The Musician in Residence programme allows students to meet professional musicians in an informal setting to discuss all aspects of being a traditional musician (the current context of the music) and its role and function within our wider lifestyle. The aim is to illustrate and bring awareness to the students of the wider context of the music which is being taught in class. This exposure reinforces and consolidates students’ interest in the music. It encourages and complements their interest, and in the longer term gives them confidence in pursuing their interest in their particular instrument. Some of our past musicians in residence have been John E. Lavelle, Joe Burke, John Carty, Liam O’Connor, Mary Bergin, Laoise Kelly, Catherine McEvoy, Micheál Ó’Raghallaigh, Mick O’Brien, Treasa Ní Cheannabháin, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Eileen O’Brien, Kieran Hanrahan, Noreen O’Sullivan and Paul Dooley, many of whom have joined our tutors list. For 2017 we are delighted to announce that Edel Fox will join us on concertina as musician in residence.
‘Níor chuir sé cos í mbróg leathair fear ab’fhearr ná é’ (A better man than he never put his foot in a leather boot)
– Seanfhocal Acla ó Phádraic Seoighthe ón a leabhar ‘Oidhreacht Acla’
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