The 10th annual Dublin Irish Festival Academy is returning this summer as a warm-up to the Festival. A variety of classes will be offered that highlight Irish music and culture.
- Academy classes will be held on Friday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.
- Classes will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin
- All students must be 12 years of age or older to participate in Academy classes
- Classes are all $50 per person, and include a one-day Festival admission ticket ($10 value)
- Class space is limited; students will be notified if class is full
- We reserve the right to cancel a class if there is not a minimum registration number
NEWLY ADDED CLASSES
Flute - Éamonn de Barra
Éamonn de Barra was born in Dublin where he now lives, and began to play music at a young age under the instruction of his uncle Seán Ó Tuama. He comes from one of the most musical homes in Dublin, where his family has a long tradition of music par excellence. Éamonn won the Young Traditional Musician of The Year Award in 2000 and is a member of the critically acclaimed traditional band Slide who have received a number of awards for their work. He has toured Europe, North America, Australia and Japan extensively.
Artists Éamonn has recorded with or collaborated include Slide, Damien Dempsey, Moya Brennan, John Reynolds, Brian Eno, Sinead O’Connor, Marcia Howard, Geraldine MacGowan, Hazel O’Connor and many more…
In this unique Academy class, you will work with the whole band and find out how they put songs together, play with them and learn how to session with some of the best in the world.
From its 1991 origins playing in local pubs in Bandon, Ireland, Slide has become a widely-recognized name in Irish folk roots music. The band’s unique sound has won over fans from around the world, and has resulted in three studio albums and one live album. Slide’s five traditionally-trained and multi-talented members have been praised for their captivating arrangements and self-penned lyrics. In 2005, Slide was awarded the “Young Musicwide Award,” by the Arts Council of Ireland and continued its success with a 2008 international tour in the United States. With an impressive foundation of advanced musicianship and a never-ending supply of creative ideas, Slide promises a fresh and enjoyable sampling of Irish music.
PREVIOUSLY LISTED CLASSES
Have you ever wondered how to play the bodhran? Michael Vignoles from Galway, Ireland teaches this traditional heartbeat of all Irish music. Michael is also known internationally as an instrument maker. For more than 20 years, he has made bodhrans and uilleann pipes from his GalwayCity shop. Bodhrans will be provided for this class or you can purchase one from Michael.
Fiddle – Liz Knowles
Liz Knowles has brought her distinctive sound—the fire and finesse of Irish fiddle music combined with the tonal richness of the classical violin—to concert stages and festivals across the world. Her auspicious beginnings as the fiddler for Riverdance and as soloist on the soundtrack for the film Michael Collins established her as a virtuosic and versatile performer, and she has since performed as soloist with such orchestras as the New York Pops and the Cincinnati Pops. Liz was a member of the renowned Cherish the Ladies, played on Broadway with The Pirate Queen, and traveled the world for over four years as Music Director and performer with the wildly popular Celtic Legends.
Liz is established as a well-known and sought-after teacher of Irish music. She has taught at many tionols and week-long workshops across the US and in Ireland.
Fiddle – Manus McGuire
From an early age, Manus McGuire learned various dance tunes by his father’s knee and followed his older brother, Seamus, into the national traditional music arena that was steadily gathering momentum. Manus’s musical mettle became apparent to all in 1970, the year he won Sligo’s prestigious Fiddler of Dooney competition–at age 14. Since then, he has toured extensively in North America and Canada.
Manus has recorded and toured extensively and formed the Brock McGuire band with Paul Brock.
Irish Tenor Banjo – Garry Omeara
Garry started playing music at the age of 9, learning the banjo, mandolin and guitar. Garry has been a member of the bands, Reel, Monto, Dargo and has toured with the show Ragús. Last year, he joined the Brock McGuire Band..
In between touring in 2012, Garry recorded his long awaited debut album, Pickin’ Time, which has received critical acclaim from Gerry O’Connor, Irish American News, LiveIreland and American Public Radio, amongst others. The album was released in March 2013.
Irish Two-Row Button Accordion – Paul Brock
Paul Brock has been at the forefront of button accordion playing for many years. A multiple All-Ireland champion born in Athlone, County Westmeath, and now residing in Ennis, Paul pursued a solo career through the 60’s and 70’s. His collaborations with fiddle player Frankie Gavin during the 70’s and 80’s culminated in their 1986 Gael-Linn recording ‘A Tribute to Joe Cooley’, regarded by critics and fellow musicians as one of the outstanding traditional albums of the modern era. He founded Brock McGuire Band jointly with Manus McGuire and the band continues to tour internationally.
Piano Accompaniment for Irish Music -Denis Carey
Denis Carey from Newport, Co Tipperary is a musician, composer and arranger. He has performed and recorded with many well known artists nationally and internationally. His compositions have been performed and recorded by a wide variety of musicians including Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada, where he has played on many occasions and by the Scottish National orchestra.
Denis has received many commissions in recent years, most notable ‘An Turas’ suite for North Tipperary Co Council,’ The Charter Suite’ for the Limerick 800 Celebrations and the music for the show ‘Style’ commissioned by Shannon Heritage, Bunratty folk park. Denis co-wrote the music for the soundtrack of the Canadian movie ‘The Divine Ryans’.
Tin Whistle – Kieran O’Hare
In 1994, Kieran received the honor of being the first American-born player of Irish music invited to perform in the annual ‘Ace and Deuce of Piping’ concert, held in Ireland’s National Concert Hall. Since then, he has made countless appearances at festivals and concerts in North and South America, Japan, China, and Europe.
Kieran has worked extensively in designing music for the stage, and is in great demand as a session musician and as a teacher of Irish music. In 2002, Kieran appeared in a musical role in the Sam Mendes film Road to Perdition. In 2006-2007, Kieran was the featured uilleann pipes and tin whistle player on Broadway for the new musical The Pirate Queen. Most recently, with his wife, Liz Knowles, Kieran toured the world for over four years as musical director, contractor, and performer with the France-based show Celtic Legends.