Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin’s traditional music academy, Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh, will host a two-day BAND CAMP for young traditional musicians (aged 7+).
Working with a number of internationally acclaimed tutors, they will have the opportunity, in mixed instrument groups, to create and arrange tunes, new and old.
Bodhrán players will have the opportunity to work in a large ensemble as part of the Bohrán Buzz project. And all students will get the chance to participate in a sean-nós dance session and engage in other fun traditional-music related activities!
The Saturday camp will be for players who would be considered as having a playing level up to Grade 3 level or equivalent.
The Sunday camp will be for more advanced players of Grade 4 and above.
The Bodhrán Buzz on Sunday is open to bodhrán players of all levels.
Open to players of all instruments.
Price per workshop: £20 per person (inc. lunch)
Robbie Walsh is a bodhrán player who hails from Dublin. Brought up through a strong musical background in all genres, his style is the definition of diversity. Inspired by the fantastic playing of his uncle, Robbie began to learn the ropes from the great Noel Dowling of Kilkenny in what he feels is his second home Áras Chrónáin. Taking these skills to the vibrant session culture throughout Dublin Robbie began to shape his style.
In 2008 Robbie became the Dublin, Leinster and All Ireland Champion thereby opening him up to further opportunities. He has played with various different bands including Ciorras, Coras, The Hunters, Keeva, The Daoiri Farrell Band, Blasta and The Jeremiahs, Perfect Friction and . He has also worked closely with dance shows and companies such as Celtic Céilí, Celtic Legends and Damhsa to entertain and teach audiences at theatres, festivals and corporate functions. His touring career stretches extensively throughout the world to such places as the United States and Australia.
Robbie has also worked on albums with musicians such as Daoiri Farrell, Alan Doherty, Laoise Kelly, Gerry O’Donnell, Tom Walsh, Seamus Begley, Joe McKenna, Paul Kelly, Eleanor Shanley, Brendan Hayes, Colin Farrell and Frankie Lane to name but a few, and has shared the stage with the likes of Donal Lunny, Karen Tweed, Cormac Breathnach, Gerry O’Connor, Brendan Begley, Niall Keegan, Blackie O’Connell, Robbie Harris, Siobhan Peoples, Tola Custy, Antonio Beresky and Paul Brady.
With such a gathering of experience throughout his musical career Robbie set up The Bodhran Buzz to further extend the knowledge of the bodhrán throughout the world via workshops, private teaching and regular classes and even went as far as a conducting a Guinness world record attempt for the largest bodhrán ensemble of1052 bodhran players.
Alan Finn is a multi All Ireland winning musician from Buttevant Co. Cork. His main instruments are the Button Accordion and Fiddle. He has been on many tours around the world, most notably playing for American President Barrack Obama in the White House in 2009 for St Patricks Day. Alan teaches music in the Cork area and many of his pupils and under age bands have won many All Ireland titles. Alan is currently the Leader of the Shandrum Ceili Band, who won back to back titles in 2015 and 2016. He was also the leader of the Awbeg Ceili Band when they won the all Ireland in 2012. Alan is currently playing many session, concerts and ceilis around the country and abroad, while also continuing his many music classes in the North Cork area.
As a composer and performer, Ryan’s work has been performed to international audiences on four continents for over fifteen years. He has recorded as accompanist on over a dozen albums and his repertoire spans numerous genres from traditional Irish music to contemporary classical music, performing with the Chieftains, David Munnelly Band, Beoga, Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, the Ulster Orchestra and the Irish Concertina Ensemble amongst others. Ryan’s compositional work has won several prizes and has been broadcast both nationally and internationally on BBC Radio 3, Radio Ulster, RTÉ Lyric FM, Radio 1 and Ráidió na Gaeltachta as well as on BBC 2, UTV and BBC World. Ryan’s compositional work was recently supported by a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship and he is currently a lecturer in composition at Maynooth University. Innisfail, a CD of Ryan’s solo piano works, was released in 2016 by award-winning American pianist Alexander Bernstein.
Sean Nós dancer Edwina Guckian hails from outside the village of Drumsna in Co. Leitrim. She learned her dancing from her mother and the local dancers of Leitrim and Roscommon. Her style is greatly influenced by the style of local music she grew up listening and dancing to.
Music plays as much an important role as dancing does in Edwina’s life. “As much as I love dancing, it would be nothing without the music”. She began learning the fiddle from Irene Guckian and her grandfather Ned Lee at the age of 9. She then picked up the tin whistle learning from local man, Padraig Sweeney and Tipperary’s Seán Ryan and in recent years she has taken up the concertina. Edwina decided to further her love of music by studying it in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra where she later achieved a degree in Music, English and Education and graduated as a primary school teacher in 2010.