ISLAND SUMMER SCHOOL Scoil Acla Achill Island scoilacla.ie
This week-long summer school embraces not just traditional music, but many things cultural, including creative writing courses and Irish language classes where the emphasis is on the Achill dialect. Music tutors include harpist Laoise Kelly and concertina player Jacqueline McCarthy, as well as piper Mick O’Brien and many others. Concertina player Edel Fox is this year’s musician in residence, so there will be a healthy emphasis on the music of Clare this year. St Thomas’s Church in Dú Ghoirt will host the weekend’s headline music recital where all of the musicians delivering workshops will perform, along with many locals. Island life at its best.