The 7th Annual Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School takes place in Kilmovee, County Mayo from July 2nd to July 7th. This is a unique Summer School taking place in Kilmovee, a village which has been the source of some of the finest musicians down through the years. One of these, the world famous accordion and flute player Dermot Grogan will be remembered on Sunday 2nd July with an interactive talk by local broadcaster and historian Joe Byrne in 'Cois Tine' Heritage Centre, Kilmovee. This will be followed by a session with many musicians who played with Dermot down through the years and everyone is welcome.
Registration for classes takes place on Monday, 3rd July with classes available in all instruments, traditional singing, sean nós dancing and Gaeilge. Classes run in the Morning and Afternoon and designed so that you can take a class in your favourite instrument in the Morning and then a 2nd instrument, singing, dancing or Irish in the Afternoon. We also have a unique class - 'Le Chéile', which is a workshop for 15 to 18 year old musicians at an improver to advanced level. This class focuses on arranging music, song and dance and learning how to perform professionally with tutors Cian and Caoimhe Kearins.
This year's Official Opening takes place on Monday 3rd July at 8pm in the Kilmovee Community Centre with Gatehouse in Concert - a new traditional Irish band who primarily play music and song of Roscommon and North Connacht. They feature John Wynne, John and Jacinta McEvoy and Rachel Garvey. Gatehouse will be followed by the monthly 'Cois Tine' Heritage Night when all local and visiting musicians, singers, dancers and story tellers are invited to join in.
The Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School offers access to the finest of tutors in the West of Ireland, in a friendly and relaxed community setting. This is all available at great value prices with a week's tuition just €55 for U18s. Kilmovee is famous not only for its music but for the great community spirit and welcome you will enjoy for the week at our Summer School. A highlight of the week are our nightly sessions which take place locally in Charlestown, Kilmovee, Kilkelly and Brusna, where everyone gets a chance to perform with our tutors.
All events during the Summer School are FREE to attend so please join us for a fantastic week of music, song, dance and Gaeilge which will finish with the Closing Concert featuring Tutors and Pupils in Kilmovee Community Centre on Friday night, 7th July, starting at 7pm. Bígí Linn!