Willie Clancy Summer School 2013

Willie Clancy Summer School 2013

The 41st Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy (Willie Clancy Summer School) takes place in MiItown Malbay, Co. Clare, from 6 to 14 July. See below for full details:


  • 2–6pm Clárú/Registration at Community Centre, Miltown Malbay
  • 8pm Oscailt Oifigiúil/Official Opening by Orlaith McBride, Stiúrthóir, An Chomhairle Ealaíon / Director, The Arts Council
  • 8.30pm Breandán Breathnach Memorial Lecture: The Harp That Once Now Dances a Jig: The Irish Harp 1900-2010. Dr Helen Lawlor, author and lecturer in Irish music, ethnomusicology and music education, Dundalk Institute of Technology.
  • 9.30pm Céilithe at Mill Marquee, GAA grounds, Miltown Malbay & Quilty Tavern, Quilty. 


  • 10am Aifreann i nGaeilge (Mass in Irish) at St Joseph’s Church, Miltown Malbay. 
  • 3pm Musical Tribute at Willie Clancy’s Grave
  • 7–9pm Registration at Community Centre
  • 8pm Éirinn is Alba. A concert celebrating the links between Gaelic Scotland and Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy agus á chraoladh beo ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.


  • 9am Registration at Community Centre and the various centres
  • 10am–1pm Classes & Workshops
  • 3pm Lecture: Who Dares to Wear the Red Hand Badge: Songs and Poetry of the 1913 Dublin Lockout. Francis Devine, trade union activist, historian, poet and singer. 
  • 5pm Harp Recital at Mill Marquee, with Laoise Kelly, Kathleen Loughnane, Cormac De Barra, Paul Dooley, Gráinne Hambley, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Helen Lawlor and guest performers.
  • 8pm Fiddle Recital at Community Centre, with John Kelly, Martin Hayes, James Kelly, Tommy Peoples, Ben Lennon, Connie O’Connell, Tony Linnane, Nicholas McAuliffe, Mick Conneely, Anne Rynne, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Oisín Mac Diarmada, Antóin MacGabhann, Joan Hanrahan, Siobhán Peoples, Liam O’Connor, Leah Kelly, David Doocey, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Máire O’Keeffe, Joe Rynne, Tara Breen, Dermey Diamond, Áine O’Connell, John McEvoy, Darach O’Connor, Michael Kelleher, Donal O’Connor, Jessie Smith, Kevin Glackin, Peadar Ó Lochlainn, Denis Liddy, Martin Dowling, Bernadette McCarthy, Gerry O’Connor, Matt Cranitch, Aoife O’Connor and Therese McInerney.


  • 10am–1pm Classes and Workshops 
  • 3pm A Tribute to Clare Musician and Singer, Michael Falsey. Musicians, singers, dancers and friends of Michael will participate. Presented by Mick O’Connor, musician and researcher in traditional music history. 
  • 8pm Whistle and Flute Recital at Community Centre, with Mick Hand, Christy Barry, Paul McGrattan, John Wynne, Conal Ó Gráda, Patsy Haney, Seán Potts, Anne Sheehy, Fintan Vallely, Mick Crehan, Bríd O’Donohue, Billy Clifford, Róisín Nic Dhonncha, Seán Ryan, Tara Diamond, Louise Mulcahy, Eamon Cotter, Mick O’Connor, Francis O’Connor, Marcus Ó Murchú, Marion McCarthy, Maureen McGrattan, Eibhlín de Paor, Ciarán Somers, Adrian McCarron, Catherine McEvoy, Geraldine Cotter, Peter Phelan, Aoife Granville, Gavin Whelan and Majella O’Beirne.


  • 10am–1pm Classes and Workshops 
  • 3pm Lecture: A West Clare legacy: An Exploration of the Rhythms and Unique Accent of West Clare Fiddle Music. Dr Máire O’Keeffe, musician, author and traditional music historian. 
  • 5–10pm Banjo Recital at Mill Marquee, with Kieran Hanrahan, Joanne O’Connor, Theresa O’Grady, Muireann Banks, Ted Kelly, Gavin Strappe, Brian Scahill, Adrian McAuliffe and guest performers. 
  • 8pm Piping Recital at Community Centre, with Nollaig Mac Carthaigh, Peter Browne, Sheila Friel, Dave Hegarty, Séamus Ó Rócháin, Leo Rickard, Banba Fitzgerald and Cormac Cannon.


  • 10am-1pm Classes and Workshops 
  • 2pm Lecture: Joe Cooley and the Early Tulla Céilí Band. Dr Charlie Piggott, musician, founder member of the group Dé Danann, and researcher in food science at the University of Limerick. 
  • 4pm Button Accordion Recital at Community Centre, with Joe Burke, Jackie Daly, Anne Conroy, Charlie Harris, Breanndán Ó Beaglaíoch, Conor Keane, Josephine Marsh, Joe Searson, Colm Gannon, Johnny Connolly and guest performers. 
  • 8pm Old-Style Step Dancing, Sean-Nós Dance and Set Dancing Exhibition at Community Centre, with Michael Tubridy, Brooks Academy, Mary Clancy, Paddy Neylon, Aidan Vaughan, Betty McCoy, Mick Mulkerrin, Mairéad Casey, Timmy McCarthy, Margaret Wray, Patrick O’Dea, Noel Devery and guest performers.


  • 10am-1pm Classes and Workshops 
  • 3pm Traditional Singing Recital (in Irish & English) at Community Centre, with Pól Ó Ceannabháin, Jerry O’Reilly, Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaíoch, John Flanagan, Tony Mac Ruairí, Eoiní Maidhcí Ó Súilleabháin, Róisín White, Martin Burke, Nan Tom Teaimín de Búrca, Mike Flynn, Seán Breen and guest performers. 
  • 5–7pm Harmonica Recital at Mill Marquee, with Mick Kinsella, Rick Epping, John and Pip Murphy, Johnny Hehir, and guest performers. 
  • 8pm Concertina Recital at Community Centre, with Noel Hill, Timmy Collins, Lorraine O’Brien, Caitlín Nic Ghabhann, Cormac Begley, Edel Fox, Dympna O’Sullivan, Jack Talty, Michelle Mulcahy, Hugh Healy, Claire Keville, Aoife Kelly, Katie O’Sullivan, Jackie McCarthy, Mary MacNamara and guest performers.


  • 10am-1pm Classes and Workshops 
  • 7–10.30pm Ceolchoirm Mhór. Grand concluding concert with leading traditional artists. Presented by Muireann Ní Dhuigneáin


  • 10am Aifreann i nGaeilge le Cór Chúil Aodha (Seán Ó Riada Mass with Cúil Aodha Choir), at St Joseph’s Church, Miltown Malbay


Published on 9 March 2013

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