FolkWorld #60 07/2016
© South Sligo Summer School

A Mecca for Traditional Musicians

South Sligo 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. Those wishing to attend classes and workshops can register at: St. Brigid's Hall Monday July 10th. 8:30am - 10:00am, if not already pre-registered.

South Sligo Summer School

Traditional Irish Music, Song, Dance

Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo

10 - 16 July 2016

Artist Video


Paddy Ryan, Philip Duffy, Declan Folan, Oisín Mac Diarmada, Liz Kane, Yvonne Kane

Cian Kearins, Damien Stenson, Cian Kearins, Stephen Doherty

Tin Whistle
Marion Egan, Fionnuala Kearins, Aidan Shannon, John Dwyer, Colm O'Donnell, Niamh Ni Shuilleabhain (Feadog Stain as Gaelgie)

Uilleann pipes
Jarlath McTernan, Leonard Barry

Holly Geraghty, Niamh McGloin

Theresa O'Grady, Adrian McAuliffe

Breda Shannon, Bernie Geraghty

Harmonica, introduction to;
Rick Epping

Audio Production for Irish Traditional Music
Jack Talty

Button Accordian
Anne Conroy Burke, Annette Owens, Daithi Gormley

Traditional Guitar
Seamie O'Dowd, Shane McGowan

Junior Davey, Darragh Healy

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

Holly Geraghty

Artist Video Holly Geraghty @ FW:

Leonard Barry

Artist Video Leonard Barry @ FW:
FW#23, #53, #53, #55

Stephen Doherty

Artist Video Stephen Doherty @ FW:
FW#42, #42, #50, #51

Oisín Mac Diarmada

Artist Video Oisín Mac Diarmada @ FW:
FW#18, #23, #48, #53, #59

Shane McGowan & Seamie O'Dowds

Artist Video Seamie O'Dowd @ FolkWorld:
FW#39, #39, #40

Monday Night Concert

The Monday night concert in St. Attracta's school, July 11th 2016, 8:00pm, pays tribute to local musicians and teachers who have contributed to the South Sligo Music scene and the school over the years.

This year we will be honouring Shane McGowan and Seamie O'Dowds' contribution to the school over the years. Both highly regarded and sought after champions of traditional music on guitar, Seamie and Shanes’ family and musical roots are in South Sligo. Shane's father Harry has been a mentor for the school since it's early days and both Seamie's parents, Joe from Gurteen and Sheila from Bunninadden were among the first fiddle tutors at the school.

We look forward to an excellent evening with them. Master of Ceremonies for the night will be Bunninadden musician Fr. James McDonagh. Seamie and Shane will be join on stage by family and friends. We anticipate a very special evening of music and song to kick off our 30th week in great style.

Traditional Guitar was first introduced in the school in 1992 when it was taught by Boyle musician Frankie Simon. Both Seamie and Shane will be teaching traditional guitar Mon-Sat, 10:00am 1:00pm, for the remainder of the week.

Photo Credits: (1) South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance, (2) Holly Geraghty, (3) Leonard Barry, (4) Stephen Doherty, (5) Oisín Mac Diarmada, (6) Shane McGowan & Seamie O'Dowd (unknown/website).

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