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June 30th – July 4th, 2008

The Coleman Country Bodhrán School was established in 2006 by Andrew ‘Junior’ Davey from Gurteen in South Sligo.He is a five times All Ireland Bodhrán Champion and celebrates and preserves the wonderful bodhrán tradition of his area.

The Coleman Country is the area of South Sligo, North Roscommon and North-East Mayo which contains the village Killavil, close to which legendary fiddler Michael Coleman (1891-1946) was born.

The Coleman Country has had a strong expression in music for more than 150 years, involving fife and drum bands, fiddle playing for dancing, flute and tin whistle, - and last but not least original old-style bodhrán playing, known locally as handstriking.

This sean-nós-form of bodhrán playing is well researched and documented and there is no doubt that South Sligo is a historical hotbed for bodhrán playing and bodhrán making in Ireland.

The Coleman Country Bodhrán School takes place at The Coleman Traditional Irish Music Centre, located in the village Gurteen, which is todays musical epicentrum in the area. The school is an educational power-centre devoted to the playing of the Irish bodhrán, with serious tuition for students at all levels.
The school offers a full one week programme designed to provide advanced tuition in bodhrán-performance consisting of 20 lessons, plus lectures, sessions and concerts for more than 40 hours during the week.

Critical examination of repertoire sources and styles of performance is an integrated part of the programme. Bodhrán-tuition will be provided by a team of renowned traditional bodhrán performers and tutors, who this year will be Junior Davey, Svend Kjeldsen, Colm Phelan and Sean O’Neill.

The students are invited to lectures about essential subjects in bodhrán-playing and sessions with well-known South Sligo-musicians including legendary flute-player Peter Horan.

The first concert during the week presents a variety of local musicians and gives a fine introduction to the music-tradition of South Sligo.
The second concert limelights Tommie Cunniffe (accordion), Karl Nesbitt (bouzouki) and last but not least the innovative bodhrán-player Brian Morrissey.

The week finishes with a presentation of bodhrán-ensembles and a grand finale concert with Eleanor Shanley Band.

Further information:
Tel.: +353-71 91 82 773 // +353 - 86 301 3567

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