Meitheal Residential Summer School, 24 -28 July 2017.
Scottish concertina player Simon Thoumire posted a video blog of his journey to Limerick:
"I loved Meitheal. I thought the young people were all brilliant players especially the concertina class! I also never knew 10 banjos could swing so brilliantly. The classic ceilidh band night was a revelation to me and a great idea to show the participants their roots. Here's to more Meitheal Trad Weeks."
The Meitheal tutors 2017 were: Claire Egan, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Dónal McCague, Ronan Browne, Dave Sheridan, Simon Thoumire, Shane Bracken, Clara Mannion, Theresa O'Grady, Marcus Moloney, Damian McKee, Benny McCarthy, and Aoife Ní Argáin.
A former recipient of TG4 Young Musician of the Year, fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh is heavily influenced by his extended family including Altan member Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Ciarán’s first album Ceol a’ Ghleanna was released in 2004. He is also a member of the band Fidil.
Ciarán Ó Maonaigh @ FROG
Dave Sheridan’s music has been described as "a highly accomplished free flowing fluid style, with sound technique and solid driving rhythm" (Hot Press Magazine). On the back of his critically acclaimed debut album Sheridan’s Guesthouse he released his second solo flute album entitled Drivin' Leitrim Timber in 2010.
Dave Sheridan @ FROG
Ronan Browne (uilleann pipes) is master of the music of the old masters such as Seamus Ennis and Tommy Potts. He straddles the difficult divide between pure trad and the modern world. He writes for film and TV and was the original piper with Afro Celt Sound System and Riverdance.
Ronan Browne @ FROG
Shane Bracken (concertina) spent some time in the Boston trad scene. He made two albums with Lia Luachra with whom he performed across Europe. Shane is a highly regarded performer and tutor and has given workshops on the concertina both internationally and across Ireland.
Shane Bracken @ FROG
Meitheal Summer School 2018 will be held from July 23rd to July 27th. Application closing date March 30th.
Photo Credits: (1) Dónal McCague, (2) Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, (3) Dave Sheridan, (4) Ronan Browne, (5) Shane Bracken, (6) Simon Thoumire, (7) Damian McKee, (8) Benny McCarthy (unknown/website).