Westport Scoil Cheoil (Westport Music School) is a week-long traditional Irish summer school which runs every July. The aim of the week long music school set in the beautiful, historic Atlantic coastal town of Westport is to facilitate all ages and competencies to learn Irish music at this renowned summer school.

Westport Scoil Cheoil is now recognised as a major traditional Irish music, song and dance event in Ireland. Attendance at this week long July summer-school is officially recognized as CPD (Continuous-Professional-Development) for teachers, by the Irish Government, The-Department-of-Education-and-Skills. Attendance, is not however, confined to teachers and many people from diverse nationalities attend, with ages ranging from 4 years to 84 years of age!

Instruction at three levels of competency (beginner, intermediate and Master) is available on the following instruments: violin, concertina, flute, harp, bodhran (Irish drum), guitar, mandolin, tin-whistle, singing and dancing. Participants may also partake part in a wide range of afternoon and evening activities from playing in music sessions in the local pubs to learning how to Ceili Dance, attending the amazing tutor concert or busking on the beautiful streets of Westport. This is an ideal family event and the price of €85 covers all tuition and is inclusive of evening activities. By the end of this course, participants will have acquired more knowledge about the playing of Irish music – whatever level of competency they have had at the beginning of the week. They will have built up a social network in the Irish traditional music community and have the best learning experience of music whilst having the best fun ever!

Tutors

Fiddle
Tara BreenZoe Conway & Kate Heneghan

Button Accordion
Christopher MaguireDarragh Healy & Cian McNamara
Concertina
Aisling Lyons & Chloe Feeney

Flute
Emer Mayock & Karl Doherty

Harp
Alannah Thornburgh & Maggie Heneghan

Bodhrán
Dale McKay & Brendan Keegan

Guitar
John McIntyreTom Lyons & John Deane

Banjo / Mandolin
Noel Kilkenny & Mícheál Healy

Tin Whistle
Dec CafferkyCaoimhe Kilkenny & Noreen O'Sullivan

Sean-nós dancing (all levels)
Liam Scanlon

Amhránaíocht / Singing
Meaití-Jo-Sheamais Ó Fatharta & Edel Vaughan

Instruction is available on these Instruments
All levels catered for on all instruments

Veidhlín / Fiddle
Bosca ceoil / Button Accordion
Consairtín / Concertina
Feadóg Mhór / Flute
Cruit / Harp
Bodhrán
Guitar
Banjo / Mandolin
Feadóg Stáin / Tin Whistle
Damhsa ar an sean nós / Sean nós dancing
Amhránaíocht / Singing