Cloughjordan Festival Summer School of Music Programme Announced

At a time when most services and organisations are making cuts, the Cloughjordan Festival, which takes place from Thursday, 24 June to Sat, 3 July, has doubled in length from five days to ten and has significantly increased the number of events. One of the most exciting developments is the Cloughjordan Festival Summer School of Music.

The Cloughjordan Festival Summer School of Music gives adults and children a chance to develop their musical skills in a lively but relaxed environment with experienced, enthusiastic teachers. Featuring five days of classes for beginning and intermediate students from Monday, 28 June to Friday, 2 July, the summer school will wrap up with a Grúpa Cheoil performance suitable for all students, including beginners, on Saturday, 3 July. There will also be sessions every night during the summer school.

Beginning and intermediate classes are available in banjo and mandolin, button accordion, concertina, fiddle, flute, guitar, piano/keyboard, and tin whistle. The programme has been developed with the assistance of members of Roscrea Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. In addition to giving individuals the opportunity to get started or improve on a traditional instrument, the Cloughjordan Festival Summer School of Music gives local musicians an opportunity to showcase their own skills and make links with other musicians.

Tuition for the week costs €70 per person, and if there is more than one student per family, tuition is €60 per person. There is also a special children’s half session in beginning guitar that costs €35.

To book a place at the Cloughjordan Festival Summer School of Music, ring Suzanne O’Brien on 086 8105319. For full programme details for the 2010 Cloughjordan Festival, visit

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