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The School of Performing Arts, a partnership between Holland College and Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA), cordially invites you to join us on beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada, for a weekend of traditional Irish music, language, and dance workshops.

The inaugural Slógadh Irish Weekend, which runs from Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17, 2020, promises to be a rich and exciting experience. World class instructors direct from Ireland will guide you in your area of interest, and all participants will enjoy traditional music sessions, an evening concert, and a wrap-up céilí! 

For more information about the Slógadh Irish Weekend, contact Liam Corcoran at ldcorcoran@hollandcollege.com.

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The Slógadh Irish Weekend was developed with support from the Holland College President's Innovation Fund

Each two-day workshop includes a total of eight hours of teaching time as well as music sessions, a Saturday evening concert, morning coffee sessions, and a traditional Irish céilí and set dancing class.

In order to ensure that each participant gets as much as possible out of the workshops, the number of participants is limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Fiddle Instruction: $150 CAD + $10.15 CAD Eventbrite fee

Uilleann Pipes/Tin Whistle Instruction: $150 CAD + $10.15 CAD Eventbrite fee

Concertina Instruction: $150 CAD + $10.15 CAD Eventbrite fee

Irish Language Study (advanced)*: $140 CAD + $9.54 CAD Eventbrite fee

Irish Language Study (intermediate)*: $140 CAD + $9.54 CAD Eventbrite fee

*Irish Language Study fees include Saturday night's Dinnéar Gaelach @ The Old Triangle

Siobhán Peoples - Fiddle

Siobhán was born in County Clare, and is widely known as an accomplished fiddle player, a teacher, and a composer. For many musical tourists, to hear her play in sessions around town is the highlight of their trip to Ennis. With the recent release of a duet album Time On Our Hands with accordion player Murty Ryan, many more people have the pleasure of hearing her play.

Siobhán is from a musical family. She is the daughter of the legendary Tommy Peoples, and granddaughter (on her mother’s side) of Kitty Linnane, the piano player with the storied Kilfenora Ceili Band. She may be a Clarewoman, but Siobhán is also heir to a peerless Donegal fiddling tradition. The precision and intricacy of her performances of both Clare and Northern music have made her one of our most sought-after fiddlers.

Siobhan lives and plays music in Ennis, County Clare. She is  is also fiddle tutor on the BA Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy.


Michael "Blackie" O’Connell – Uilleann Pipes

Michael has played the pipes from a young age. He was taught the uilleann pipes by the great Limerick piper Mickey Dunne, and was also influenced by players such as Paddy Keenan, Finbar Furey and Johnny Doran.

In 2010, Michael released the album We Were Drinking and Kissing the Ladies in collaboration with the renowned concertina player Hugh Healy to great critical acclaim. In 2014, he released Friars Green, a duet album with Cyril O’Donoghue.

Michael is regular guest of Na Píobairí Uilleann (Uilleann Pipes Association), and the William Kennedy Piping Festival. He teaches and performs at the annual Catskills Irish Arts Week in New York and the Doran Tionol, as well as being a full time tutor at the Irish World Academy of Music, University of Limerick.

He lives and plays at the heart of Irish music in County Clare. 


Gormlaith Maynes – Concertina

Gormlaith Maynes is from the port town of Drogheda in Co. Louth, Ireland. She completed her bachelor's degree in education in Dublin City University, and later earned a master's degree in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the University of Limerick.

Gormlaith is a multi-instumentalist, and has won many county and provincial titles. Since moving to P.E.I. in 2018, Gormlaith has lectured in the Irish Gaelic language at the University of Prince Edward Island and is the current Coordinator of Celtic and Traditional Music at Holland College. Her primary instrument is the concertina, which she plays with the local band Inn Echo. 


Órla Nic Thaidhg – Irish Language (intermediate)

Órla Nic Thaidhg is from Monaghan, Ireland and lectures in the Irish language at St. Mary's University, Halifax. Orla has a B.A. in Irish and music from NUI Maynooth, and a master's in Education Through the Medium of Irish from NUI Galway.

She has worked in secondary schools in Ireland and taught Irish and music at the University of Montana (Missoula) through the Fulbright programme in 2017/2018. Orla also has a passion for Irish traditional music, the fiddle being her main instrument.


Dean Farrell – Irish Language (advanced)

Dean is from Tallaght in Co. Dublin. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in French and Modern Irish, and has completed a master's degree in Modern Irish. He has a keen interest in literary criticism and modern literature. He is also interested in Irish and English folklore and poetry. Dean lectures in the Irish language at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

 

Download the program here. (Please note: this is a PDF and will open in a new window)

Friday, May 15


Traditional Irish Music Session & Pop-Up Gaeltacht  @ The Old Triangle

8 p.m. til late!
Hosted by Siobhán Peoples & Blackie O’Connell

Saturday, May 16


Maidin Caife (Morning Coffee) @ Holland College

9 to 9:30 a.m.
Hosted by Gormlaith Maynes

Instrumental Workshops & Irish Language Classes @ Holland College

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tutors Siobhán Peoples, Blackie O’Connell, Gormlaith Maynes, Órla Nic Thaidhg, Dean Farrell

Dinnéar Gaelach @ The Old Triangle

6 to 7:30 p.m.
Join us for dinner at The Old Triangle.
Please note: Irish Language Study fees include the Dinnéar Gaelach
Hosted by Gormlaith Maynes, Órla Nic Thaidhg & Dean Farrell

Download the menu here
Download the menu in Irish here.
(Please note: these documents are PDFs and will open in a new window)

Evening Concert @ the Florence Simmons Performance Hall

8 to 10 p.m.
Hosted by Siobhán Peoples & Blackie O’Connell

Sunday, May 17


Maidin Caife (Morning Coffee) @ Holland College

9 to 9:30 a.m.
Hosted by Gormlaith Maynes

Instrumental Workshops & Irish Language Classes @ Holland College

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tutors Siobhán Peoples, Blackie O’Connell, Gormlaith Maynes, Órla Nic Thaidhg, Dean Farrell

 

Traditional Irish Music Session @ The Old Triangle, Charlottetown

2 to 5 p.m.
Hosted by Roy Johnstone

Traditional Irish Céilí/Set Dancing @ The Benevolent Irish Society

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hosted by Gormlaith Maynes 

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