Ceardlann an Mhuilinn-Traditional Irish Workshops in Music and Song
Ceardlann an Mhuilnn is a day of traditional Irish music and singing workshops and tutors concert at Áras an Mhuilinn, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland organised by Westmeath CCÉ.
The tutors are Colin Nea (button accordion), John Wynne (flute), Colm Keane (fiddle), Enda Seery (whistle), John Byrne (banjo), Doreen Farrelly (traditional singing).
Workshops cost €20 (incl lunch if required and free entry to tutors concert). All students must have a minimum of two years playing or singing experience. It will be helpful for students to bring recording devices on the day.
Musicians and singers can pre-register for the workshops now by contacting Enda Seery 353 email@example.com. You can also register on the day (June 22nd) from 10.30am-11.15am. Workshops run from 11.30am-4.30pm. (Lunch 2pm-2.45pm). A top class concert from our tutors takes place @8pm in the Seomra Ceoil of Áras an Mhuilinn. (€10 entry, free for students from workshops)
Colin Nea-Button Accordion
Originally from Castletown Geoghegan, Co. Westmeath but now residing in Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Colin Nea is among Ireland’s finest button accordion players. Colin has been influenced by button accordion players such as his former teacher Ellen Comerford and local Westmeath musicians, the late John Keenan and the late Joe Fallon. Winner of the prestigious All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil Senior button accordion title in 1993 and 1994, Colin has firmly established himself among the upper echelon of Irish button accordionist.
Soon after winning his retaining his All-Ireland title, Colin released his debut album “The Pure Box” before moving to Co. Clare in 1999. Colin plays regular session gigs with renowned whistle and flute player Christy Barry. 2012 saw Colin releasing his second album release “Between the Jigs and Reels” which is a reflection on how Colin’s music has evolved since moving to Clare from the midlands of Westmeath.
From North Co. Dublin and residing now in Clonard, Co. Meath, Colm Keane has gained a reputation as a very fine exponent of traditional Irish fiddle playing. Colm is very well known around the country but especially so in Dublin where he plays with the group Lad Lane made up of Colm on fiddle along with Ray Dempsey (accordion) and Eugene Quinn (guitar). Colm has played with a number of other groups down through the years such as Hardstation with Peter Browne (accordion) and Martin Dermody (guitar).
2006 saw Colm and Martin Dermody release “The High Stool” a lively collection of traditional Irish music, mixing traditional values with a modern day drive. Colm and his present group Lad Lane have a very loyal following in Dublin City and their album release “Out of Dublin” has been very well received to date. Lad Lane play regular gigs in the Temple Bar area of Dublin.
John Wynne is one of the finest flute players of his time. From Roscommon town, John was naturally drawn to playing in the celebrated North Connaught flute style. John has won All-Ireland titles at various grades on flute and whistle. He plays and teaches regularly at workshops and festivals in Ireland and abroad. From 1998 until 2001 he was a full time member of the band Providence. He recorded two albums with them, "Providence", and "A fig for a kiss" in early 2001.
John released his solo debut album entitled "With every Breath" in 2000. The album has won critical acclaim along with John’s other solo album release “ Ar nos na gaoithe-Like the wind” in 2009. John has played for a number of years with fiddler John McEvoy and they released the much sought after album “Pride of the West” in 2007. John has great experience too of organising festivals and concerts such as “Féile Frank McGann” and “The Reel Thing” series of trad concerts in conjunction with Roscommon Arts Centre.
Enda Seery from Streamstown, Co. Westmeath in the heart of Ireland is one of Ireland’s finest whistle players and traditional Irish composers. He is also a respected teacher, adjudicator and administrator with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. His debut album “The Winding Clock: Traditional Irish Music on the Whistle” was released to critical acclaim in 2010.
In 2012, Enda graduated with First Class Honours from the Masters course in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the University of Limerick. In April of this year, he released his second studio album, “Síocháin na Tuaithe: Peace of the Countryside, Traditional Irish Music and Song” which features many more of Enda’s traditional compositions with Enda this time expanding to whistles, flute, keyboard and vocals. Enda is now a full-time traditional Irish musician, composer and teacher.
John Byrne hails from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath and is a very talented banjo and guitar player. He has numerous provincial Fleadh Cheoil titles on the banjo as a member of Mullingar Comhaltas. John is a full-time musician and teacher and his musical talents extend to other genres of music outside of traditional Irish music too.
In the last few years, John has become the main accompanist for whistle and flute player Enda Seery and this has seen John play guitar on both of Enda’s album releases “The Winding Clock” and “Síocháin na Tuaithe: Peace of the Countryside”. Also this year Enda and John featured on the well-known Geantraí programme on TG4 which was broadcast from P Egan’s, Moate, Co. Westmeath.
Doreen Farrelly-Traditional Singing
Doreen Farrelly (nee Masterson) from Ballycomoyle near Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath is one of Ireland’s finest traditional singers in both the English and Irish languages. Doreen has numerous singing titles at All-Ireland level and beyond and she has made a number of appearances on Comhaltas tours.
She is a very experienced teacher, adjudicator and administrator with Comhaltas. Doreen is heavily involved with her own branch of Clann Lir CCÉ and is the present Secretary of Westmeath CCÉ. Doreen has adjudicated at All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil level and she also tutored singing classes at the renowned Scoil Éigse which takes place every year before the main All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil events. Doreen teaches weekly singing classes at Áras an Mhuilinn, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.