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July 14th – 20th, 2013

The South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song & Dance takes place in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, from July 14th – 20th, 2013. Now in its 27th year and firmly established on the traditional music summer calendar, the whole community in Tubbercurry look forward once again to welcoming friends old and new for a week long total immersion in all that is positive and life affirming about our wonderful traditional music.

Instruments taught at the school include fiddle, flute, tin whistle, harp, uilleann pipes, concertina, button accordion, piano accordion, banjo, traditional guitar and bodhrán. Beginners can enrol in tin whistle, bodhrán, uilleann pipes, harp and dancing classes. A limited number of instruments are available to rent for the week but must be booked in advance. Masterclasses in fiddle, flute and tin whistle are provided during the week. This year’s fiddle masterclass will be facilitated by renowned fiddle player Manus Maguire. Singing workshops are offered in traditional singing in English and Sean Nós singing. Lilting is also a feature of the singing classes during the week. Dancers are catered for with set dancing classes each morning under the watchful eye of set dancing tutors Pat Murphy and Betty McCoy. Sean nós dancing classes are held each afternoon from Monday to Friday, with Brenda O’Callaghan at the helm. Two hand dances are also taught during the week as part of the morning workshops.
From the official opening on Sunday night through to the closing céilí the following Saturday night, participants can look forward to immersing themselves in traditional music, song and dance for a full six days and nights packed with workshops, céilís, classes, lectures and talks, sessions, recitals and concerts.

Afternoon talks this year include a presentation on piping and pipe-making by tutors Brian Gallahar & John Butler and an interactive workshop with fiddle tutor Gavin Collis, focussing on composing traditional tunes by ear. Tutors and musicians teaching and performing at the South Sligo Summer School are of the highest calibre and with many of them having their musical and geographical roots in the North West, the Connacht style of playing and in particular, the South Sligo style is featured strongly.

Full details of this year’s program can be found on the summer school website
by emailing: or
Tel 353-71-9120912/353-71-9182151.

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