Traditional Singing Recital  @ Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy / Willie Clancy Summer School 2021 – Online Programme

Traditional Singing Recital @ Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy / Willie Clancy Summer School 2021 – Online Programme

Friday, 9 July 2021, 7.00pm

The 49th annual Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy (SSWC) will be a virtual one in 2021. The organising committee had hoped that the pandemic would have played itself out by July 2021 but obviously this will not be the case. Therefore, under the circumstances, the online route is the safe way to present our programme and maintain our presence on the Irish traditional music landscape.

In order to defray some of the costs of running the 49th Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy there will be a fee of €60 for the week’s tuition, and a fee of €10 to view any one of the seven pre-recorded events on the programme.

Registration for tuition is now open. Please go to and click on the Register button. Tickets for the pre-recorded events are also available on this link.

See the full programme below. You can also download a pdf of the programme below. We look forward to your participation in SSWC 2021.


49ú Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy / 49th Annual Willie Clancy Summer School
4–10 July 2021

Dé Domhnaigh 4ú Iúil (Sunday 4th July) 
11.00am: Aifreann i nGaeilge le Cór Chúil Aodha agus á chraoladh beo ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Seán Ó Riada Mass broadcast live from Coolea. 

7.00pm: Muinntir an h-Alba: Concert of music and song from Gaelic Scotland, featuring Maighread Stiùbhart, Murdo MacDonald, Ewen Henderson, Iain MacFarlane, Ingrid Henderson, Calum Alex MacMillan, Allan MacDonald, Allan Henderson. Air a thaisbeanadh le Maighread Stiùbhart, noted Gaelic singer and lecturer in Scottish Gaelic Studies. Pre-recorded. 

Dé Luain 5ú Iúil (Monday 5th July) 
11.00am—12.30pm: Online Tuition 

7.00pm: ‘All the Ways to Galway’: an overview of traditional music from East Galway and its distinctive soundscape. 
Presented by Claire Keville, musician, composer and researcher in traditional music, and featuring selected musicians and recordings. Among those participating are Frankie Gavin, Máirín Fahy, Maeve Donnelly, Seán Moloney, Charlie Harris, Greg Cotter, John Weir and Pádraic MacDhonnacha. Pre-recorded. 

Dé Máirt 6ú Iúil (Tuesday 6th July) 
11.00am—12.30pm: Online Tuition

7.00pm: Omós do Johnny Mháirtín Learaí MacDonnchadha. Film documentary on the life and art of the renowned sean-nós singer from Conamara. Produced by RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in association with Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy. 

Dé Céadaoin 7ú Iúil (Wed 7th July) 
11.00am—12.30pm: Online Tuition

7.00pm: Uilleann Piping Recital presented by Na Píobairí Uilleann and featuring Jimmy O’Brien Moran, Pádraic Keane, Mickey Dunne, Claire Fennell, Éanna Drury, Mikie Smyth, Kevin Rowsome, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn and a Scholarship Recipient. Pre-recorded. 

Déardaoin 8ú Iúil (Thurs 8th July)
11.00am—12.30pm: Online Tuition 

7.00pm: TURAS-Éire Fhíorúil sa Cheol /Virtual Ireland in Music. An audio-visual concert of Irish traditional music, song and dance from all thirty two counties and diaspora areas. Featuring Fintan Vallely, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin, Gerry O’Connor, Sibéal Davitt, Karan Casey, Máire Ní Cholim, Róisín Chambers, Róisín White and Séamus O’Kane. Pre-recorded. 

Dé hAoine 9ú Iúil (Friday 9th July) 
11.00am—12.30pm: Online Tuition

7.00pm: Traditional Singing Recital with Gráinne Cotter, Caitlín Ní Chualáin, Rosie Stewart, Jerry O’Reilly, Brian Ó Domhnaill,  Cathal Ó Riada, Éamonn Ó Donnchadha, Páidí Mhárthain MacGearailt, Seán Garvey. Á chur i láithair le Brian Mullen agus Ciarán Ó Gealbháin. Pre-recorded. 

Dé Sathairn 10ú Iúil (Saturday 10th July) 
3.00pm: ‘Who feared not the might of the foe’: songs and poems of the Irish War of Independence 1919-1921. Presented by Francy Devine, historian of the Irish labour movement, and Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, historian of the Irish revolutionary period. Amongst those participating are Padraig Ó Nualláin, Noel Kelly, Éibhlís Ní Riordáin, Deirdre Ní Dorchaí, Micheál MacDonncha, Peadar Cleary, Aodán Ó Ceallaigh, Pádraig Varian, Vincent Doherty, Daoirí Farrell, Stephen Connor and Tim Dennehy. 

7.00pm: Ceolchoirm Chuimhneacháin Mhuiris Uí Rócháin / Muiris Ó Rócháin Memorial Concert. Láithreoir: Muireann Ní Dhuigneáin. (See Concert poster for details). Pre-recorded. 


