Celebration Concert @ Concertina Cruinniú 2022

Celebration Concert @ Concertina Cruinniú 2022

Saturday, 19 February 2022, 8.30pm

Oidhreacht an Chláir / Clare Institute for Traditional Studies presents
Concertina Cruinniú
Féile Mhór an Chonsairtín
Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
18th-20th February 2022

Early Bird €60, register and pay by 31st January 2022, €75 thereafter. Register here

The Concertina Cruinniú is an annual community, non-commercial event organised by Oidhreacht an Chláir in promotion of the musical and cultural heritage of Clare.  It provides a packed programme of top-level tuition for students at all levels, concerts and lectures, featuring most of the leading concertina players in Ireland.                

Full details of the Concertina Cruinniú are available at www.concertinacruinniu.ie. 

We gratefully acknowledge the continuing support of the Arts Council for the Concertina Cruinniú.


2022 Concertina Cruinniú Programme


8.30pm - 10.00pm
Lecture & Recital: The Housekeepers’ Cut. Doireann Glackin and Sarah Flynn will discuss and perform from their recent debut album The Housekeepers, which explores the music and lives of Ella Mae O’Dwyer, Nora Hurley, Aggie Whyte, Ellen Galvin and Mollie Myers Murphy.
Venue: Community Centre
Admission: €5. Free for registered students

Cosán Ceoil in selected pubs, with some of the leading concertina players and other musicians.
Admission free. Fáilte roimh chách.


10.00am - 1.00pm (Short Break 11.15)
Classes at Community Centre and other venues.
All classes will be overseen by Master Tutor Noel Hill and conducted by a panel of experienced musicians and tutors: Sorcha Curtin, Edel Fox, Bernie Geraghty, Noel Hill, Mairead Hurley, Claire Keville, Jacqueline McCarthy, Mary MacNamara, Caoilfhionn Ní Fhrighil, Liam O’Brien, Conor O’Loughlin and Jack Talty.

2.30pm – 3.30pm
Lecture: Crossing Sliabh Aughty: The concertina music of Connie Hogan from Woodford, curated by Claire Keville
Venue: Community Centre.
Admission €5. Free for registered students.

2.30pm – 5.30pm
Open Junior Session: Led by Josephine Marsh & Bernie Geraghty
Venue: Central Hotel.
Admission free. Fáilte roimh chách.

2.30pm – 5.30pm
Open Adult Session: led by Áine & Francis O’Connor.
Venue: Friel’s Bar.
Admission free. Fáilte roimh chách.

4.30pm – 5.30pm
Listening Room: The Solo Step and Set Dances in the Tradition. In this presentation Michael Tubridy will describe his perspective on the traditional step dances in Ireland. The dances will be illustrated by Noel Devery and Maureen O’Reilly, and the music will be provided by Michael Tubridy and Maureen O’Reilly.
Venue: Westbridge Bar & Restaurant.
Admission €5. Free for registered students.

8.30pm - 10.00pm
Fear an Tí: Tim Dennehy
Venue: Community Centre
Admission €20. Cruinniú students €10.

To celebrate the 10th holding of the Concertina Cruinniú, Ireland’s greatest festival devoted to the concertina, a very special Celebration Concert has been organised by Oidhreacht an Chláir for Saturday, February 19 at 8.30pm in the new Community Centre, Miltown Malbay. 

The Concert will feature the premiere of newly composed music, Ceol ón Earrach Thiar, specially commissioned, with generous support from the Arts Council, by Oidhreacht an Chláir from the master of the concertina, Noel Hill, to mark the 10th holding of the Cruinniú.

For Noel, whose exploration of the emotional depths of slow airs is unmatched as a performer, this is his first venture into composition in this genre.  The title of the piece, Ceol ón Earrach Thiar (Music from the Western Spring) - alluding to the mid-February date of the Concertina Cruinniú annually at the approach of Spring, and also echoing the well-known poem of Máirtín Ó Direáin, An tEarrach Thiar, and its powerful images of busy Springtime life in the Aran of his youth - is an appropriately evocative blend of music, memory and place.  

The music will be performed by the renowned musicians Liam O’Connor, Seán Talty, Claire Keville, Jack Talty, Ultan O’Brien and singer Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, with Noel Hill himself. 

The second half of the Concert will feature the flute and fiddle duet of the famed Matt Molloy and John Carty. Together they will explore the exciting possibilities this pairing produce in their own unique style.

Tickets for this Celebration Concert at €20 (€10 for Cruinniú students) are strictly limited, in line with public health regulations, and are available from Áras OaC, Flag Road, Miltown Malbay (065-7085785) or online at https://concertinacruinniu.ie/concert/.  

Cosán Ceoil in selected pubs, with some of the leading concertina players and other musicians. Admission free. Fáilte roimh chách.


10.00am - 1.00pm (Short Break 11.15)
Classes at Community Centre and other venues.

2.30pm - 5.30pm
Songs and Tunes
Tim Dennehy & Róisín White with Connie O’Connell, Eileen de Paor, Ella Marie O’Dwyer and Pat Sheeran. Venue: The Forge @ The Players Bar.Admission free. Fáilte roimh chách.

Fee: For two days’ tuition and admission to all events except Saturday Night Concert.
Early Bird Registration: €60. Students must register and pay by 31st January 2022, to avail of this. €75 thereafter. Please Register and pay on the Registration page
Further details:Contact eolas [at] oac.ie
or 087-2897935, 087-6889239

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