• Summer School of Irish Traditional Music

    Ceol na Coille

    9th - 13th July 2018 Letterkenny, Co Donegal

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    Venue: Coláiste Ailigh, Knocknamona, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

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  • DES approved

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    An integrated approach to Irish Music Pedagogy enhancing the delivery of the traditional Irish music curriculum for children 6 – 12 yrs

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Ceol na Coille is an Irish Music School based in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

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Bennett Schwartz and Leslie Frazier

Bennett Schwartz and Leslie Frazier

Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA

Ceol na Coille Summer School was a wonderful and comfortable place for our daughter to learn traditional Irish fiddle. Una and Paul are superb musicians, gracious hosts, and excellent teachers. As parents, we were pleased with the organization of the school and the zeal of the instructors. Our daughter benefited from enthusiastic instruction from professional musicians, who emphasized the technique of traditional Irish music, but also made it a fun and rewarding experience for the students. And coming from abroad, we were pleased at the sense of community that the summer school fostered. We felt very welcomed, and as a young musician, our daughter loved the chance to learn new music, play in a session at a pub, and make new friends.

Participant

Participant

Fabulous summer school. Great atmosphere can't recommend it highly enough!

Participant

Participant

Broad range of resources very well presented and discussed.

Guest

Guest

Wonderfully engaging, enlightening and inspiring. Highly accomplished, shared a wealth of knowledge

Participant

Very personalized and differentiated for every need in the group

Participant

Participant

An excellent week with fantastic tuition – loved it!

Participant

An excellent week, which was enjoyable, practical and well structured. Would definitely recommend the course to others, I’ll be back!

 

 

A Gaeltacht Experience in Letterkenny

This year, further to workshops in Irish Traditional Music, Ceol na Coille Summer School is offering a unique opportunity for 10-13 year olds to experience all the fun of the Gaeltacht on their own doorstep.

“Tá Bliain na Gaeilge á céilúradh i 2018 agus tá sé spesialta dúinn gur féidir linn an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn mar seo inár gclár i mbliana. The Irish language has always been central to Ceol na coille but even more so this year as we celebrate Bliain na Gaeilge nationally.” explains Úna Ní Bhriain who is coordinating Irish language activities at this year’s summer school.

“The Taithí Gaeltachta or Gaeltacht Experience offers morning classes in the Irish language, coupled with a host of other fun activities through the medium of Irish will ensure that this group of young people will be ‘Gaeltacht Ready’ when their time comes to reside for three weeks with the ‘bean a’ tí’ in their chosen Gaeltacht course. It will really boost the participants’ confidence in speaking Irish and is a great opportunity to enjoy the language with young people who are the same age and who share some of the same interests. We are delighted to be able to have it as part of our program this year with support from Foras na Gaeilge and Líonra Leitir Ceanainn.”

Music, sport and art are only a few of the activities that will be included throughout the week.  A fun, friendly staff will be supervising and teaching the group.

The group will participate in many team activities so that they can get to know each other and build long-lasting friendships. Of particular interest is a media workshop which will be facilitated by Letterkenny’s Caoimhe Ní Chathail who works in the Irish language media, for Meon Eile, TG4 and Raidió Fáilte.

“Caoimhe is a past pupil of Coláiste Ailigh, where all the week’s activities will take place, so this will be a homecoming of sorts for her. Using i-Pads provided, the workshop will centre around blogging and tweeting as Gaeilge, as well as looking at how to use camera when filming. Caoimhe is a real pro and full of energy and I’m certain this will be a high point of week’s activities.”

Ceol na Coille’s Summer school offers a host of Irish language opportunities, including adult comhrá classes and Club Gaelach for 6-9 year olds.

Bookings now being taken for all courses and classes. For more information visit www.ceolnacoille.ie

@ForasnaGaeilge

 

World Class Traditional Artists for Ceol na Coille Summer School

Traditional music enthusiasts from around the globe will be travelling to Letterkenny 9th – 13th July for the7th annual Ceol na Coille Traditional Music Summer School. Now well established as part of the summer scene along the Wild Atlantic Way, this years summer school will welcome visitors from Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austrialia and USA. And its not only music lovers that will be jetting in for this July, as this year joining the team of tutors are internationally acclaimed artists Catriona McKay – Harp, Jarlath Henderson – Uilleann Pipes and Hamish Napier – Piano. Based at Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ceol na Coille has quickly become one of the ‘must-visit’ weeks of traditional music in the calendar year and its reputation has continued to grow.

