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July 16-21– Bethesda, Maryland Workshops & concerts

July 16, 2017 - July 21, 2017

Workshops & concerts

2017 CCE Musical Arts & Dance (MAD) Week

  • Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane,  Bethesda, Maryland  USA
  • 90 minute instrumental, vocal & dance classes each morning and afternoon plus lunchtime workshops and midday lectures
  • Fabulous faculty concerts on Sunday and Wednesday evenings
  • Thursday evening Ceili, with an amazing ceili band comprised of MAD Week faculty
  • Friday Student Concert finale

Dr Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin will offer concertina instruction, midday history lectures and book release party for his new book, A SHORT HISTORY OF IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC published by O’Brien Press (Dublin, 2017)  

ABOUT THE BOOK:  The history of Irish traditional music, song and dance from the mythological harp of the Dagda right up to Riverdance and beyond.

Exploring an abundant spectrum of historical sources, music and folklore, this guide uncovers the contribution of the Normans to Irish dancing, the role of the music maker in Penal Ireland, as well as the popularity of dance tunes and set dancing from the end of the 18th century. It also follows the music of the Irish diaspora from as far apart as Newfoundland and the music halls of vaudeville to the musical tapestry of Irish America today.


CCE MAD Week instrumental and dance classes are designed to offer registrants of all ages and levels of ability a unique opportunity to improve their playing and dancing in a fun-filled, challenging, and safe learning environment.
Instrumentalists are taught traditionally—in group classes, arranged according to ability and experience with traditional Irish music. Each class will convene twice daily for ninety minutes. Each class will learn a variety of tunes—hornpipes, jigs, reels, polkas, mazurkas, barndances, airs, and highlands among others.
The tunes in each class are  fun to play as well as great ear training exercises as well. Learning them will give students the opportunity to improve their ear, technique, and memory skills. Each instrumentalist will also receive a private half-hour lesson with one of our teaching staff during the week.

In addition to class and private instruction, instrumental students will have an opportunity to play in traditional Irish sessions, hear faculty performances throughout the week, and perform at the concluding ceili and concert on Friday night.


July 16, 2017
July 21, 2017
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O’Neill-Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
1 301-565-3657


Cedar Lane Unitarian Church
9601 Cedar Ln
Bethesda, MD United States
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