Calling all guitarists! We are delighted to have the one and only Steve Cooney joining us for a one day workshop on Thursday 14th July. 12 – 3pm. Not suitable for beginners. Limited spaces available, prior booking necessary. Book Today www.ceolnacoille.ie/summerschool
Steve is best known for his development of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to traditional Irish dance music which he developed in West Kerry, and for which he won the National Entertainment Award with Séamus Begley in 1997.
Born in Melbourne Australia in 1953, he came to Ireland in 1980 and maintains his connections with the Aboriginal culture there, into which he was initiated. He has ancestral links with Tipperary, Cavan and Galway.
He has participated in making more than 250 CD’s, either as a guitar or bass player or as producer and engineer. Also a poet and songwriter, he has worked with many iconic international artists in rock and country music but his primary focus is Irish traditional music, and fusions of that genre.
He recently released a CD of solo guitar interpretations of ancient harp tunes, Ceol Ársa Cláirsí: Tunes of the Irish Harpers for Solo Guitar. He is also recording fusion music with his band Éiníní.
He completed a Ph.D. in 2018 at NCAD on an intuitive musical notation system that he developed for early learners and those who experience difficulties with staff notation, and he lectures in tertiary institutions on the calculation of harmony and syncopation. In 2020 he was given the RTÉ Folk Awards ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award.
Roisin is from Inishowen Co.Donegal. Growing up in Inishowen, she was exposed to the rich culture of music and in particular to the great fiddle playing of Dinny Mc Laughlin. With her brothers Paul Harrigan (piano accordion and uilleann pipes) and Damien Harrigan (fiddle) Roisin has performed and taught at festivals and events throughout Ireland, Europe and America.
Roisin is a co-founder of the Inishowen Traditional Music Project established in 1999. Over the past 23 years Roisin has worked voluntarily co-ordinating and facilitating workshops, performances, concerts, collaborations, exchange visits & recitals and as project leader has over seen the delivery of two commercial recordings of Inishowen musicians Seamus Grant and Dinny Mc Laughlin.
In September 2016 Roisin released her debut album, ‘The Brae Road’ to great acclaim. Along with some new compositions the album is a collection of music drawn from Inishowen and Donegal fiddle music traditions.
Originally from Aughavas Co Leitrim and now living in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. John grew up in an area that was rich in traditional music where his great influences were his father Peter, Michael McNamara and the flute player John Blessing. John has been involved in teaching music and as an adjudicator and music examiner for the RIAM and TTCT exams for many years. He has taught at the summer school in Tocane France and at various flute work shops throughout the country. He has also performed at various music festivals in Europe and toured America with Comhaltas. The album The Missing Reel with Sligo fiddle player Seamus Mcguire has been hailed as one of the all time classics of fiddle flute playing .John has a great interest in old musical collections and manuscripts and in passing these tunes on to musicians. He holds a TTCT diploma and his playing could be described as an attacking driving style with great emphasis on ornamentation and power and tone.
Delighted to welcome Yvonne Casey as one of our tutors this year. Yvonne will be giving the advanced fiddle workshop and also will be performing in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on Thursday 14th July with Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney.
Join us for a week of workshops, sessions, recitals and concerts 11th -15th July
Making a return this year again as tutor is the the one and only Dermot Byrne on Button Accordion. Dermot will also be performing in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny during the week on Thursday 14th July with Yvonne Casey and Steve Cooney on guitar. Support on the night from the fantastic Deirdre Scanlan
A Dancer, Fiddler and Singer, Una is a past graduate of University College Cork in Music and German and currently teaches in Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny. Una has toured extensively with Comhaltas, Planxty O Rourke and Tuath as a performer and promoting the Irish Language, Music and Dance. Una is a proud fourth generation family member of the Uí Ruairc School of Irish Dance in Limerick and co-founder of Ceol na Coille.
Una is coordinator and tutor for the Introduction to Music classes.
Suitable for all budding musicians! 5+ years. No prior music experience necessary. Kids will learn basic tunes and techniques and will also get the opportunity to try various other instruments used in traditional music including percussion. Singing and dancing will also form part of the weeks activities with lots of fun guaranteed.
Ar mhaith leat giota beag Gaeilge a fhoghlaim agus a labhairt? Buail isteach chuig an Chiorcal Comhrá a bheidh ar siúl mar pháirt de Scoil Samhraidh Cheol na Coille gach lá ar 1:45 i gColáiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn, 11-15 Iúil. Bíodh braon beag Gaeilge agat!
Drop in to the Conversation Circle which will be happening every day at 1:45 as part of the Ceol na Coille Summer School in Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, 11-15 July. Get a wee drop of Irish! The daily tutor recital will also take place from 3.15-4pm
Ceol na Coille Summer School and Trad Camp are celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year. We are looking forward to welcoming back friends from around the globe as well as new pupils. Mark your calendar 11-15 July, Letterkenny. One of the Highlights this year is our anniversary concert in collaboration with the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny who over the past 10 years have been a huge support of Ceol na Coille in all its events. We are delighted to welcome Dermot Byrne, Yvonne Casey and Steve Cooney on Thursday 15th to the RCC with support from Deirdre Scanlan. What better musicians to mark this major milestone in the success of Ceol na Coille Summer School. So come join us for a great week of workshops, masterclasses, recitals, sessions and concerts 11-15th July. www.ceolnacoille.ie/summerschool for more info.
Ceol na Coille/ Regional Cultural Centre Anniversary Concert