The Traditional Music, Song and Dance Project for Transition Years took place in the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar from the 17th – 21st October 2011. As part of the Project, students had the rare opportunity to work with a team of experienced and well-known traditional musicians. During the 5 day course students explored percussion, new Irish tunes, writing their own music and recording.
Students enjoyed a day of percussion and rhythm with percussionist Jimmy Higgins and stepped it out with Brian Cunningham, the renowned sean nós dancer. They had a day of singing and song writing with composer John Hoban. They learnt about traditional Irish music with Joe Byrne and practiced some new tunes with a focus on Mayo.
Students tried out different group arrangements and wrote their own tunes. On the last day they rehearsed all morning and recorded a CD in the afternoon with Donal Siggins.
The tutors were impressed by the student’s enthusiasm and commitment during the week. The Museum compliments the following students who took part in the project; Deirdre Barry and Louise Gilmartin, St. Mary’s Ballina; Brian Crowley and Gerry Sheil, St. Gerard’s College; Fintan Murphy and Amy Mulchrone, Davitt College, Castlebar; and Harry Lawlor and Katy O’Donnell. Special thanks to tutors and students who participated in the project.