The 11th 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 1 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
Instructor: Seamus Egan, Solas
Born in Pennsylvania in 1969, Seamus Egan moved to Ireland with his family when he was three years of age, and a few years later he began taking lessons on the tin whistle. At age 14, Egan returned to the United States, and already displayed a precocious talent on the whistle, flute, banjo, mandolin, and guitar. At 16, Egan cut his first album, Traditional Music of Ireland, and before he turned 20 he was already a seasoned professional musician, having toured with the likes of Peter, Paul & Mary and Ralph Stanley, and doing session work with Vernon Reid.
Seamus, along with Winnie Horan and John Doyle formed Solas in 1995. The band’s hard work was paying off as Solas had become one of the most popular Celtic folk groups in America. When not busy with the group, Egan pursues a solo career and composed the score for the musical Dancing on Dangerous Ground.
Advanced Irish Fiddle
Instructor: Winnie Horan, Solas
A founding member of Solas along with Seamus Egan, Winnie began fiddle and Irish dance lessons in the then bustling Irish scene in New York in the 1970s. Throughout these years she participated and competed in many fleadhs and competitions in the US and Ireland, winning the US National Dance Championships a record nine years in a row. At this time, she was also pursuing a path in classical music, earning her degree from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. This combination of both classical and traditional backgrounds helps to define the style that is so identifiable and associated with Winifred’s playing. In demand as a dancer, fiddle player and studio musician, she has worked with many of the finest musicians on the Irish Music scene.
She has played and recorded with Cherish the Ladies, Sharon Shannon, Pierce Turner, Richard Shindell, Eileen Ivers, Pauline Scanlon, and Liz Carroll. She has also recently recorded with Roesy, Damien Dempsey and Declan O’Rourke. In demand as a session musician, she continues to add her style and musical ideas to many of the finest projects in the states and Ireland.
Irish Tenor Banjo
Instructor: Enda Scahill, We Banjo 3
Galway born banjo player Enda Scahill is one of the most critically acclaimed banjoists in Ireland today. Enda has long established himself as one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish banjo playing and is widely recognized for his technical prowess and banjo teaching abilities.
In 2008 Enda published his Irish Tenor Banjo Tutor, now the top selling Irish banjo tutorial on the market. Enda has just released Volume II of his banjo tutorial series.
Enda has guested with The Chieftains, recorded with Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs, toured with Frankie Gavin and Stockton’s Wing, was an original member for 10 years of The Brock McGuire Band and now leads his new award winning group We Banjo 3
Instructor: Mick Conneely
Mick is one of the most acclaimed and respected fiddle players in the Irish tradition. To date he has played, toured and recorded with many artists, most notably De Danann. In 2001 his debut solo album ‘Selkie’ was released to critical acclaim on the prestigious boutique trad label Cló Iar-Chonnacht and he has recorded on numerous albums to date. Currently Mick is collaborating with David Munnelly promoting their duet album ‘Tis What It Is.
Mick teaches fiddle & bouzouki classes at various festivals at home and abroad, including: the Willie Clancy Summer School, the Catskills Irish Arts Week and Augusta Heritage Celtic Week.
Instructor: David Munnelly
The second you hear the ebb and flow of the music that emanates from David Munnelly’s accordion, you will be instantly convinced that this man was born with a button box in his hands. Hailing from Belmullet, a small town by the sea in Co. Mayo, Ireland, David has carried the strong musical tradition from his home and family across the world.
This unique style led David into the world of professional musicianship where early in his career he became a full-time member of Niamh Parsons’ band the Loose Connections. As his reputation grew in Irish trad circles, David quickly found himself recording and touring with some of the greatest Irish bands and musicians of the last century including The Chieftains, De Danann, Gerry O Connor, Arty McGlynn and Sharon Shannon.
After gaining ample experience and knowledge from his exceptional peers, David formed the David Munnelly Band in1999 and began a thirteen year journey with his own band touring Europe, America and Japan and recording four critically acclaimed CD’s.
Instructor: Michael Vignoles
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.