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25th Joe Mooney Summer School of Traditional Music, Song and Dance, Drumshanbo, Co.Leitrim

July 20th–27th, 2013

Twenty five years a–growing and now in full bloom. The story of its growth is both interesting and amazing. It began in 1989 when a small seed was sown in a small town in Co. Leitrim by a small group of people who set out to promote the unique style of Leitrim  music and traditional culture.

From small beginnings, it has grown organically from year to year and it has become widely known and highly regarded on the traditional calendar. It now provides traditional music workshops, singing and set dancing for over 1000 students. The list of traditional tutors, over fifty at this stage, consists of the creme de la creme

of traditional musicians. This provides an amazing opportunity  for the younger generation to absorb the entire traditional experience at first hand–learning from the masters, discussing, listening and perhaps even playing with them at sessions.

Set dancing commenced with the Mighty Connie Ryan and continues in the able hands of the extremely popular Pat Murphy whose love and enthusiasm for the Sets is legendary as is his energy – he teaches by day and calls the sets by night at all the Céilis. This is the sociable aspect of the Summer School where friendships are made and enjoyment is paramount.

The town of Drumshanbo – with its unique High St, is a natural stage for the music and when the sun is shinning during July, it is an outdoor musical paradise. Bígí ann don Scoil Samhraidh an bhlian seo.

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