All our guests can avail of music tuition throughout the year whilst homestaying in beautiful County Leitrim. Our experienced Irish Musicians, with years of experience in Irish Music, offer one to one daily lessons in all traditional instruments. We cater for beginners and intermediate students of tin whistle, harp, fiddle, concertina, accordian, uileann pipes, banjo, mandolin, bodhrán, flute and banjo. We also offer sean nós singing lessons, sean nós dance, traditional Irish dance and set dancing lessons.
Choose from a variety of accommodation including full board homestay accommodation in town or countryside, self-catering in a lake shore cottage, B&B accommodation, or a choice of hotels including one of Irelands finest castle hotels. Combine your music lessons with a choice of activities and excursions including nightly pub music sessions.
During the summer months Ireland comes alive with traditional Irish music events held in many local towns and villages. Here in Leitrim, we are fortunate to have the Joe Mooney Summer School, a week long festival in late July of Irish Music, Song and Dance. Classes are held daily in all instruments with many international students visiting. Afternoons, evenings and late into the night, the streets and pubs in the town host trad music sessions with many visiting tutors and students joining in.
Following after the Joe Mooney School in the last week of July comes O Carolan festival just down the road in the village of Keadue. O Carolan hosts world renowned tutors in Harp, Fiddle, Whistle, Accordion, Concertina and Bodhran alongside Sean Nós singing and dance lessons. Daily classes, night time recitals and tutors concerts during the week, all lead up to Saturdays international Harp competition followed by Mondays world famous door dancing competiton, a Sean Nós dancing highlight.
For a week long intensive bodhrán course, Junior Davey Bodhrán Academy runs the first week of August in Gurteen, County Sligo. For flute, whistle and sean nós workshops, the John McKenna weekend is in June in Drumkeerin County Leitrim and, on the other side of the Lough Allen, Ballinaglera village hosts a traditional music weekend in October
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