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Joe Mooney Summer School

July 18th – 25th, 2015

The Joe Mooney Summer School 2015 will run from July 18th to July 25th in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim. The Summer School is in its 27th year and is well–established on the traditional calendar of events.

Leitrim is synonymous with traditional music and its connections with famous great musicians of the past such as flute player John Mc Kenna, fiddle player James Morrison etc. have given it historical credentials of which Leitrim is so proud.

The Summer School continues to uphold that wonderful heritage and tutors of highest calibre are passing on the great tradition to the next generations – tutors such as Joe and Ann Conroy–Burke, Paddy Ryan, John Wynne, John Daly, Síle Denvir, Brian McNamara, Bernie Flaherty, Dave Sheridan, Michael Mc Cague, Rosie Stewart, Lorcán Mc Mathúna and many more of notable acclaim.

Drumshanbo is a small town of scenic beauty lying on the shores of Lough Allen and on the newly designated Blue Way under the shadow of Sliabh an Iarainn where in Irish Mythology, the Tuatha de Danann arrived in a mist bringing with them Three Goddesses of Music, Song and Harmony - truly a gift from the gods! During the week, as well as music, Set dancing, 2 Hand dance and Sean Nós dancing are an integral part of the week and top-class Céilí Bands provide music nightly for the tireless set dancers and finishing the week with outdoor Céilí on High St is a highlight not to be missed.

Afternoons are complete with sessions around town and talks in St. John`s Church. Last year the spotlight was on the recordings of John Mc Kenna and this year Daithi Gormley, Sligo box player and blood relative of the great James Morrison, will give an insight into “James Morrison – The Leitrim Connection”. Keeping the great fiddle playing of Leitrim alive also will see Lisa Ward – All Ireland Fiddle Winner launching her solo fiddle CD “Eala”  a treat in store for all!

Drumshanbo with its unique High St., pleasant surroundings and friendly atmosphere will extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to all musicians, young and old and visitors from far and near.

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