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South Sligo Summer School
July 15th - July 21st 2018 (Sun-Sat)
Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, Ireland

TUTORS -2017


Philip Duffy, Declan Folan, Oisin Mac Diarmada, Liz Kane, Yvonne Kane


Cian Kearins, Damien Stenson, Stephen Doherty

Tin Whistle

Marion Egan, Fionnuala Kearins, Aidan Shannon, John Dwyer, Keith Frain, Niamh Ni Shuilleabhain (Feadog Stain as Gaelgie)

Uilleann pipes

Jarlath McTernan, Leonard Barry


Holly Geraghty, Niamh McGloin


Theresa O’Grady, Jarlath Brennan, Muireann Banks


Breda Shannon, Bernie Geraghty


Rick Epping

Audio Production for Irish Traditional Music

Jack Talty

Button Accordian

Anne Conroy Burke, Annette Owens, Daithí Gormley

Traditional Guitar

Seamie O'Dowd, Shane McGowan


Junior Davey, Darragh Healy, Siobhán O’Donnell

Set Dancing

Pat Murphy

Sean Nos Dancing

Edwina Guckian

Sean nos singing

Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin

Traditional singing & Lilting

Caoimhe Kearins

Mixed Instrument Class for Adults

Fiona Doherty, Michael Hurley

Aidan Shannon - Tin Whistle Tutor

From Ballinameen Co Roscommon, Aidan is the leader of the 2013 All-Ireland Céilí Band Champions, the Moylurg Ceili band. Aidan is a multiple All Ireland champion and is a highly accomplished flute and whistle player. Along with his sisters Breda and Celine, his performances at our recitals are always a showstopper – their music is deeply rooted in the Roscommon/North Connacht tradition.

Angelina Carberry - Banjo Masterclass (Wed & Thur)

Born in Manchester in the late 70’s into a County Longford family steeped in Traditional Music for Generations. It was not long before Angelina’s interest and keen ear for the music quickly developed. Starting on the tin whistle she soon moved to the Banjo following in the footsteps of her father Peter and her Grand father Kevin. Angelina has since developed a highly personal style with an electric rhytmn that captivates anyone who is lucky enough to hear her play. In 1998 Angelina moved to Galway and quickly established herself on the local music scene. Soon after she recorded a duet album with her father Peter on Accordion and accompanied by much sought after accompianist John Blake on Piano and Guitar. The CD received critical acclaim from leading newspapers and music journalists. Angelina has also toured in Europe with trad band the Bumblebee’s and has also taught at the well known Tocane Summer school in the South of France.More about Angelina

Anne Conroy Burke - Button Accordian Tutor

Anne has been teaching at the school since 2001. Living in Loughrea, Co. Galway, Anne is a renowned teacher, box player and traditional accompanist on guitar and was honoured by the Summer School in 2014 for the great contribution which she has made to the success of the button accordion workshops at the school over the past number of years.

Annette Owens - Button Accordian Tutor

Annette is a native of Co. Fermanagh where she still resides. She and fellow Fermanagh musician Brenda Mc Cann, Fiddle, have been playing together for many years. They competed in duet competitions from a young age and played together in the Sean Nugent Ceili Band winning an All Ireland title in the U18 Ceili Band competition. More recently they performed together accompanied by Brian Mc Grath on The High Hills of Largy, a CD featuring the compositions of the late Sean Nugent, a fiddle player who had great influence on Brenda and Annette’s traditional style. They played together on Geantrai, TG4’s Traditional Music programme, and RTE's The Fleadh Programme which was recorded at the All Ireland Fleadh, Derry, 2013. They also feature on Hidden Fermanagh, a cd of Fermanagh music from the historic Gunn manuscript. Annette is a highly regarded musician and tutor and a great contributor to the success of the button accordion workshops at the summer school in recent years.

