• Summer School of Irish Traditional Music

    Ceol na Coille Summer School & Trad Camp

    10th - 14th July 2023 Letterkenny, Co Donegal

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

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  • Summer School & Trad Camp

    Ceol na Coille Summer School & Trad Camp 2023

    10 - 14 July 2023 Letterkenny Co. Donegal

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Introduction to Music @ Trad Camp

🎶 Ceol na Coille Summer School & Trad Camp ’22 🎶
11-15 July , Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Just 19 Days to Go!
Meet the Tutor!

Una Ni Bhriain, Ceol na Coille Summer School

Una Ní Bhriain – Introduction to Music (5+ Years)

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.
Avoid disappointment Book today www.ceolnacoille.ie/summerschool

Braon Beag Gaeilge – a wee drop of Irish

Would you like to learn and speak a little bit of Irish?

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 3-4pm Thanks to @DepartmentofCultureIRL for helping making this happen with funding support

Celebrating 10 Years

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











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 https://ceolnacoille.ie/

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!! https://ceolnacoille.ie/summerschool/

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