Scoil Cheoil na Botha - Co Monaghan 10th - 12th October

Scoil Cheoil na Botha returns to Scotstown, Co. Monaghan from 10th-12th October for it’s 8th consecutive year. The festival will be launched in Scotstown GAA Complex next Friday night, 10th October at 8pm. The night will also launch two new traditional albums from local artists. “The Waylaid Man” by Michael McCague, an album of self-compositions, aptly named by former TG4 lifetime achievement award winner, Danny Meehan (artist-in-residence, 2014), back at Scoil Cheoil na Botha 2012. “Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over it” album, has culminated from a PhD by Sean McElwain on the music of the “Sliabh Beagh” region of North Monaghan/East Fermanagh from the 19th and 20th Centuries, featuring musicians from the “Sliabh Beagh” area. Michael and Sean will be joined by Conor and Donal McCague on the night. Following the conclusion of the CD launches, Sessions will bring Friday night to a close from 10pm.

Workshops will run on Saturday 11th October, in Urbleshanny School from 11am - 3:30pm followed by a tutors recital. Tutors include Michael Rooney (harp), John Blake (guitar), Jesse Smith & James Carty (fiddle), Rosie Stewart (traditional singing), Shane Greene (piano accordion), Brian McGrath (banjo), Damien O Reilly (button accordion), Caoilfhionn Ni Fhrighil (concertina) and Tommy Fitzharris (flute).

 This year’s festival will feature a unique workshop designed for little ears, little hands, little feet, and little voices. In a show entitled “The Little Tree and the Creatures of Whistleberry Forest”, children will go on a musical journey, singing, dancing, and exploring lots of musical instruments. Local man, Thomas Johnston, will facilitate this project. Thomas (uilleann pipes, whistles, and voice) has gained extensive experience in facilitating music workshop experiences for very young children. Most recently, he has facilitated workshops with 'The Ark Cultural Centre' for children, The Base Ballyfermot Youth Centre and Childcare Facility, Common Ground, Axis Ballymun Arts Centre, and Early Childhood Ireland. He currently performs with folk legend, Finbar Furey.

There are two of "The Little Tree" workshops on offer on Saturday 11th October; one at 10.30am, which is suitable for children aged 2-3 and one at 12pm, suitable for children aged 4-6. "The Quiet Tree" lasts for approximately 50 minutes with students asked to arrive 10 minutes before the starting time, accompanied by a participating adult.

Saturday Sessions include an early evening intermediate session in Moyna’s Bar (5pm) and later, sessions in McCague’s and Henry’s featuring some of our tutors. The intermediate session has proved to be a huge success in previous years, allowing pupils the chance to experience music on a more sociable level.


To find out more about the festival, please visit email or call 0863862080 or 0862559831. Find us on Facebook “Scoil Cheoil” or @ScoilCheoil on Twitter.

Two tracks from albums being launched

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