual South Sligo Summer School of traditional music, song and dance. The school is a celebration of Irish music and in particular the unique south Sligo style made famous by Michael Coleman. Classes are held each morning in most traditional instruments as well as traditional singing, lilting and sean nos style. All classes and workshops are facilitated by tutors of the highest calibre and classes are graded in all instruments. Some of today's tutors started as students back in 1987! Website

Sticking with Sligo the Coleman County Bodhrán School runs from 1st - 5th July

The Meitheal Residential Summer School that runs in Villiers School in Limerick caters for players of various abilities but they are not suitable for beginners. Players need to have at least four years of experience and be able to play reels at dance tempo with ornamentation. It runs July 22nd - 26th. Visit

In Co. Mayo Scoil Acla takes place and it is one of Irelands’ oldest summer schools, originally founded on Achill Island Co.Mayo in 1910 and revived in 1985, Scoil Acla is a week-long music and cultural summer school comprising of classes in Traditional Irish Music, Irish language classes – Achill dialect (Gaelig’ Acla), and Sean-Nós singing plus workshops in Sean nós dancing,  Traditional Irish Dancing,and the ever popular and well attended Creative Writing. The Traditional Basket Weaving instruction has proven to be one of the more popular courses for those who may not be too artistic when it comes to an instrument, a pen, a voice or any who have ‘two left feet’! Visit their Website

For a full listing of festival's please visit our Festival's page

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