Monday 20 August 2018

South Sligo Summer School success

Streets come alive to the playing, singing and lilting of trad musicians and performers

The whole of South Sligo got a lift both musically and financially from the annual Summer School held in Tubbercurry last week, which saw thousands of trad music lovers visit the area to play and enjoy music.

Organiser Seana Haughey told The Sligo Champion that turnout for the event was "very healthy" and a "great mix of both returning and new visitors."

"They came from all over Ireland and we had good local interest from all around Connacht. We got an awful lot of positive feedback," she said.

One of the highlights was the Tribute Concert to the Kearins family of Cian, Caoimhe and Fionnuala from Collooney who play, sing and lilt.

The Donny Nolan Céilí got the best reception among set dancers while on Wednesday the Darty Céilí Band also impressed. Tutors Fiona Doherty and Michael Hurley led the 'slow and steady' practice sessions for adults, "to encourage people" as well as tutoring mixed instruments classes for adults.

Young Eimear Mulvey from Geevagh also led her first open-air brush dancing class in the Square last Friday.

Sligo Champion