Scoil Cheoil na Botha, Monaghan, 12th - 14th October

For those of you with an appetite for some more festival music and workshops you should check out the following.  Now in its 6th year, Scoil Cheoil na Botha, through the generous assistance of Monaghan Co. Council and the Arts Council, continues to aim to provide access to traditional music of the highest calibre in the north Monaghan border region. Through the provision of workshops and informal sessions for all ages, it hopes to celebrate the long standing heritage of the region.

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Friday 12th,

Launch of festival and opening session with the Legendary Donegal fiddle player Danny Meehan, Darren Breslin (All Ireland Box Champion 2008) from Fermanagh, Dónal McCague, whose fiddle album Bits ‘n’ Pieces shot to fame last year, Michael McCague (Guitar) of ‘At the Racket’ and ‘At First Light’ fame and Seán McElwain (bouzouki) of ‘Téada’ fame at 9pm in McCagues Bar in Scotstown.

Saturday 13th,

Registration for classes begins at 10am in Urbleshanny National School, Scotstown.
Classes cost €20 per person which includes master classes, lunch and tutor concert.
Discounts for families.

Classes will run from 11-1pm and 2-3.30pm
Tutor concert takes place in the school straight after classes from 4-5.30pm


Button Accordion: Darren Breslin
Fiddle : Danny Meehan
Fiddle: Laura Beagon
Whistle/flute: Dave Sheridan
Harp: Fionnuala Rooney
Banjo: Bronagh Graham
Piano Accordion: Shane Greene
Comhrá Gaeilge: Máire Nic Thaidhg.

The comhrá gaeilge class has been added to the festival for the first time this year and it is hope that it will encourage all irish speakers, from beginners to the fluent, to attend the class and the festival.
The class should benefit young people who would like to brush up on their spoken irish for their Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams.

Saturday evening session at 6pm in Moynas Bar, Scotstown for children who attended classes during the day led by tutors Fionnuala Rooney(Harp) and Bronagh Graham(Banjo)

Session in Henrys Bar, Scotstown at 8pm with Dave Sheridan(flute), Seán McCague(Banjo), Shane Greene(Piano).

Session in Mc Cagues at 10pm with Laura Beagon(fiddle), Davy Lambe(flute), Darren Breslin(Box), Danny Meehan(fiddle)

Sunday 14th,

Session in McCagues Bar 2pm with Conor McCague(Banjo), Seán Mc Elwain(Bouzouki), Dónal McCague(fiddle) and Dermot McKenna(piano)

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Contact Pauline on 04789161

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