Scoil Samhraidh WIllie Clancy - A Reflection
ITMA is delighted to present a special reflective documentary on Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy that shines a light on the impact & value of this special summer school. Premiering on Facebook, YouTube and itma.ie this Sat 18 July 2020 at 8.00 pm. #SSWC2020
This documentary will trace the origins, ethos and impact of one of Ireland's most important music events — the annual Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy held in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. ITMA are very proud to be in a position to help fill the void created by the cancellation of the 48th Scoil Samhraidh WIllie Clancy (SSWC) in light of Covid-19. Since its inception in 1973, SSWC, also known as the Willie Clancy Summer School, has had a hugely positive influence on the development of Irish traditional music, song and dance. For thousands of traditional musicians, the first week of July is the highlight of their musical calendar. This documentary will feature archival footage, contemporary interviews and performances from many of Ireland's leading traditional musicians including: Willie Clancy, Micho Russell, Tommy and Siobhán Peoples, Noel Hill, Cormac Begley, John Kelly, Joe Ryan, Áine Hensey, the McCarthy Family, Mulcahy Family, The Glackin Family, The Friel Sisters and many many more.
Thanks to Peter Laban for permission to use the photograph of Mick O'Brien at SSWC, 1990s.