Ceol na Coille Summer School & Trad Fest ’24

🎶 Ceol na Coille Summer School & Trad Fest 2024 🎶
It’s less than 2 months until Ceol na Coille Summer School & Trad Fest 2024 kicks off!
We have a brilliant week of classes, workshops, recitals, nightly sessions and concerts in store 🎻
Workshops available for – Uilleann Pipes, Fiddle, Whistle, Flute, Concertina, Guitar and Piano Accompaniment, Button & Piano Accordion, Banjo, Bodhrán, Traditional Singing & dancing – for all ages & abilities.
Stay tuned for more event & tutor announcements!
(Music Featured: ‘The Letterkenny Blacksmith’ – Sinéad McKenna)

Ceol na Coille Summer School & Trad Camp ’23

vCeol na Coille Summer School Returns 10-14 July in 2023 with a Trad
Camp for Kids and more Family-Friendly Events!

The annual event draws musicians and music lovers from all over Ireland
and beyond, and has become one of the most highly regarded traditional music
summer schools in the country. This year, the summer school is expanding to
include a Trad Camp for kids aged 5 years and over, in addition to the regular
program of classes for intermediate and advanced level musicians including
adults. The kids Trad Camp will offer a fun and engaging introduction to traditional
Irish music, with expert tutors teaching a variety of instruments and offering
workshops on traditional singing also.
The five-day program also includes daily tutor recitals, concerts, sessions, and
an exhibition, providing plenty of opportunities for participants to showcase
their skills and learn from some of the best traditional musicians in the business.

Alot of events are family-friendly, free and open to the public, ensuring that
 everyone can enjoy the festivities. Some highlights for 2023 include a Ensemble
Workshop for teenagers with a newly commissioned piece of music from
 Donegal Tg4 Gradam Ceoil Bursary recipient Catriona Ní Ghribín, supported
by the Regional Cultural Centre and Líonra Leitir Ceanainn.
Wednesday 12th will see Seamus and Caoimhe Uí Flatharta perform in the RCC

Ceol na Coille Summer School prides itself on its commitment to
 promoting and preserving traditional Irish music, and its reputation as a friendly
and welcoming atmosphere for all participants. With a strong focus on practical
learning and hands-on experience, the school offers a unique opportunity for
musicians of all levels to learn from some of the best traditional musicians in
the business. Commenting on the summer school, Director Paul Harrigan said 
’We are thrilled to be returning for another year of Ceol na Coille.This year, we
 are excited to expand the program to include a Trad Camp for kids, as well as
plenty of family-friendly events throughout the week. We remain committed to 
promoting and preserving traditional Irish music and look forward to
welcoming old friends and new participants to our summer school in 2023′

A special thank you to the Arts Council of Ireland Festival Investment Scheme with whos support has made this years summer school possible.

Registration for the Ceol na Coille Summer School and Trad Camp is now
open, and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. For more
information or to register, please visit


New Term – New Classes at Ceol na Coille

With the new term commencing and the gradual easing of restrictions, we are delighted to welcome new students to Ceol na Coille.

We have new Beginner Classes for children and adults along with our existing classes for all levels. A Return to Music class for those wishing to dust off an instrument that may have been set aside for a while. There will also be a new Beginner Guitar class this term. Drop us a message or email for more information.

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Ceol na Coille Trad Summer School 2020

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, Ceol na Coille Trad Summer School 2020 will not take place this year.
In these unprecedented times, the health and safety of students, tutors and the local community is of utmost concern. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but feel this is the correct action to be taken.
 Our dates for 2021 are 12th-16th July.
2021 will be our 10th anniversary year and with an even bigger ‘Jammed Packed’ program of events, we hope to welcome you all again.
 Take Care and Stay Safe

Ceol na Coille Trad Summer School 2020

Final details of the 9th Annual Ceol na Coille Summer School of Traditional Music in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, will be released over the next few days. This year again, another stellar line up of fantastic Tutors, Workshops, Recitals, Concerts and Sessions. To keep up to date, visit

To get you in the mood……Here is a wee video of myself and the Legend Tim Edey with the opening set at the Launch of ‘Music From The White Stone’



Summer School Tutors 2019 – Dermot Byrne

Delighted to welcome one of the most exceptional musicians in traditional music, Dermot Byrne as our box tutor this summer!

The winner of TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year 2013 Byrne hails from Buncrana in the Inishowen peninsula, the most northerly part of Donegal, and has played accordion since a very young age, having learned from his father Tomás O’Beirn, who comes from Teileann area of South West Donegal.

Dermot had the good fortune to meet all the greats of Donegal music including Johnny Doherty, Con Cassidy, Tommy Peoples, Danny Meehan and many more, and they made a great impact on the young Dermot and helped him to develop a unique style. His seemingly effortless playing, combined with great subtlety, and a faultless ear, makes him one of the great accordion players of his generation.

Dermot guested on two Altan recordings, “The Red Crow” and “Island Angel” before joining the band in 1994, and was a member until 2013, during which time he recorded five further albums with them. He has played on collaborations with many great musicians including Seamus McGuire and Manus McGuire, Frankie Gavin, Pierre Schryer, Salsa Celtica and the late jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. His eponymous solo recording, which he has reissued recently, received great critical acclaim.

Book your place today!!

Summer School Tutors 2019 – Guitar

Innes Watson – Guitar

We’d like to offer a big welcome to our new guitar tutor for this year, Innes Watson of Scotland!

Growing up in the Scottish Borders with a range of influences and experiences, Innes is one if the most highly-regarded and sought-after musicians on the scene today. He is also much in demand as a teacher with both the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and various music schools and organisations across the country. Innes has been heavily involved in some of the most successful albums in Scottish Music over the last fifteen years and ‘MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards’ awarded him the title of “Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2011.

A composer of fiddle tunes, string arrangements, guitar music, songs and much more he is currently working on a whole host of exciting new projects including his “Guitar Colloquium” due to be released in the soon. Here he is playing on Striven Session with Undon Noodle

Don’t forget to book your place with Innes this year:
And join us from 8th-12th July in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Summer School Tutors 2019

Oisin Morrison – Harp

We are very excited to welcome a new harp tutor to Ceol na Coille this year, the incredibly talented Mr. Oisín Morrison!

Oisín is also a renowned flute player and composer who has taught and performed extensively at festivals both at home and abroad. He has shared the stage with a whole host of distinguished musicians including Mick O’Brien, Téada, Steve Cooney, Peadar Ó Riada, Mikie Smyth and Zoe Conway.

Oisín has won numerous awards for his music including Bonn Óir Sheáin Uí Riada and holds many Oireachtas and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann titles. He was also a Ad Astra Performing Arts scholar in UCD where he completed a first class Masters in Irish literature. His compositional work has been met with great acclaim and here he is performing some of his work from “Clann Lír”, performing beautifully alongside a string quartet!
Oisín Morrison Music

If you want the chance to learn from Oisín don’t forget to register here: For the Ceol na Coille Summer School: 8th-12th July, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal