Traditional Irish Music
If you play the wooden flute then this might just be for you. Cruinniú na bhFliúit (The Flute meeting) is an annual festival celebrating the use of the wooden simple system flute in Irish traditional music.
Based in the West Cork Gaeltacht village of Baile Bhuirne the event runs in the week after Easter Sunday each year. Participants gather on the Wednesday evening, and the classes begin the following morning.
The flute classes are the core of the Cruinniú, and unlike in many other cases they are not graded according to ability, in the sense of beginners, intermediate and advanced, but rather each class is a mix of abilities, ages, and backgrounds, where each student takes from the teacher at their own level. The emphasis is not simply on learning tunes, but in trying to introduce students to Irish traditional music as a whole, it’s repertoire, techniques, and lore.
Given the small size ( around 40 students) and resulting intimate nature of the Cruinniú, we consider the social side of things to be just as important as the formal events. Learning doesn’t just take place in classes....
As well as classes of mixed ability, we have also, from the inception of the Cruinniú, ensured that all students have access to all teachers, so that there are four periods of classes, and each student will have one period with each teacher.
With regard to teachers they state that "As always, the policy of Cruinniú na bhFliúit has been to retain our two founding teachers, and ask others to teach for two years in a row. So this year as always, we have Hammy Hamilton, Conal Ó'Gráda, Save Sheridan, Tara Bingham and Michael Clarkson."
Check their website www.flutemeet.org
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