Online Tuition: 11.00am-12.30pm : Monday 5th to Friday 9th July 2021 Instrumental Tutors 

Uilleann Pipes: Colm Broderick, Joe Doyle, Tom Clarke, Mickey Dunne, Kevin Rowsome, Nollaig MacCarthaigh, Gay McKeon, Mikie Smyth, Emmett Gill, Tiarnán Ó Duincinn, Mick O’Brien, Jimmy O’Brien-Moran, Mark Redmond, Leo Rickard, Louise Mulcahy, Máire Ní Ghrada, Maitiú Ó Casaide, Eanna Drury, Pádraic Keane, Joseph Byrne, Pádraig Mac Aodhagáin, Claire Fennell, Caoimhín Ó Feraghail, Peter Browne (Slow Airs Workshops), Dave Hegarty and Jim Wenham (Reed-Making Workshops). NPU Staff: Fionntan Byrne, Anne Marie Bell, Clara Doose Grunefeld. Email: info [at] 

Whistle: Majella O’ Beirne, Anne Sheehy, Francis O’Connor, Bríd O’Donoghue, Geraldine Cotter, Seán Ryan, Mary Bergin, Roisín Nic Dhonnacha, Cillian Boyd, Marian McCarthy, Christy Barry. 

Flute: Paul McGrattan, Fintan Vallely, Barry Conaty, Louise Mulcahy, John Wynne, Tara Diamond, Conal Ó Gráda, Eibhlin de Paor, Geraldine MacNamara, Éamon Cotter, Marchas Ó Murchú, Catherine McEvoy, Aoife Granville. 

Fiddle: John Kelly, Éamon McGivney, Áine O’Connell, Anne Rynne, Zoe Conway, Aoife O’Keeffe, Bernadette McCarthy, Ciarán Ó Maoinaigh, Claire Egan, Connie O’ Connell, Darach O’ Connor, David Doocey, Denis Liddy, Dermy Diamond, Gerry O’Connor, James Kelly, Jesse Smith, Joan Hanrahan, John Joe Tuttle, John McEvoy, Johnny Kelly, Martin Dowling, Máire O’ Keeffe, Nickey McAuliffe, Oisín MacDiarmada, Pat Mullens, Paul Bradley, Séamus Glackin, Siobhán Peoples, Tara Breen, Therese McInerney, Donal O’Connor, Yvonne Casey, Joe Toolan. 

Concertina: Noel Hill, Francis Cunningham, Jackie McCarthy, Jack Talty, Sorcha Curtin, Roisin Broderick, Michelle O’Sullivan, Caoilfhinn Ní Frighil, Liam O’Brien, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Hugh Healy, Edel Fox, Cormac Begley, Lorraine O’Brien, Michelle Mulcahy, Aoife Kelly, Aoife Ní hArgáin. 

Button Accordion & Melodeon: Joe Searson, Paudie O’Connor, Martin Donohue, Diarmuid Ó Meachair, Nuala Hehir, Josephine Marsh, Conor Connolly, Michael Searson, Johnny Óg Connolly,
Bryan O’Leary. 

Banjo: Muireann Banks, Theresa O’Grady, Josh O’Loughlin, George MacAdam, Joanne O’Connor, Elaine O’Reilly, Brian Mooney, Keith O’Loughlin, Adrian McAuliffe, Brian Scahill. 

Harmonica: Mick Kinsella, Rick Epping.

Harp: Kathleen Loughnane, Gráinne Hambly, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Cormac de Barra, Aisling Lyons, Ùna Ní Fhlannagáin. 

Dance Workshops: 
Old-Style Step Dancing: Noel Devery - 5 Workshops.
Maureen O’Reilly - 4 Workshops plus 1 masterclass by guest tutor Aidan Vaughan.
Conamara Sean-Nós Dance: Mairéad Casey - 5 Workshops. 

Traditional Singing: moderated by Brian Mullen and Ciarán Ó Geallbáin. 
These workshops examine the historical and cultural contexts of the English and Irish language song traditions. There will be demonstrations of techniques, styles and regional variations from noted performers. Group discussion is encouraged. 

Dúchas an Cheoil / The Scope of Irish Music: Moderated by Paddy Glackin and Cathal Goan. 
These workshops examine the history and evolution of Irish traditional, music, song and dance. Guest performers will illustrate various aspects of the musical heritage. Group discussion is encouraged. This course is accredited through the Blas International Summer School of Irish traditional music and dance at the University of Limerick. For details contact Director Pamela Cotter at Pamela.Cotter [at]

Registration Fee: €60 for week’s tuition and a fee of €10 to view any one of the 8 afternoon and evening events on offer in the programme. 

All classes and events online and places are limited in instrumental classes, the singing course and Dúchas an Cheoil Course. 

Instrumental Classes: Max 10 per class.
Singing Course: Max 20 on the course
Dúchas an Cheoil: Max 20 on the course.
Old-Style Step Dancing & Conamara Sean-Nós Dance: Not limited. Register through Eventbrite. 

Please register your instrument and level of proficiency - Novice, Intermediate, Advanced - through Eventbrite. Levels do not apply in the non-instrumental courses and classes but you must register through Eventbrite. 

Piping students must contact Na Piobairí Uilleann. Contact: info [at] 

For information on viewing afternoon and evening events, see our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Email: scoilwclancy73 [at]

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