Saturday 20 January 2018

Centre aims to keep us in tune with Coleman's work

Eleanor Kennedy

Ceoláras Coleman is part of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann's Programme for the Development of the Traditional Arts.

It is based in Gurteen, Co. Sligo, and also acts as the regional resource centre for counties Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim and Fermanagh.

Since its establishment, the centre's main aim is to preserve and develop the south Sligo style of traditional music while also honouring the centre's namesake, fiddler Michael Coleman.

The centre also hosts Coleman School of Music and its various programmes attract traditional musicians from all over Ireland.

Among the centre's facilities is a 150-seat theatre that regularly hosts concerts and shows, most notably by the centre's resident band Ceoltóirí Coleman.

The venue also hosts exhibitions and has been preserving its archival collection since 1994.

Still reeling in the years at Teach Morrison

The James Morrison Teach Cheoil was officially opened in Riverstown, Co. Sligo, in May 2011 by then Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs, Dinny McGinley.

The cottage exists to commemorate the great fiddler as well as all the other well-known traditional musicians from the south Sligo area.

Teach Morrison is fully affiliated with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí éireann and every year it hosts the James Morrison Traditional Music festival.

Today, it also hosts music, dance and singing lessons as well as various sessions, while Morrison's traditional legacy is also on show through archival material.

This year sees the 23rd annual James Morrison festival take place in Riverstown.

Last year, musicians from Ireland and the US gathered over the August Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the great Sligo man.

One was Veronica McNamara from New Jersey, one of the last surviving pupils of Morrison.

Irish Independent

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