Ceol na Coille director Paul Harrigan, an All-Ireland winner on Uilleann Pipes and Piano Accordion, says it’s looking like another record-breaking year.

“This is our seventh year and it’s getting bigger and better every year,” he said. “We’re in the heart of Donegal, which is famous for its traditional music. We have a great team of tutors and we pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming.”

Hamish Napier, ceol na coille summer school, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland, Flute, PianoVisitors will learn from the highest calibre of tutors in stunning surroundings. A harmonious mix of local and visiting tutors offer classes on a wide range of instruments and at several levels.  The long list of tutors also includes many familiar names such as Roisin McGrory & Clodagh Warnock – fiddle, Michael Carey, Kate McKinley Forde – Whistle, Joleen McLaughlin – Harp, Donna Harkin and Edel McLaughlin – Accordion and John Lee – Flute. This year will see visiting tutors – Deirdre Scanlan – Traditional Singing, Padraig McGovern – Uilleann Pipes, Bríd Harper & Paul O’Shaughnessy – fiddle, Tony O’Connell and Niall Hackett – Concertina, Conor Moriarty – Button Accordion, Dale McKay – Bodhrán and Paul Meehan – Guitar.

The Summer School is ever growing with this year seeing the addition of week long traditional singing workshops as well as “Taithí Gaeltachta”, an initiative squeezing the full Gaeltacht experience into daily classes and workshops with music, sport, drama and art. A family-friendly summer school Ceol na Coille also offers: Trad Camp for kids, “An Club Gaelach”, Improver classes and Irish Language classes for adults.

For teachers, there’s a weeklong CPD course approved by the Department of Education and Skills, delivered by Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain of the University of Limerick. In addition, there are daily recitals, a series of inspiring concerts and thrilling nightly sessions & Festival Club making Ceol na Coille an outstanding week of traditional music, song and Gaeilge.

Ceol na Coille runs from Monday 9th to Friday 13th July 2017. It’s followed immediately this year by the big Folk and Roots weekend of the Earagail Arts Festival in Letterkenny and elsewhere in Donegal.

Bígí ann!

For more information see www.ceolnacoille.ie

@EaragailArts @whatsondonegal @WOLetterkenny @CulturalCentre

CPD Summer Course in Traditional Music for Teachers

Teachers CPD, EPV Days, DES approved, Traditional Music SUmmer School, Ceol na Coille, Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Donegal, WAW, Wild Atlantic Way,Ceol na Coille Summer School 9-13 July, is again offering our CPD course for teachers. The course is DES approved and participants can take part in classes on a wide range of instruments and also Traditional Singing over the week. Morning sessions consist of the instrumental and singing instruction with the afternoon session taking the form of workshop/Lecture, delivered by Dr. Orfhliath Ní Bhriain – University of Limerick – followed by daily recitals by some of our fantastic line up of Tutors. A music filled week of classes, workshops, recitals, concerts, sessions and festival Club. More details can be found on the website www.ceolnacoille.ie

Orfhliath Ní Bhriain, University of Limerick, Mick McCabe, Irish Dance, Set Dances, Ceol na Coille Summer School, Letterkenny, Donegal Traditional Music

Jigs to Jacobites – Book Launch

Orfhliath Ní Bhriain, University of Limerick, Mick McCabe, Irish Dance, Set Dances, Ceol na Coille Summer School, Letterkenny, Donegal Traditional MusicAnother exciting launch at this years Ceol na Coille Summer School 9-13 July ‘Jigs to Jacobites – 4000 years of Irish History told through 40 Traditional Set Dances’ This new publication from Dr Orfhliath Ní Bhriain – University of Limerick – and Mick McCabe, will be of interest to musicians and dance teachers alike. The launch will take place in Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny on Wednesday 11th July at 3.30pm. All recitals, launches and Festival Club – House Wine bar and Tap Room – are free and open to public. information at www.ceolnacoille.ie   Bígí Linn

