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

Interactive talks/workshops in St. Brigid’s Hall 2.30-4:00pm

These interactive talks, given daily in St. Brigid's hall, provide a unique insight to the history, influences and characters that are part of the traditional music of the area. 2:30pm - 4:00pm

‘The Origins of Our Tunes' presented by Paddy Ryan

Paddy has been teaching fiddle classes here since the school started in 1986. He is very well known as a fiddle tutor, traditional music historian and indeed broadcaster (Shannonside). Paddy is a powerhouse of information about the music of the area and in this presentation Paddy will also demonstrate some of the tune's characteristics on his fiddle.

‘The Music of North Connacht presented by Fiddle and Flute Duet Musicians John McEvoy & John Wynne

John Wynne is now living in Kilteevan where his father was born and reared , having been brought up in Roscommon town and lived in Dublin for many years. Like the other younger players on this CD, John was inspired by the playing of Patsy Hanly, John Carlos, Frank Jordan and Tommy Guihan.

John also has a huge interest in the South Sligo flute playing tradition, and he is a big fan of the music of Peter Horan, Seamus Tansey and James Murray, and, of course, the great Matt Molloy of Ballaghaderreen was a huge influence.

John has recorded two CDs with the group Providence. He has also released a critically acclaimed solo CD “With Every Breath”. John is also the producer of this CD, and, for him, this has been a labour of love and a vital project to complete.

John McEvoy is a renowned fiddler and noteworthy composer. John was particularly drawn to the fiddle playing of the Sligo masters. John has played with many groups including Flynn’s men Bakerswell and kelp. He recorded the album Bakerswell with the group of the same name in the late eighties. His solo CD, Returning, was released in 1998, and he recorded The Kilmore Fancy with his sister, flute-player Catherine McEvoy, in 2004. He released his long awaited second solo CD entitled Traditional Fiddle Music in 2012.

Tribute to legendary Ballad singer Delia Murphy' presented by her niece Carmen Cullen

Delia Murphy Kiernan, was a singer and collector of Irish ballads. She recorded several 78 rpm records in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. In 1962 she recorded her only LP, The Queen of Connemara, for Irish Prestige Records, New York, on the cover of which her name appears alongside the LP title. During World War II, she aided Vatican official, Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, in saving the lives of 6,500 Allied soldiers and Jews, while her husband, Dr. Thomas J. Kiernan, was the Irish Ambassador in Rome from 1941–46. Her niece Carmen will give a personal account of her aunt's musical career and the presentation will include live renditions of some of Delia's well known repertoire of songs.

The Uilleann Piping of North Connacht - Counties Sligo, Roscommon & Leitrimpresented by Uilleann Pipers Leonard Barry & John Tuohy

Leonard from North Kerry, is one of Ireland's finest uilleann pipers. He now resides in Sligo where he is very active in promoting the pipes both as a session musician and a teacher. 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. For more about Leonard see Visit his web site.

The Music of Vincent Harrison - the Sligo/New York Connection presented by Liam O’Connor

Vincent was from Dromahair, Co. Leitrim. He spent many years working and playing the fiddle in New York, where he formed great musical friendships with fellow musicians from the South Sligo area such as Martin Wynne and Andy McGann. Liam is a renowned fiddle player who personally knew Vincent Harrison and his music.