Summer School of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance. Our programme includes a broad range of classes, workshops, interactive talks and masterclasses as well as nightly ceilis, concerts and informal music sessions. The school is held in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo . July 10-16, 2016. This is it's 30th year.
Participants at the South Sligo Summer School can expect excellent tuition in traditional music, singing and dance. Class sizes are kept small and are graded.
A packed programme of events also includes nightly ceilis in St. Brigid's Hall and concerts featuring tutors, local musicians playing in the South Sligo Style, and visiting singers and musicians. Afternoons are equally busy with masterclasses, sean nos dancing workshops in St. Brigid's Hall and informal practice sessions led by summer school tutors.
Visitors to Tubbercurry during the week of the South Sligo Summer School can expect to hear the very finest traditional music and to take away musical memories to last a lifetime.
The entire area surrounding Tubbercurry is a mecca for traditional musicians and the scenic landscape of South Sligo is an added attraction for visitors to the South Sligo Summer School with a whole range of outdoor pursuits for them to partake in during their stay.
Traditional instruments taught include fiddle, flute, tinwhistle, harp, concertina, uilleann pipes, banjo, button accordion, traditional guitar and bodhran. Workshops in sean nos singing, lilting and traditional singing are extremely popular.
Set and sean nos dancing workshops are held each morning and afternoon respectively.
There are nightly ceilis with a different band every night.
Recitals featuring different instruments are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the National School. Teachers, students and visiting musicians perform for an appreciative audience.
The Monday night concert, which takes place in St. Attracta's Community School, will be held in honour of local musicians Shane McGowan and Seamie O'Dowd's huge contribution to the summer school and to the musical heritage of County Sligo.
Colourful lectures on topic of interest are presented each day. This year we have an excellent line up of subjects covering people and places. The presenters, some local, some visitors, typically provide a good humoured insight to the people who have contributed to and maintained the strong traditional music culture we are very proud of.
Tutors and musicians teaching and performing at the South Sligo Summer School are of the highest calibre and with many of them having their musical and geographical roots in the North West, the Connacht style of playing and in particular, the South Sligo style, is featured strongly.