Thursday, July 14, 2016

Visit to Ireland: July 10-22

From July 11-16, I participated in the South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance.

"Our programme includes a broad range of classes, workshops, interactive talks and masterclasses as well as nightly ceilis, concerts and informal music sessions. The school is held in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo . July 10-16, 2016. This is its 30th year. Participants at the South Sligo Summer School can expect excellent tuition in traditional music, singing and dance. Class sizes are kept small and are graded.  A packed programme of events also includes nightly ceilis in St. Brigid's Hall and concerts featuring tutors, local musicians playing in the South Sligo Style, and visiting singers and musicians. Afternoons are equally busy with masterclasses, sean nos dancing workshops in St. Brigid's Hall and informal practice sessions led by summer school tutors. Visitors to Tubbercurry during the week of the South Sligo Summer School can expect to hear the very finest traditional music and to take away musical memories to last a lifetime.  The entire area surrounding Tubbercurry is a mecca for traditional musicians and the scenic landscape of South Sligo is an added attraction for visitors to the South Sligo Summer School with a whole range of outdoor pursuits for them to partake in during their stay."

The summer school is held in the quaint town of Tubercurry, which has 2,000 residents but over a 7+ pubs!

I stayed at Moy River B&B, located about 6 miles from Tubercurry nestled in the Irish countryside. My hosts Rita and Pat could not better hosts.

Moy River B&B
Pat, my B&B host

I met a talented 16-year old fiddle player named Noel Sobukawa who came all the way from Japan to study with Declan Folan.

Noel Sobukawa, her uncle, and horses in the Irish countryside
I am enrolled in the multi-instrument class for adults with Fiona Doherty and Michael Hurley, struggling to learn the tin whistle.

Fiona Doherty