Traditional music festival set for UL stage

Donal Lunny teaching at the Blas summer school in UL
MUSIC students from across the world will travel to Limerick next week for the Blás International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance, writes Anne Sheridan.

MUSIC students from across the world will travel to Limerick next week for the Blás International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance, writes Anne Sheridan.

The hugely popular programme returns to the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick for the 19th successive year from June 22 to July 3.

Students attending the course will benefit from the wisdom and tutelage of eminent figures of the traditional music world such as Steve Cooney, Dónal Lunny, Colin Dunne, Niall Keegan, Ryan Molloy, Kieran Munnelly, Brid Harper, Dermot McLaughlin, Siobhán Peoples, Sandra Joyce, John Carty, Kevin Crawford, Louise Mulcahy, Michelle Mulcahy, Derek Hickey, Karan Casey and many more.

Blás has firmly established itself as one of Ireland’s most prestigious summer schools, drawing students from all over the world to spend two weeks gaining access to the expertise of some of Ireland’s finest artists.

Apart from tuition and master classes, students can expect a whole range of activities including lectures on Irish traditional music topics, field-trips, sessions, Irish language classes, lunchtime and evening concerts, céilís, and above all, the opportunity to share tunes with some of Ireland’s leading traditional musicians.

The summer school will be launched by radio presenter/producer, musician and scholar Peter Browne, on Monday, June 22 at 5.30pm. Following this, a number of public events will take place throughout the summer school.

On Tuesday, June 23 at 5pm, Áine Hensey, of Raidio na Gaeltachta, will conduct an interview entitled ‘Idir an Dá Shaol’ with director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, Nicholas Carolan, about his life in music.

Dermot McLaughlin will deliver this year’s Francis Roche Memorial Lecture. Entitled “A Soundscape of the Donegal Fiddle - a response to the challenges of defining a regional style”, the lecture will take place on Wednesday, July 1.