Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

Sunday, 17 December 2023, 9.30pm

The television series Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is set to start on TG4 on 26th November at 9.30 pm. Filmed in the town of Miltown Malbay in July 2023, this series is a celebration of Irish traditional music, offering a blend of performances and insightful conversations.

Now in its 51st year, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy has established itself as an iconic event in the Irish music calendar, attracting a global audience to the small town of Miltown Malbay.

Across four episodes, viewers will be treated to an array of musical and dancing talents.

In episode one on November 26th, we meet TG4 young musician of the year Méabh Smyth and her sister Aoife, Clare concertina player Aidan Quigney, a rare flute performance from Michael Flatley & Matt Molloy, and legendary whistle player Mary Bergin who was honoured for her lifelong contribution to the tradition at the 2023 summer school.

In episode two on December 3rd, we meet local concertina player Caoilfhionn Ní Fhrighil and hear from members of the Tulla Ceilí Band who later perform at a packed-out céilí. This episode also features music from Aoife Ní Bhriain and Caoimhín Ó Fearghail and Scottish musicians Brighde Chaimbeul & Fin Moore.

In episode three on the 10th December, we meet Julie Langan and her family who join other friends for a few tunes in their mobile home in Spanish Point. US harmonica and concertina player Rick Epping joins his great friend Cathy Jordan for some songs and tunes and James Keane, Mick O’Connor and John Kelly remember their dear brother and friend Séan Keane.

In episode 4 on the 17th December, we meet the Browne family of musicians and sean nós dancers from nearby village Cree, Co. Clare and Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha who is busy presenting her daily radio show on Raidió na Gaeltachta. We also meet local uilleann pipe maker Derrick Gleeson and members of the Begley family who remember their father and uncle, Séamus Begley.

Produced and directed by Edel Fox for Tyrone Productions, the series offers viewers an authentic immersion into the world of Irish traditional music.

Tune in to TG4 on Sunday nights at 9.30pm for Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy. Visit www.tg4.ie.

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Published by Journal of Music on 18 November 2023

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