Bernie Geraghty - Concertina Tutor

Bernie Geraghty is a native of Ballindine, Co. Mayo where she has been teaching traditional music on several instruments for many years. Highly regarded and widely known both for her teaching and playing, Bernie is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. Her playing is energetic and full of style and she has a huge repertoire of music which she is passing on to future generations of musicians.

Breda Shannon - Concertina Tutor

Breda hails from Ballinameen, Co. Roscommon. Breda began the concertina under the tutelage of Eileen McCormack at the Fred Finn classes in Sligo town and later progressed to Bernie ,Kelly and Holly Geraghty, renowned musicians and teachers from Ballindine Co. Mayo. She holds several all Ireland honours including the senior concertina title (2010) at Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann. Breda has toured in Britain and North America. Breda is a member of the 2013 All Ireland winning ceili band, The Moylurg Ceili Band.

Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin Sean nos singing Tutor

Caitríona is from Carna in Co. Galway. This will be Caitriona’s second year teaching at the school. She teaches and performs extensively. Her most recent venture was as a competitor/performer on TG4’s ‘Ceol Tíre’ show where she was mentored by Mayo singer Gerry Guthrie. Caitríona’s singing style is pure and traditional and her teaching style is personal and selfless, sharing her knowledge and experience of the sean nós tradition of her native Connemara. Caitráona recently recorded a solo album "Solas" featuring Sean Nós and some modern country song as well as an album of traditional songs as Gaeilge suited to young children.

Caoimhe Kearins Traditional singing & Lilting Tutor

Caoimhe Kearins hails from Collooney, outside the town of Ballymote, Co. Sligo. She is one of the finest exponents of Lilting, Traditional Singing and Fiddle in Ireland. Lilting from a young age she now holds All-Ireland titles in all age groups up to and including the Senior All-Ireland title. Caoimhe is also a very accomplished traditional singer and has won the coveted Connacht Senior Traditional Singing title on a number of occasions as well as winning the Senior All Ireland title in 2011.

Cian Kearins – Flute Tutor

Cian comes from Collooney, Co. Sligo. He is a primary school teacher by profession. Cian has won several senior all Ireland titles in Flute, Whistle and Singing in recent years. He is a member of the Dartry Ceili Band. He has a very wide repertoire of traditional tunes and is an experienced tutor and flute player very much rooted in the Sligo/North Connacht tradition.

Catherine McEvoy - Flute Masterclass (Fri.)

Catherine was born in Birmingham after her Roscommon parents had moved there. Catherine played for many years with the Birmingham Ceili Band. She came to live in Ireland in 1977, and became a member of Macalla, the first all female traditional band. Catherine is also a member of the Tain Ceili Band, winning three All- Ireland titles with them. Catherine says that her flute playing influences have been John McKenna and Tom Morrisson, among others. She plays very much in the Sligo/Roscommon style, as her critically acclaimed solo CD “Flute Music in the Sligo/Roscommon Style” will testify. Catherine has recently released a superb duet album with her fiddle playing brother John, titled “ The Kilmore Fancy”. Catherine’s husband Tom McGorman and her three children are all excellent musicians also.Interview

Daithí Gormley - Button Accordian Tutor

All-Ireland Champion accordion player and music researcher Daithí Gormley, from Ballintogher, Co Sligo, Daithí Gormley is a highly accomplished button accordion player with an extensive and much respected repertoire steeped in the rich musical heritage of county Sligo. Daithí is the 2015 All Ireland Senior Button Accordion Champion. A member of the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland, Daithí is also a member of the Knocknashee Ceili Band, runners up in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 All Ireland Senior Ceili Band competitions.

Damien Stenson – Flute Tutor

Tubbercurry native Damien was an attendee of the first South Sligo Summer School. He is now returned as a tutor. Damien is noted for his extensive repertoire and flowing style of playing. He has featured on a number of recent albums including the compilation "Wooden Flute Obsession Vol. 2" and on Oisín Mac Diarmada’s solo album “Ar an bhFidil”, together with a bodhrán album by Junior Davey. He is flute player with renowned Irish traditional group Téada. Damien learned much of his flute music from his dad Joe and grandad Luke Stenson and as a young lad spent many Sundays travelling up and down the N17 with his father Joe to Ennis to hear fellow flute player Kevin Crawford play in Cruises’.

