Singing for fun for 7-11 year-olds

Tuesday 15, 22 & 29 January
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Free (Advance booking is essential)

Specially for IMBOLC Festival, choral director Maurice Kelly and our artist-in-residence Jack Warnock will work with children from across the city – introducing them to the joys of singing. They will take part in fun music-based activities and together will develop arrangements of several songs which they will perform on January 29 at an informal lunchtime concert.

The Trash Bash Band

Wednesday 30 January
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
10:00 – 12:00
Free (Advance booking is essential)

Lose yourself in these fun, hands-on environmentally-themed music workshops and unleash your creativity by turning waste materials into basic percussive and tuned musical instruments.

Our relationship with waste and our role in caring for the planet will be explored through fun musical exercises, song singing and up-cycling. Using their newly created instruments, participants will explore music-making as the Trash Bash Band.

Note: No musical experience or training necessary. Please bring your own waste materials.

Introduction to sean-nós dance for 7 – 11 year-olds (with Deirdre Kerins)

Thursday 31 January | Déardaoin 31 Eanáir
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Free (Advance booking is essential)

This workshop is designed to introduce children to old style sean-nós dancing. The tutor, Deirdre Kerins, has won various awards in national sean nós dancing competitions and is currently teaching Sean Nós dance classes and workshops all over Ireland. This promises to be a fun and entertaining workshop!

Return of Spring (Music Theatre)

Thursday 7 February
11:00 & 13:00 (Relaxed performance)
45 minutes approx
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
?2 per pupil

Every year in Whistleberry Forest, the creatures of the forest look forward to the end of the frosty Winter, and to the beginning of Spring. This year was a little different however, as Springtime had arrived much earlier than usual. All the hibernating animals, except for Huggy the hedgehog, were still curled up fast asleep. Huggy must go on an adventurous musical quest in search of evidence of Spring if he is to convince his friends that it is time to wake up!

Produced by Ceol Connected, this wonderfully interactive performance is led by Thomas Johnston (whistles, song, and uilleann pipes) and Púca Puppets’ Niamh Lawlor. Directed by Emelie Fitzgibbon. Set design by Eve Fisher.

Suitable for children ages 3-5 and their adults.

Schools Concert: Cuig

Friday 8 February
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
Doors: 09:30 | Start: 10:00
Free (Advance booking is essential)
More info here

This Irish five-piece band from the North of Ireland are tearing up the rule book with their bold approach to their native musical tradition. Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, ‘New Landscapes’, for which Cúig were awarded ‘Best New Irish Band 2016’ by the Irish American News, they have taken both sides of the Atlantic by storm having toured extensively in the US, Europe and Ireland. Comprising Miceal Mullen (banjo, mandolin), Rónán Stewart (fiddle, uilleann pipes, vocals), Ruairí Stewart (guitars), Eoin Murphy (button accordion) and Cathal Murphy (drums, guitars, vocals), Cúig look set to continue this success with the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, ‘The Theory of Chaos’.


Saturday 2 February
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
11:00 – 13:00

Brenda O’Callaghan’s background is in Traditional Irish Dance as dancer and teacher. She teachs set dancing, Ceili, two-hand dances and Sean-Nós old style steps. She is the founder member of Cos Cos Dance Group, initiated in 2000, which has performed at numerous festivals and concerts.


Saturday 2 February
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
14:00 - 16:00

Connie McKelvey and Anne Connaghan are exponents and teachers of the two-hand dance tradition of Donegal. They teach and perform at festivals and events on a regular basis and toured and performed as part of the Heel to Toe project showcasing music, song and dance from various regions in Ireland alongside Jimmy and Peter Campbell, Seamus Begley, Seosaimh Ó Neachtáin and Daithi Ó Sé among others.

Tara Connaghan is a well respected fiddle player in the Donegal style and will provide music for the workshop. She released a well received recording ‘The Far Side of the Glen’ with Derek McGinley in 2011 focusing solely on the fiddle style and repertoire of south west Donegal, grant aided by the Arts Council of Ireland. She is the recent recipient of a Music Network Music Capital Scheme Award in 2015 for a Noel Burke violin bow.

Frank McConnell was born and brought up in Glasgow but has strong Hebridean connections. He has a wealth of knowledge and a great love for Scottish step dancing and Scotland’s dance heritage. He is co-founder of Plan B one of the foremost dance companies in Scotland. 


Saturday 2 February
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
21:00 - 00:00

A night of music and dance celebrating all forms of traditional dance, including ceili, sets, step dances & two hand dances. Connie Mc Kelvie will call dances of all varieties and our core dance tutors who have travelled to Derry for the week-end Brenda O’Callaghan, Frank McConnell, Anne Connaghan and Connie McKelvie will also treat you to impromptu steps. There will also be ample opportunity to dance some of the dances learned at the workshops – a great night of music and dance for all dance enthusiasts! Refreshments included.


Sunday 3 February
An Croí, Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
10:00 - 11:30 

Frank McConnell was born and brought up in Glasgow of a family with strong Hebridean ties and no interest in the arts. He trained as a PE teacher but found an escape route into dance from which he has never returned. After training with Royston Maldoom at the Arts in Fife, he cultivated a deep interest in creativity and the arts but has maintained and passion for education in its broadest sense.

He has performed and collaborated with Communicado on seven occasions but it is principally known as a choreographer. Having created work for Northern Stage (England), Le Groupe de la Place Royale (Canada), and the National Opera in Holland, Frank feels equally at home working with a small community group in Ardross (Scotland). He moved to the Highlands in 1994 to work as dancer-in-residence for Ross and Cromarty District Council and to develop his growing love for Scottish step dancing.

In May 2000, he was one of the first people in Britain to be awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). Since plan B was awarded flexible funding from the Scottish Arts Council in 2007, he has dedicated himself to developing collaborative dance and theatre projects throughout the Highlands in a variety of community and professional contexts.

Bouzouki Workshop: Duo Zouk

Saturday 2 February | Dé Sathairn 2 Feabhra
Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin
Time: 12:00 – 14:00

Bouzouki players Nikos Petsakos (Greece) and Martin Coyle (Ireland) explore the journey of the bouzouki from early 1900's Greece, across Europe and it's entry into Ireland. Rebetiko, traditional arrangements from various European countries as well as modern compositions presented on Greek Tri-chordo, Irish four course and Baglama

In this workshop participants will become familiar with:

* With the history of the Bouzouki following its path from19th century Greece and its establishment to 1970s Ireland to modern day.

* The introduction of, and Greek dromoi (Scales). Their similarities with western scale their construction on an equal tempered instrument such as the bouzouki.

* The understanding of even and odd rhythms.