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2nd May - 5th May 2014
2 Bealtaine - 5 Bealtaine 2014

Tutors / Special Guests
Teagascóirí / Na hAíonna

Na hAíonna agus Teagascóirí
Special Guests and Teachers

Carmel Commins

Born and reared in England of Co. Mayo parents, Carmel has been heavily involved in Traditional Music in the English Midlands. She has played in successful Céilí bands and is a highly regarded music teacher at various festivals, among them at "Scoil Éigse" Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

John Blake

John is a traditional Irish flute player, guitarist, pianist, producer and sound engineer. An ex member of traditional group Téada, John has performed and recorded with the cream of Irish musicians. Born and reared in London, John was immersed in the vibrant Irish music scene there and was taught by famed teacher Brendan Mulkere. He moved to Ireland in 1998.

Muireann Banks

Muireann is a young, talented banjo player from a musical family in Dublin. An active teacher and member of Beaumont CCÉ, she has also taught at "Scoil Éigse" at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Scoil Shamhraidh Willie Clancy and "La Rencontre Musicale Irlandaise" in France.

Ciarán O'Grady

England born, Kildare resident, Ciarán is an outstanding concertina player. He is well known for his creativity in concertina workshops. From a very musical family, siblings, James (Uileann Pipes and fiddle) and Theresa (Banjo) have previously taught at Féile Chois Cuain. Ciaran is releasing a long-awaited duet album later in the year with his wife, Aifric Boylan (fiddle).

Colm O'Donnell

Colm is a very versatile traditional artist. The Sligo native plays a number of instruments excellently and has won All-Irelands as an instrumentalist as well as for traditional singing and lilting. A member of "The Border Collies" group and an experienced teacher.

Máire Ní Choilm

Amhránaí agus múinteoir sean-nóis den chéad scoth as Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Dún na Gall, í Máire. Tá mórán duaiseanna bainte amach aici mar amhránaí ar an sean-nós, ina measc duaiseanna ag Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann agus an Fhéile Idirnáisiúnta Phan-Cheilteach. She recorded her first solo CD "Nuair A Théid Sé Fán Chroí" in 2010.

Patsy Moloney

Limerick native Patsy has been immersed in the traditional music scene in the English Midlands, where he now lives, for many years. An All-Ireland champion in 1977 he is a great session player and teacher Soon to release a very much anticipated and long overdue CD.

Tara Breen

From Co. Clare, Tara, among her many other successes over the years, won the All-Ireland fiddle title in 2011 and was a member of the Awbeg Céilí Band which won the All-Ireland title in 2012. Apart from her virtuosity on Fiddle she also plays Flute, Piccolo and Saxophone outstandingly well. She is an experienced music teacher.

John Burke

Born and still living in England, John is an excellent music teacher and like his wife Carmel Commins is a mainstay of the tradition in the English midlands. Well known and highly regarded tutor and session player at far flung festivals and a regular tutor at Scoil Éigse, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Angela Deane

Ceoltóir den scoth, is ó Gaoth Sáile i gContae Mhaigh Eo í Angela. From a very musical family, she is a hugely talented and exciting tin-whistle player. She has few peers on her chosen instrument and has carved out an enviable reputation for her mastery of the whistle.

Laoise Kelly

Laoise is regarded among the most significant harpers of her generation. She has earned every honour available including the All-Ireland senior Harp title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. From Westport, Co. Mayo she has several acclaimed recordings to her credit. Her reinterpretation of O'Carolan's music is truly magnificent.

Jillian O'Malley

Bean óg áitiúil a bhfuil cliú agas cáil bainte amach aici. Winner of senior All-Irelands on Flute, Tin-whistle and Flute Slow Airs at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013. She currently teaches music and holds junior and senior level TTCT, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, music teaching qualification.

Edwina Guckian

Leitrim girl Edwina teaches sean-nós and set-dancing in Co. Leitrim and the Midlands and at Festivals throughout the country. A finalist in last years "Rose of Tralee Festival. She will include a segment of sean-nós dancing in her class.

John Regan

John is regarded as one of the best accordion players of his time. Sligo born and Dublin based, he has nurtured and influenced many outstanding young musicians - including his own very talented family. He has a magnificent album, The Slopes of Benbulben, to his credit and is an experienced and highly regarded teacher.

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Enquiries to

Michael O'Grady
Tel: + 353 (0) 98 66276
Mobile + 353 (0) 87 2412511
Email: feilechoiscuain@yahoo.com

Kitty O'Malley
Tel: + 353 (0) 98 66281
Mobile + 353 (0) 86 3985163
Email: kittyomalley@eircom.net

 

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