Darragh Healy - Bodhran Tutor

Former All-Ireland Accordion Champion, Darragh Healy is from Castlebar, Co. Mayo. He is a regular member of the summer show ‘The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol’. He is regarded as one of the best young box players in the country, having secured first place in the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil on the box in 2007. As well as playing the accordion, he is also an accomplished bodhrán player. Darragh has been showcasing his bodhrán playing skills at the summer school concerts and recitals for the past number of years. He is a skilled tutor and highly accomplished at passing on his skills to his students.

David Doocey – Fiddle Masterclass (Tue)

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts now living in Foxford, County Mayo, David Doocey is at the forefront of a younger generation of musicians. He has won several awards including All-Ireland medals on both fiddle and concertina and the first ever World Fleadh fiddle championship in 2005.Biography

Declan Folan – Fiddle Tutor

Declan Folan is from Bunninadden, Co. Sligo. He now lives in Tubbercurry. Declan, also a former All-Ireland champion, can be heard playing regularly in sessions in Tubbercurry, Gurteen and Ballymote and further afield as fiddle player with Gurteen singer Patrick Feeney’s touring band. He is also a member of the Dartry Ceili Band. Declan teaches fiddle classes throughout the year and is a highly respected teacher and musician. Having learned much of his music from the later Fred Finn, he is very much rooted in the South Sligo fiddle style.

Derek Hickey -Button Accordian Masterclass

Hailing from Adare, Co Limerick, both Derek Hickey’s grandfathers played fiddle. Derek’s own musical career began at ten years of age when his uncle left an accordion in the family home. At 18 he joined the band Arcady and then at 21 was invited by Frankie Gavin to join De Danann. He recorded two albums with the band during this time. In addition performing, Derek is also a regular tutor at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University Limerick. In his rich and varied performing experiences, he has shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest talents including Stéphane Grappelli and The Rolling Stones. More about Derek

Edwina Guckian Sean Nos Dancing Tutor

Edwina is from outside Drumsna, Co. Leitrim. A primary school teacher by profession, Edwina has been teaching dance since aged 15. She is the founder and head teacher of the dance school Sean Nós ar an tSionann which originated in Carrick-on-Shannon (Sionann is the Irish name for this river). She is involved in many different dance projects and is currently at the forefront of a new online dance academy. She has taught and toured in all continents with groups like DeDannan, Dervish, Frankie Gavin to name but a few. She worked as a choreographer on the movie "Jimmy's Hall" and as a guest presenter on RTEs "The Beo Show".

Fiona Doherty Mixed Instruments Tutor

Fiona grew up in a musical family in Charlestown Co. Mayo and learned her music from her father and grandfather, both fiddle players. She has been teaching music at all levels for over 30 years and is based in Ballymote. She has taught and played extensively abroad including Europe, Australia and U.S.A. She plays fiddle in local South Sligo sessions with flute player Harry McGowan and banjo player Tommy Finn and is a member of the Ballymote based Corran Céilí Band. Fiona has a lot of teaching experience at all levels and on numerous instruments and has been to the forefront of this new mixed instruments class for adults at the summer school for the past few years, passing on her musical knowledge and skills to people from all over the world on a multitude of miscellaneous instruments.

Fionnuala Kearins - Tin Whistle Tutor

Fionnuala, with daugher Caoimhe and son Cian, are all tutors at the summer school. The Kearins-Collis family are from the Collooney/Ballymote area of Co. Sligo and they have been very active and great supporters of the school for many years. At the evening recitals, Fionnuala also regularly demonstrates her key board accompanying skills. An accomplished flute player and whistle player, she too has been passing on the traditional music of the area to children in Co. Sligo for many years.

