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Oidhreacht an Chláir

Oidhreacht an Chláir was launched in 2003 with the aim of conserving and promoting the traditional arts in their native environment. Based at its permanent headquarters, Áras OaC in Miltown Malbay Co. Clare, our fully refurbished residence is next door to the one-time home of the renowned uillean piper, Willie Clancy (1918-1973). Miltown is the venue for the annual Summer School dedicated to his memory.

OaC Master Classes in Traditional Music Series

Oidhreacht an Chláir is promoting a new major initiative: a master class series in Irish Traditional music, which will start off with master musician Noel Hill’s Concertina master class on the weekend of 3rd, 4th and 5th of February, 2012, at Āras OaC, Flag Rd, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare. This is an intensive course aimed at the advanced and advanced-intermediate student, with a concentration on style, phrasing and fingering technique. Places on the course are limited and early booking is essential. The fee of €150 includes tuition, free admission to the Noel Hill concert on Friday 3rd, and lunch on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th.


Prospective students may pre-register and submit fees by credit card (Paypal) at, by 6pm on Friday 20th January, 2012.  Alternatively, cheques made payable to OaC, may be sent to Āras OaC, FlagRd, Miltown Mlitown Malbay, Co Clare.


Students will have to arrange their own transport and accommodation. There will be special accommodation rates available for the weekend. For full details on course and accommodation see Email:


Friday 3rd             9pm: Concert at the Market House, Main St, with Noel Hill & Friends

Saturday 4th        10.OOam:Fáilte /Welcome at Āras OaC

10.30-1pm                              Class

1-2.30 pm                               Lunch

2.30-5.30pm                          Class

8.3Opm                                   Students Recital in Āras OaC

10.00 pm                 Music session in local pub

Sunday 5th         10.30-11.30 am:                 Final review with Noel Hill

11.30-12.30 pm                 Concertina exhibition: the instrument, its history, repair and maintenance, with Steve Chambers

12.30-1.30 pm                    Clare concertina music: audio and video recordings from OaC archives, with Barry Taylor

1.30-2.30                              lunch

Coming up in the Master Class Series: Martin Hayes and Matt Molloy. The dates for these classes have to be confirmed and full information will be issued in due course.

Oidhreacht an Chláir Teo is a not –for-personal profit community based company, without a share capital and limited by guarantee. OaC welcomes input, support and participation from all members of the community.

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