About the course:
A week spent exploring Irish traditional music on the concertina. It is aimed at improvers at intermediate level (ie: ability to play some reels and jigs at moderate tempo). The course will be taught on anglo concertina but other concertina systems are welcome. This week is for adult learners only, to come together to share, learn and challenge yourselves! To ensure quality and satisfaction, places are limited. I recommend familiarity with ABC notation.
- Daily group lesson with Caitlín Nic Gabhann Particular attention will be paid to repertoire, technique, rhythm, ornamentation and chords.
- A one-to-one lesson with Caitlín during the week This is your opportunity to ask specific questions on your own progress and development.
- Bed & Breakfast Your own ensuite room at a local popular guesthouse is included in this price for the week.
- Activities We want to show off this beautiful area! Weather dependent, activities may include:Boat trip to Gola island, off the coast of Gaoth DobhairGlenveagh Castle and gardens in the Glenveagh National Parkand more…!
About the area
Gaoth Dobhair is an area of unrivalled beauty in northwest Donegal, situated between the mountains and the sea along the Wild Atlantic Way. It is the heartland of the Donegal Gaeltacht, one of the main Irish-speaking areas in the country and boasts a rich music and song tradition, with acts such as Altan, Clannad and Enya coming from the area. Explore more at: www.gaothdobhair.ie
About the tutor
Three time All-Ireland champion on concertina, Caitlín is a regular performer at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia. She is also an accomplished dancer and has toured the world with Riverdance as a troupe dancer. Writing tunes since the age of ten, her compositions have been performed in the Cork Opera House and The National Concert Hall, Dublin and recorded by renowned musicians in Ireland and abroad. She teaches concertina annually at summer and winter schools in Ireland, Europe and USA and has performed with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, Paddy Keenan, Liam Ó Maonlaí, for Presidents and Royalty around the world, most recently at ‘Ceiliúradh’ in the Royal Albert Hall, London as a guest of President Michael D. Higgins. Her debut solo CD release, Caitlín was voted the 2012 ‘CD of the Year’ award by tradconnect.com as well as being labelled the ‘top Irish traditional album of 2012’ by The Wall Street Journal.
We include a ‘companion’ package so bring along your spouse or friend and they can join in on the daily activities with us! All welcome!
Tip 1: Why not fly into Donegal airport. The airport is only 15 minutes from Gaoth Dobhair and was voted the second most scenic landing in the world by National Geographic Traveller in 2017. Twice daily flights to and from Dublin. Also flights to and from Glasgow. Get a window seat! Book with Aer Lingus at www.aerlingus.com
Tip 2: The B&B is walking distance from the Amharclann, where your daily classes will be. So unless you want to explore the area yourself, you won’t have a need for a car.
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