Milltown Malbay

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy - Willie Clancy Summer School

Jul 05 2014 - Jul 13 2014
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Miltown Malbay, Clare, Clare, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)657084281
E: angleann@oceanfree.net

A week-long programme of tuition in Irish traditional music, song and dance. The classes and workshops are complemented by lectures, seminars, recitals, concerts and informal sessions.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is a week-long programme of tuition in Irish traditional music, song and dance. The classes and workshops are complemented by lectures, seminars, recitals, concerts and informal sessions.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy was established in 1973 and has run annually since then. The school provides tuition in uilleann pipes, the flute, whistle, concertina, button accordion, melodeon, banjo, harmonica and harp. It runs set-dance, step-dance and Conamara sean-nós dancing classes, and explores and demonstrates the Irish and English language song traditions. There is also a week-long introductory programme to the historical, social and cultural heritage of Irish traditional music.

The lectures and seminars examine various aspects of the Irish and other ethnic traditional/folk music experiences, while the recitals showcase the talents of tutors, students and guests in the arts of traditional music, song and dance. The céilithe bring the rhythms of the best céilí bands in the country to provide music for devoted set-dancers.
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy encourages young people to study traditional music by offering a range of tuition scholarships each year to young musicians in Clare, and by creating space for young musicians to have their own organised music sessions after formal class time.

Approximately 35% of the annual attendance at the school is from overseas, the age range is from 6 to 60+, and the gender mix is equally balanced.
A festival atmosphere permeates the town as informal music sessions spring up in pubs and on the street!