Holly Geraghty Harp Tutor

Holly hails from Ballindine, a town in Mayo steeped in a rich tradition of Irish music. From an early age Holly displayed a huge interest and talent in Irish traditional music. At the tender age of six years Holly began to play the concertina under the tutelage of her mother Bernie Geraghty, a renowned musician and teacher and at the age of eleven she began to play the Irish harp under the tutelage of Gráinne Hambly. She holds several all Ireland senior honours for her playing of both concertina and harp. She is the resident harp tutor at University of Limerick and University College Cork. Holly's current album is entitled Ceolmhar.

Jack Talty Audio Production Tutor

Jack Talty is a traditional musician, composer, producer, and educator from Lissycasey in county Clare. As a performer Jack has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, and Asia, and has contributed to over 40 albums to date as a musician, producer, composer, arranger, and engineer. A regular contributor to traditional music programmes on television and radio, Jack has worked with leading Irish traditional musicians and singers.

Jarlath Brennan - Banjo Tutor

From Bunnanadden, Co. Sligo, Jarlath now lives in Tubbercurry. A primary teacher, Jarlath has wide teaching experience and is a highly experienced and regarded tutor and traditional musician. His playing is very much in the pure traditional Sligo style.

Jarlath McTernan Uilleann Pipes Tutor

Jarlath, originally from Sligo town, is now living in Belfast where he teaches the uilleann pipes and plays in regular music sessions. He has toured the world with many of the industry's greats, including Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance. He has a large repertoire of piping tunes and a long number of years’ teaching experience in his adopted city of Belfast.

John McEvoy - Fiddle Masterclass (Tue)

John McEvoy hails from Birmingham, UK. Though his music is heavily influenced by the fiddle masters of Sligo, and west Clare John has his own unique ornate style, expressive and encompassing considerable flair. Previous releases include the critically acclaimed albums ‘The Kilmore Fancy’ with his sister Catherine McEvoy and ‘Pride of the West’ his exciting collaboration with Roscommon’s John Wynne. ‘Traditional Irish Fiddle’ represents John’s love of solo and duet playing and features some new compositions and a variety of guest musicians.more about John.

John McHugh

John is a native of Foxford, Co.Mayo. John’s father , Kevin, inherited music from his father and uncles and his mother. John began playing the banjo and subsequently took up the fiddle and has become well-known nationally as a player and teacher. John has taught at the South Sligo Summer School from it's early days. In these later years he has also been providing technical support at Concerts and Ceilis. We are pleased to honour John McHugh at the Monday night concert this year as a tribute to the enormous contribution he has made to the school over the years both as a musician, tutor and sound engineer.

John Wynne - Flute Masterclass (Tue)

Originally from Roscommon, John Wynne began playing on tin whistle at eight and subsequently learned flute from Patsy Hanley. Hearing Sligo flute-player Peter Horan in full flow in the 1980s made a lasting impression, as did the solo recordings of Seamus Tansey and Matt Molloy. John has recorded two CDs with the group Providence. He has also released a critically acclaimed solo CD “With Every Breath”. Biography

John Dwyer - Tin Whistle Tutor

John plays flute, tin whistle and piano, all in pure Sligo style. From Gurteen, Co. Sligo, John’s playing is very much rooted in South Sligo. His piano accompaniment can be heard to great effect on several recent recordings of South Sligo musicians as well as at sessions locally.

Junior Davey - Bodhran Tutor

Last year marked Junior's 25th year teaching the bodhrán at the school. Junior is a five times All-Ireland Bodhrán Champion. Junior comes out of a family deeply rooted in the musical tradition of South Sligo. The strongest musical influence on Junior has obviously been his father Andrew (Andy) Davey, who was an authority in the Sligo fiddle playing. The most important companion in Junior's musical life is without any discussion fiddle player Declan Folan from Doobeg, Doocastle, Bunnanadden, Co.Sligo. They have been playing as a duet for many years and have a telepathic musical understanding. In 1995 the two friends recorded a wonderful album entitled "Skin and Bow". In 2005 Junior launched his first solo-album entitled, "A Sound Skin". Over the years Junior has worked as a guest musician and has contributed to several albums.