Séamus McGuire & John Lee Album Launch at Ceol na Coille

Séamus McGuire, John Lee, Stephen Grier, Flute, Fiddle, Irish Traditional Music, Ceol na Coille Summer School, Irish Music Summer School, Traditional Music, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal, Irish Music FestivalSéamus McGuire and John Lee will be launching their highly acclaimed new album ‘The Legacy of Stephen Grier’ at this years Ceol na Coille Summer School 9-13 July. The Launch will take place at 3.30pm on Tuesday 10th July in Coláiste Ailigh. The daily recitals and launches are free and open to the public. More info on Ceol na Coille Summer School at ceolnacoille.ie  For more info on Séamus McGuire and John Lee and The Legacy of Stephen Grier  click here

Hamish Napier album Launch at Ceol na Coille Summer School 9-13 July

Hamish Napier, ceol na coille summer school, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland, Flute, PianoDelighted that Hamish Napier is joining the team of tutors at this years summer school in Letterkenny. Hamish, described as “One of Scotland’s busiest and most multi-faceted folk musicians.”- Sunday Herald,  will be performing a few tracks from his new album ‘The Railway’ at a launch on Monday 9th July at 3.30 in Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny. For more info on Hamish see hamishnapier.com All recitals are free and open to the public. More info on @ceolnacoille Summer School 2018 can be found at www.ceolnacoille.ie

@wildatlanticway @napierhamish @donegaltourism

Exciting announcements for Ceol na Coille Summer School

Great news just in for Ceol na Coille Summer School 9th-13th July. In addition to the many events taking place over the week – workshops, recitals, concerts, festival club and sessions –  we have added two CD Launches and Book Launch to this years summer school list of events. Details of CD and Book Launch will be revealed this Friday 1st June. For more info on this years summer school, visit www.ceolnacoille.ie

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Bodhran Workshop at Ceol na Coille Summer School

So you want to play the Bodhran!

Delighted to have Robbie Harris as Bodhran tutor this year at Ceol na Coille Summer School in Letterkenny 10-14 July. Here is a link to a short clip of Robbie in Action!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU0FtM0_3Z0 Enjoy!
Plans are now well under way with some more tutors to be added

More info on the Summer School can be found here….
https://ceolnacoille.ie/…/summer-school-tutors-…/bodhran/

Making music the Wild Atlantic Way!

Paul Harrigan, Uilleann Pipes, Ceol na Coille Summer School of Traditional Music, Donegal, Coláiste Ailigh, WAW, Wild Atlantic WayThe Ceol na Coille Summer School of Irish traditional music in Letterkenny, is now established as part of the summer scene along the Wild Atlantic Way.

And the school’s got an additional boost this year after Donegal was named the world’s coolest place to visit by National Geographic. Ceol na Coille runs from Monday 10th to Friday 14th July 2017. It’s followed immediately this year by the big Folk and Roots weekend of the Earagail Arts Festival in Letterkenny and elsewhere in Donegal.

School organiser Paul Harrigan, an All-Ireland winner on pipes and piano accordion, says it’s looking like another record-breaking year. “This is our sixth year of the Summer School and it’s getting bigger and better every year,” he said. “We’re in the heart of Donegal, which is famous for its traditional music. We have a great team of tutors and we pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming.”

Ceol na Coille is based at Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny, a state-of-the-art Irish language secondary school. It’s the perfect spot to host classes, workshops and recitals. There are sessions and concerts nightly in Letterkenny and surrounding area. The long list of tutors includes many familiar names. The fiddle teachers this year include Gerry O’Connor and former Altan-er Paul O’Shaughnessy. Other visiting tutors include the acclaimed piper Padraig McGovern from Cavan, Robbie Harris-Bodhran and accordionist Martin Quinn.

But Donegal itself has lots to offer students of trad, with tutors such as John Lee (flute), Michael Carey (whistle), Joleen ‘Henry’ McLaughlin (harp) and lots more. Ceol na Coille features an ‘introduction to music’ for young children. There are Irish language classes for adults. For teachers, there’s a week-long course approved by the Department of Education and Skills, headed up by Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain of the Univeristy of Limerick.

For more information go to www.ceolnacoille.com

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