South Sligo Summer School 2017

South Sligo Summer School will be held 9th – 15th July 2017 already preparations are beginning to make this years Summer School bigger & better.

Christmas Swing

Established in 1987, the South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song & Dance is held annually in Tubbercurry during the second week in July. The official opening takes place on the evening of the second Sunday in July and there follows a packed programme of formal & informal events for the week, including masterclasses, a broad range of classes, workshops, interactive talks as well as nightly ceilis, concerts and informal music sessions. Participants at the South Sligo Summer School can expect excellent tuition in traditional music, singing and dance. Class sizes are kept small and are graded.

A packed programme of events also includes nightly ceilis in St. Brigid’s Hall and concerts featuring tutors, local musicians playing in the South Sligo Style, and visiting singers and musicians. Afternoons are equally busy with masterclasses, sean nos dancing workshops in St. Brigid’s Hall and informal practice sessions led by summer school tutors.

Visitors to Tubbercurry during the week of the South Sligo Summer School can expect to hear the very finest traditional music and to take away musical memories to last a lifetime.

The entire area surrounding Tubbercurry is a mecca for traditional musicians and the scenic landscape of South Sligo is an added attraction for visitors to the South Sligo Summer School with a whole range of outdoor pursuits for them to partake in during their stay.

Irish Music Classes – Traditional instruments taught include fiddle, flute, tinwhistle, harp, concertina, uilleann pipes, banjo, button accordion, traditional guitar and bodhran. Workshops in sean nos singing, lilting and traditional singing are extremely popular.

Irish Dance Classes and Ceilis – Set and sean nos dancing workshops are held each morning and afternoon respectively.  Nightly ceilis with different bands every night and Irish Music Recitals.

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Western Drama Festival 2017

All Ireland Drama Finals (Confined)

The Western Drama Festival is hosting the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals in St Brigids Hall Theatre from Friday 21st to Saturday 29th April. Booking for the Finals is being handled by the Hawks Well Theatre. Season tickets and individual night tickets are now available and selling fast. Phone the Hawks Well at 071 9161518.

The Western Drama Festival committee have recently launched a web site for the Finals. The site will be continually updated. To log in go to www.westerndramafestival.com
The nine groups who have achieved the highest nomination points at Drama Festivals throughout the 32 counties during  February and March will compete at the Finals for All Ireland Honours.

Large numbers off drama enthusiasts will converge on the town during this time. It will be the third occasion on which the Western Drama Festival have been awarded the Finals by the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland, a very distinctive honour indeed for this historic festival.