Keith Frain - Tin Whistle Tutor

One of the next generation of fine musicians in South Sligo, Keith is often found playing with his cousins and uncle Fr. James McDonagh. Keith’s grandfather Sonny McDonagh, from Rinnarogue, Bunnanadden, Co. Sligo, was a fine traditional flute player and his influence can be heard to this day in Keith’s playing. This will be Keith's second year tutoring at the school.

Leonard Barry Uilleann - Pipes Tutor

Leonard, from North Kerry, but now living in Sligo, is one of Ireland’s finest uilleann pipers. He has played and taught the pipes in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. Leonard has worked with many of Ireland’s leading singer songwriters including Luka Bloom and John Spillane. Leonard recently released a CD entitled 'New Road' with fellow Sligo musicians Seamie O'Dowd and Rick Epping and Leitrim fiddle player Andy Morrow. The uilleann pipes recital is always a treat for pipe lovers where Leonard plays sets of tunes with his students.

Liam O’Connor - Fiddle Masterclass (Thur & Fri)

Liam O’Connor, one of Ireland’s leading fiddle players, was born into a musical family in Dublin. His father Mick O’Connor is a flute player and researcher of music who was a founder member of the Castle Céilí Band. During his youth, Liam was taught by Séamus Glackin and won several All-Ireland and Oireachtas fiddle titles. He was awarded TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2002. He has performed as a soloist and in duets with Liam O’Flynn, Noel Hill and Harry Bradley among others. In 2009, he released a critically acclaimed CD entitled “Dublin Made Me” with uilleann piper Seán McKeon and he has just released his new CD 'The Loom' in March 2017 to wide critical acclaim'. Biography

Liz & Yvonne Kane – Fidddle Tutor

Liz and Yvonne are from Letterfrack, Connemara, Co. Galway. The sisters were taught music by their grandfather, local fiddle player, Jimmy Mullen and Mary Finn, musician, teacher and native of Ballymote, Co.Sligo. They were also students at the South Sligo Summer School in the early years. Liz and Yvonne first came to national and international prominence during the three year period in which they toured with accordion player, Sharon Shannon as members of her band, The Woodchoppers. Their first duet fiddle album entitled ‘The Well Tempered Bow’ received rave reviews and is still a highly sought after album. Their repertoire features the musical compositions of east Galway musician and composer Paddy Fahy. Both Liz and Yvonne teach music in the Letterfrack area during the year.

Marion Egan - Tin Whistle Tutor

Marion, originally from Collooney, Co. Sligo, is an accomplished whistle player who also plays the flute and accordion. She is widely known in traditional music circles throughout the North Connacht region and beyond. In Marion’s early years she lived in Manchester where she had a huge influence on the many pupils she taught there. Marion now lives in the Kilkelly area of Co. Mayo where she has likewise passed on the music to innumerable pupils in the schools all around that area over the years. She has been tutoring tin whistle to visiting foreign students and local children at the South Sligo Summer School for many years. She also organizes a mini-recital for the parents of the littlest students at the end of the week of the summer school each year.

Michael Hurley Mixed Instruments Tutor

Michael, primarily a flute player, is one of the school's long serving tutors. He is a Leeds native and longtime resident of Ballymote. Michael was honoured at the 2015 concert for his enormous contribution to the summer school. On stage, he was joined by family members including his daughter Eileen, son Sean and brothers Drew and Des. He was also joined on the night by twenty plus of his former pupils from around the county and beyond, flute players one and all. Michael is a long time member of the Swallows Tail Céilí Band.

Muireann Banks - Banjo Tutor

Muireann was born and raised in Dublin. She has strong family roots in Co. Sligo. Her grandfather, Alfie Banks, is from Ballymote where he still lives and is deeply involved in the arts and community life. Muireann is a very experienced music teacher and an accomplished banjo player. This is her first year teaching at the South Sligo Summer School.

