Workshop to kickstart three-year music project
Youghal Comhaltas has announced a new weekend workshop music programme conducted by some of the country’s most accomplished tutors.
The programme, which commences on Friday, November 30, is a three-year development plan, under Cork County Council’s Creative Communities 2018/19 initiative.
The group will compose new suites of music and develop new techniques on instruments such as banjo, fiddle, and accordion.
The initial weekend will feature Kerry banjo player Dr Daithí Kearney, joined by Dublin button accordion player Joanne Cusack, and Donegal fiddle player and singer Ellie Nic Fhionnghaille.
Dr Kearney is a music lecturer and co-director of the Centre for Creative Arts Research at Dundalk Institute of (DkIT). He regularly works with Youghal Comhaltas.
Ms Cusack, meanwhile, has toured internationally with various groups and is a prominent member of the Fair Plé Irish traditional music movement.
Ms Nic Fhionnghaille is a member of internationally renowned choral group Anún and is a teacher with Dublin’s Ceoltóirí Cluain Tarbh. At DkIT, she is working on a PhD on ‘women in music in Donegal’.
Youghal Comhaltas chairman, Micheal de Buitléir, said the guest tutors will team up, on the opening Friday, with local teachers.
Together, they will work with various youth performing groups at Comhaltas’s Brú na Sí headquarters. The following day, the tutors will facilitate instrument workshops on banjo, accordion, and fiddle to develop technique and ornamentation.
The sessions will be folTechnology lowed by a first exploration of a new suite of music composed by Dr Kearney. Funded by Cork County Council, the piece is inspired by Youghal.
In a further aspect, Brú na Sí will provide older people in the community with an opportunity to share their stories and these may be incorporated into the new composition.
Mr de Buitléir says the workshops will ensure the continued high standards of performance, not only for its popular Seisiún Ceolta Si summer shows, but for a range of other activities and performances in which they participate.
Future workshops will cover flute, concertina, dance, singing and stagecraft.
Meanwhile, the group has been invited to perform at next year’s All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, in Drogheda, and to also feature in the Ironman Cork performances in Youghal, next June.
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