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26th South Sligo Summer School

July 15th – 21st, 2012

The 26th South Sligo Summer School of traditional music, song and dance takes place in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo from July 15th – 21st
inclusive. Over the years the range of traditional instruments being taught at the South Sligo Summer School has been gradually extended and includes the fiddle and flute which are synonymous with the South Sligo style, tin whistle, button and piano accordions, banjo, uilleann pipes, harp, concertina, bodhrán, traditional guitar, traditional keyboard accompaniment and singing classes in both sean-
nós style and traditional singing in English, as well as classes and demonstrations in lilting.

Masterclasses in fiddle, flute and tin whistle are offered to experienced students, with an emphasis on the South Sligo and North Connacht styles of playing. All classes are graded and all the tutors at the South Sligo Summer School are highly regarded musicians in their own right with a great deal of teaching experience behind them and a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the music they play
and of the skills which they impart to all those attending their classes. Set and sean nós dancing  classes are taught daily also and all registered students can enjoy reduced entry into nightly céilís while the céilí on Thursday night, featuring the renowned Swallows Tail Céilí Band, is free to registered students.

The week of the summer school presents a wonderful opportunity for visitors from around Ireland and indeed from the four corners of the world as well as young people from the local and surrounding area and further afield to come together and broaden and deepen their
understanding, enjoyment and expression of traditional music. It is for this reason mainly that the South Sligo Summer School continues to thrive and to be such a vital element of the annual traditional music calendar locally, nationally and globally.

The music of South Sligo has been going through a golden period since the turn of the 21st century with many young Sligo musicians making their mark nationally and globally and playing to a very high standard with wonderful innovation and yet with a deep respect for
the long tradition that comes behind them. For the uninitiated and even for those familiar with the scene, this mix of young and old, of innovation and tradition, of organised and impromptu is a great part of what makes the South Sligo Summer School a special experience and one not to be missed as each year brings its own musical gems, opportunities for reflection and moments of pure joy and madness in the best musical sense.

It’s 2012, it’s the 26th Year, it’s Tubbercurry, July15th–21st, 2012–see you there!

The full programme for this year’s summer school is now available online at or for further details
Tel: 00-353-71-9120912 or email:

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