Titans of trad can teach thing or two

[From the Independent, here >>>]

A primary school was given a taste of the traditional yesterday as an annual music festival rolled into town.

The musicians of the future were treated to a masterclass from the professionals in Feakle National School in Co Clare as part of the 23rd annual International Festival of Traditional Irish Music in the town.

The event began on Wednesday with a celebration of Spancil Hill singer Robbie McMahon and a screening of the documentary ‘Last night as I Lay Dreaming’, which features his contribution to traditional music.

Yesterday, the first of three workshops got under way in the local school, with children as young as seven being given lessons in instruments such as the fiddle, tin whistle, accordion and flute as well as sean nos singing and dancing.

Among the musicians lending a hand in the lessons include renowned whistle player and singer Sean Ryan and US-born accordion player Colm Gannon.

Other highlights include Glasgow singer Eddi Reader and her band at 7.30 tonight.

On Sunday at 3pm the crowds will get an international treat in the form of an outdoor performance from Dutch male choir Flora Shantys, followed by US harmonica player Rick Epping and Sligo man Seamie O’Dowd.

On Monday the festival will wind down with a dancing session from the Taylor’s Cross Ceili Band outside Peppers bar, while the following day will see events finish with informal sessions throughout the town.

– Michael Mchale

Irish Independent


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