Instrument workshops

Sunday 9th February
10:00 – 12:30
Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh

Please note: all workshops are intermediate & advanced level.


June McCormack comes from Ballintogher, Co. Sligo. In 1998, June was presented with the young traditional musician of the year award by TG4. A primary school teacher by profession, June has published two flute tutorial books in recent years, Fliúit (2006) and Fliúit 2 (2009). She has recorded two CDs with Michael Rooney; 'Draíocht' (2004) and 'Land's End' (2006).

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MacDara Ó Raghallaigh’s fiddle playing is often described as ‘brilliant’, ‘amazing’, ‘top-class’. These accolades indeed fit well as MacDara has earned a reputation as one of Ireland’s outstanding fiddle players. His playing style is highly individual, personal and deeply rooted in the pure tradition. What strikes you is the personality and flair in the music and the driving rhythm and pulse that is delivered by a powerful fluid bow hand.

Oisín Mac Diarmada began playing fiddle in Clare at a young age. After moving to Sligo in 1989, he developing a deep interest in the playing style of the Sligo region. Founder of the group Téada in 2001, Oisín is also a regular solo performer and teacher.

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Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh is a concertina player and recording artist residing in County Meath, Ireland. He has been a member of the band Providence, along with Paul Doyle (vocals, guitar, and Irish bouzouki), Troy Bannon (Irish flute), Cyril O'Donoghue (vocals, Irish bouzouki, guitar), and Michelle O'Brien (violin). He plays with the Táin & Naomh Pádraig Céilí Bands, and has released 2 solo albums.

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Button Accordion

Danny O’Mahony is a traditional musician from Ballyduff in North County Kerry. He grew up playing music with the older generation of musicians in his locality. His late father Mick had a very positive influence on Danny as a young child and nurtured his keen ear and interest in traditional Irish music. Both imaginative and fearless in his interpretation, Danny’s musical style is expressive and deeply personal, and reflects his affinity with the music of past masters.

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Alannah Thornburgh is a harpist from Co. Mayo. In 2016, she graduated from Maynooth University with a degree in Music and English, majoring in performance, and was awarded with the 'Music Class Prize' for obtaining the best results in her class. Alannah has toured Ireland, America, and parts of Europe and is an All-Ireland champion in solo and group settings. Alannah is a member of the band Alfi, a fresh new trio who combine Irish traditional and Appalachian music and song to produce a unique and tasteful sound. Alfi were the winners of the Caoimhin O Dochartaigh stage at Imbolc International Festival in 2019. They released their debut EP Wolves in the Woods in May following the release with a successful tour around Ireland and the UK.

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George McAdam is a tenor banjo player from Ballybay in Co. Monaghan. Having started playing the banjo at a young age, he has won numerous junior and senior All-Ireland titles respectively. George is a much sought-after performer, recording artist and tutor at various summer schools and workshops throughout Ireland, the U.K., Europe and North America. He has performed on TG4, RTÉ, RTÉ Radio, Na Píobairí Uilleann’s monthly Session with the Pipers and is a regular performer at festivals throughout the country. He is currently based in Dublin where he is in high demand as music teacher.

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Kieran Munnelly is a young flute/whistle player and percussionist hailing from the West of Ireland and is a founding member of the David Munnelly band. Kieran released “In Safe Hands” with Aidan O Donnell (TG4 Young Musician of the Year 2010) to critical acclaim, and most recently recorded a flute trio album with Niall Keegan, Philippe Barnes and Piano player Ryan Molloy, under the group name Flunked. He continues to work on the live circuit with some of the freshest talent on the Celtic/folk/roots scene including Irish music band Project West. Despite basking amongst the success of today’s best known traditional musicians, Kieran has by no means reached the peak of his career. He will go on to influence a generation to follow.

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Uilleann pipes

Pádraig McGovern hails from Ballymagovern, a townland in the Cavan-Leitrim border area. He was taught by Belturbet piper P.J. Flood and heavily influenced by accordionist Vincent Tighe and the renowned researcher Fr. John Quinn. He has recorded with numerous artists over the past decade, including a duet album with Peter Carberry entitled ‘Forgotten Gems’ and more recently with the highly acclaimed band on their self-titled album ‘Garadice’. He has worked as a researcher/performer on many projects including ‘The Leitrim Equation 4’ project and the ‘The Pipes, The Pipes’, a show devised by Dónal Dineen and produced by Siobhán O’ Malley. He has also performed with many bands including Lúnasa, Dervish, Téada and Gatehouse.

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