Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy festival july4th -july 12th 2015

Willie Clancy Festival
Saturday July 4th to Sunday July 12th 2015
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is a week-long summer school in traditional music and set dance held annually in Miltown Malbay, County Clare. The first and biggest of such events, it commemorates the town's best-known uilleann piper, Willie Clancy, and has been running since just after his death in 1973.
The idea was initiated by Clancy himself, and implemented within six months by teacher Muiris Ó Rócháin in collaboration with CCE's timire ceoil Séamus Mac Mathúna and local musicians Martin Talty, Paddy Joe McMahon and Junior Crehan. In its fleadh-style volume of music-making in bars, on the streets even on the beach, it has become something of a Mecca in the music, its retinue of up to a hundred and fifty teachers, and hundreds of improving and competent musicians, dancers and singers drawing in thousands of listeners.
The school addresses the cultural and intellectual side of traditional music by the inclusion of daily workshops on singing and the tradition, afternoon lectures and evening recitals. Scores of impromptu sessions accompany these organised activities, nightly set dance and céilis complement a routine of morning classes given by top players on uilleann pipes, flute, tin whistle, concertina, fiddle, button accordion and set dancing. [Classes in harp, banjo and harmonica have been added in recent years.] 
The 43rd Summer School will take place between Saturday July 4th and Sunday July 12th 2015 with instrument and dance classes, lectures, workshops, recitals and céilithe all through the week.
Many Comeraghs Comhaltas members have been attending this festival for many years and wouldn't miss it for anything! If you're interested in finding out more or maybe even going, contact Valerie O'Gorman or Michael Marrinan. You can also check out the festival by visiting - - The Willie Clancy Summer School official website. Happy holidays!

About Us

Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach is dedicated to the promotion of all forms of traditional Irish culture. The group's particular emphasis is education of the young generation. We are based in the townsland of Cúl na Smear in the smallest parish in Waterford about 6 miles North-East of Dungarvan.

Contact Details

Comeraghs Comhaltas 
Craobh na gComarach

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Tel: 087 9898363