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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 organically grown from year–to–year and 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, more than fifty at this stage, consists of the crème de la crème such as Pat Murphy, Joe and Ann Conroy Burke, Neillidh Mulligan, Noel Hill, John Wynne, Michael Hurley, Rosie Stewart, Paddy Ryan, John Daly, Síle Denvir, Deirdre Chawke, Michael McCague, and talented younger generation tutors – Dónal McCague–TG4 Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana 2013, Dave Sheridan, Padraig Mc Govern, Lisa Ward, Martin Howley, Fiachra Ó Regan, Lorcán Mac Mathúna and many more.

The Official Opening for the 25th year will be performed by their best – known tutor/accordionist – the one and only Joe Burke in Lough Allen Hotel followed by Traditional Group – Beoga in Concert on Sunday July 22nd. Fiddle Recital on Monday night with Special Guest – Dónal McCague – TG4 Ceoltóir Og Na Bliana. Flute and Whistle Recital on Wednesday night featuring Enda Seery – Leitrim Launch of his new CD – Síocháin na Tuaith. Grand Traditional Concert on Thursday night brings together the whole Gathering of Tutors for an amazing celebration of Traditional culture.

On the shores of beautiful Lough Allen and enjoying the music of All Ireland winning Ceili Band “Dartry”, the now established Summer School BBQ is an evening for all the family.

For the Set dancers, there is a full week of Set Dancing Ceilis – with top class Ceili Bands – Annaly, Copperplate, Five Counties, Swallow’s Tail, Glenside and Open Air Dancing on Saturday on High St. with Ceili Time – bringing together all friends–old and new for a great Gathering of local and visiting traditionalists.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhairimid. Bígí ann don Scoil Samhraidh chun Bliain na Crúinne a cheiliúradh le ceol, canadh agus rince na nGael.

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