John Lee – Flute/Whistle advanced

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.

Sarah Gallagher, Flute, Whistle, Ceol na Coille Summer School 2023, Donegal, Letterkenny, Traditional MusicSarah Gallagher – Whistle/Flute – Intermediate

Sarah is a flute and whistle player from Glenswilly Co. Donegal. She grew
up firmly rooted in the traditional music of the area. Sarah started her journey in traditional music at the early age of 6 and is a former student of Trudy O’Donnell. No stranger to the stage, she has performed throughout the country as a member of Coirm and has participated in many competitions, such as the Fleadh Cheoil, where she was a three-time regional flute champion. Sarah is currently a second-year student studying French and Spanish in Galway, where she is a member of the Trad society.