Niamh McGloin - Harp Tutor

Niamh McGloin is from Grange in north Co. Sligo. Niamh started playing Traditional Irish music at the age of 7. She started playing button accordion and took her first harp lesson with harpist Gráinne Hambly at the age of 11. She is a double all Ireland winner on Traditional Harp in under 12 and under 15 age groups and is the current senior All Ireland Harp Champion. She also won competitions at the Granard Harp Festival, County Longford and the Nobber Harp Festival in County Meath. She is a regular performer at the weekly summer concerts in Gurteen. She has featured on RTÉ's Céilí House Bloom of Youth programme, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and RTÉ's Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann programme. She performed for President Mary McAleese on one of her visits to Sligo and her music is influenced by harpists Gráinne Hambly, Michelle Mulcahy, Seána Davey, Michael Rooney and other traditional musicians including Liz Carroll and Alan Kelly.

Niamh Ni Shuilleabhain - Feadóg Stáin Tutor

Niamh will be tutoring tinwhistle as Gaeilge again this year. Born in Dublin, Niamh is a highly accomplished whistle and concertina player, a fluent Irish speaker and an experienced teacher. Niamh now plays with the Dartry Céilí Band.

Oisin Mac Diarmada – Fidddle Tutor

Oisín Mac Diarmada was born in Crusheen, Co. Clare and moved to Co. Sligo as a young boy. He started playing the fiddle and winning competitions at a young age. In 1988, Oisín won Fiddle solo and Duet titles as the All-Ireland Junior Champion at Fleadh Cheoil. He also studied classical piano. He graduated Trinity College, Dublin/RIAM (Royal Irish Academy of Music). He was a founding member of Téada and later joined the Innisfree Céilí Band which subsequently won the All Ireland Senior Céilí Band competition in 2008. He is the director of SCT (Scrúdu Ceol Tíre) Traditional Irish Music Examinations at CCÉ, manager of his record label Ceol Productions and his music management company Musical Ireland.

Pat Murphy Set Dancing Tutor

Pat Murphy teaches set dancing workshops worldwide. In addition to being a talented teacher, Pat is a fine accordion player too. Pat is renowned for his attention to detail and vast knowledge of sets and is a dedicated collector of set dances from all over the country and beyond, as well as an accomplished photographer, researcher and publisher of the many set dances he has collected and taught at workshops over the years.

Philip Duffy – Fiddle Tutor

Philip Duffy, a former All Ireland champion, is from Tubbercurry and is now living in Carney, Co. Sligo where he is very involved in teaching and playing in sessions locally and in Sligo town. He is a founding member of 2009 All-Ireland champions ‘The Dartry Ceili Band’. Philip is one of the highly respected traditional fiddlers of his generation in the North Connacht region. His style of playing displays influences from the great fiddle masters of Co Sligo. Philip has in recent years done extensive research on the traditional music heritage of Tubbercurry and the surrounding South Sligo area. In 2015 he gave a wonderful presentation on the late Fred Finn at the summer school and followed this in 2016 with a joint presentation on the musicians of Tubbercurry with flute and fiddle player James Murray.

Rick Epping Harmonica Tutor

Rick Epping is a California-born musician who has lived in Ireland since the 1970's. Rick is an integral member of the music scene in Sligo for many years now. He was the 1975 All-Ireland Harmonica champion and a member of the folk group Pumpkinhead. He has recorded with other Irish and American musicians and groups over the years, including Andy Irvine, Christy Moore, Mick Hanly, Bob Zentz, George Winston, Mary Staunton, Priscilla Herdman and Robbin Thompson. This will be Rick's second year at the school.

Seamie O'Dowd - Traditional Guitar Tutor

Seamie O'Dowd, from Sligo town, is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who also plays fiddle, harmonica, mandolin and a number of other instruments. He has travelled worldwide playing music and has shared stages and played with many great musicians and bands including The Chieftians, Mairtin O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Tommy Emmanuel, Dervish, Steve Wickham, Matt Molloy, Liam O'Flynn, Thom Moore, Dick Gaughan, Rick Epping, Aminah Hughes and many others. His experience also includes recording production, teaching and more recently, film soundtrack work, and encompasses solo performance as well as extensive work with bands and small groups as both a member and a session musician.

