FolkWorld #66 07/2018
© Joe Mooney Summer School

Céad Míle Fáilte

Joe Mooney Summer School

21-28 July 2018


Joe Mooney Summer School of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance. Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, Ireland.

Every July Drumshanbo plays host to the award winning Joe Mooney Summer School, a week long festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance named after the man who did so much to promote the cause of Leitrim and his beloved town. The committee continue to emulate his high ideals, endeavouring to promote Leitrim's heritage of traditional music while handing on the best traditions of the past to future generations.

Drumshanbo is a small picturesque town situated in the very heart of County Leitrim, Ireland. The town takes its name from the Irish, Druim-Sean-Bhoth or "Ridge of the old huts". The legends of the Tuatha de Danann recall the arrival of these magical people in a swirling mist on the nearby Sliabh an Iarainn mountain. They brought with them three musicians, Ceol, Binn and Téidbhinn - music, melody and harmony, whose legacy still remains.

In addition to the classes and workshops there are recitals, ceilithe, lectures, and open air music events. The impromptu music sessions, the natural beauty of the Drumshanbo area and the traditional 'ceád míle fáilte' hospitality of County Leitrim provide an unforgettable week for all those who participate in the classes and also for those who just visit the town to be part of the experience.

Classes & Tutors for 2018

Dónal McCague

Artist Video Dónal McCague @ FROG

Dancing & Singing Classes

Set Dancing
Pat Murphy, Catherine Curran.

Sean Nós Dancing / Sets (Juniors 7-12yrs)
Patrick Devane, Lillie Crossley.

Traditional Singing
Rosie Stewart, Fionnuala Reilly, Siobhan O Donnell.

Sean Nós Singing
Roisín Elsafty.

Instrument Classes

Button Accordian
Anne Conroy-Burke, Nuala Hehir, Daithí Gormley, Brian Mostyn, Damien Mc Guinness.

Jack Talty, Seamus O Mongáin, Gearóid Ó Catháin, Tim Doyle, Breda Shannon, Jacinta Ní Chonghaile.

John Daly, Fiona Doherty, Gerry Harrington, Donal Mc Cague, Jacqui Martin, Lisa Ward, Ronan Regan, Conor Ward, Clare Bohan, Caoimhe Kearins, 
Shane Meehan, Bríd O Keeffe, Grace Doolan, Devon Mc Gillavray.

John Wynne, Dave Sheridan, Michael Hurley, Bernie Flaherty, Aidan Shannon.

Dave Sheridan

Artist Video Dave Sheridan @ FROG
Tin Whistle
Tommy Fitzharris, Sarah Jane Woods, Ferdia O Mongáin, Cein Sweeney, Lorraine Sweeney, Padraig Sweeney, Orla Ward, Niamh Ward, Sarah Ward.

Uilleann Pipes
Neilidh Mulligan, Padraig Mc Govern, Brian Hughes.

Aoife Ní Argain, Eadaoin Ní Mhaicín, Fiachra Guihen.

Mick Blake (Piano), Michael Mc Cague (Guitar), Michael Dietz (Guitar).

Seán Mc Cague, George Mc Adam, Kerrie Herrity.

Micheál Healy.

Sven Paetz.

Junior Davy, Seán O Neill, Darragh Healy.

Photo Credits: (1) Joe Mooney Summer School of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance, (2) Dónal McCague, (3) Dave Sheridan (unknown/website).

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