Shane McGowan Traditional Guitar Tutor

Shane has been described as the ‘perfect guitar player’ with immense ability to produce the ideal backdrop to any given melody. Well known to North West audiences Shane is part of a family steeped in music and is son of renowned Sligo flute player Harry McGowan. Shane is very much in demand for his accompanying skills and has performed with many top musicians including Matt Molloy, Máirtin O’Connor, Mayo box player David Munnelly and Lúnasa.

Siobhán O’Donnell - Bodhran Tutor

Siobhán O’Donnell, a Sligo native, grew up at the foothills of the Ox Mountains alongside the border of Co. Mayo. From an early age she was exposed to the finest music and song, coming from a family steeped in tradition with her father Colm being widely recognised as one of Ireland’s greatest exponents of traditional singing. Siobhán played music from the age of nine, learning tunes on the whistle and fiddle. She was greatly influenced by the South Sligo style of traditional music and song and has had lots of success, winning All- Ireland titles in Singing, Lilting and was crowned Senior All-Ireland Bodhrán Champion in 2005. Siobhán played with her father Colm in the group The Border Collies. From 2010 to 2013 Siobhan worked in Australia, where she was commissioned by the Irish National Association in Sydney to promote Irish music, song and culture in the region. She set up a music school for adults and children and performed at folk festivals across the country with her band, The Shamrock Sheilas. She then spent some years teaching and playing music in London and is now back at home where she is forging a new career as a fulltime musician and singer.

Stephen Doherty - Flute Tutor

A full time professional musician, sound engineer and teacher from Foxford Co. Mayo, Stephen has accumulated numerous all-Ireland medals on Whistle, Flute and Accordion over the years. He has toured over twenty countries in the past five years with various groups and shows, and has featured in recording sessions in Nashville. He has also appeared on many Irish TV programmes including Nationwide and The View and is highly sought after as an accompanist on keyboard and as musician at sean nós and other dancing competitions throughout the region.

Theresa O’Grady - Banjo Tutor

Theresa O’Grady was born and brought up in Luton, England. She now lives in Aclare, Co. Sligo. Theresa along with her two brothers James (Fiddle and pipes) and Ciaran (Concertina) have many All Ireland titles to their names. “The O’Gradys”, as they were more commonly known in their early music careers were privileged to have learned their music from, and played with great musicians such as Annette Caulfield, Tommy Keane, Paddy Hayes and Brian Rooney to name but a few. This exposure from a young age has been a great asset to Theresa as she is now one of the finest female banjo players in the country. She is an original founding member of the Sligo based band “The Border Collies” and Theresa can be credited with the famous “banjo track” on the album “Unleashed”.

Tony O’Connell - Concertina Masterclass( Thur. & Fri. )

Tony hails from Glin in West Limerick but now resides in Co.Kerry. Self-taught on the concertina he has won numerous All-Ireland titles and has been described as having a steady pulsing rhythm - characteristic of the west of Ireland.More about Tony

Liz & Yvonne Kane – Fidddle Tutor

Liz and Yvonne are from Letterfrack, Connemara, Co. Galway. The sisters were taught music by their grandfather, local fiddle player, Jimmy Mullen and Mary Finn, musician, teacher and native of Ballymote, Co.Sligo. They were also students at the South Sligo Summer School in the early years. Liz and Yvonne first came to national and international prominence during the three year period in which they toured with accordion player, Sharon Shannon as members of her band, The Woodchoppers. Their first duet fiddle album entitled ‘The Well Tempered Bow’ received rave reviews and is still a highly sought after album. Their repertoire features the musical compositions of east Galway musician and composer Paddy Fahy. Both Liz and Yvonne teach music in the Letterfrack area during the year.