O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat

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O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat

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If learning and playing traditional Irish music and spending three days in a comfortable, scenic setting being saturated with great teaching and incredible performances sound like a good idea, you might be interested in attending the 12th annual O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat that will be held October 16-18, 2015 at the Hoblitzelle Camp & Conference Center in Midlothian, Texas, about 30 minutes south of Dallas.

An exceptional lineup of instructors will teach including some of the best musicians/instructors in the tradition, including, in alphabetical order, Isaac Alderson -- Whistle; Siobhan Butler -- Sean-Nós Dancing; John Carty -- Fiddle; Anna Colliton -- Bodhran; Ashley Davis -- Singing; Sean Earnest -- Bouzouki; Niamh Fahy-- Fiddle; Dylan Foley -- Fiddle; Sean Gavin -- Flute; Dan Gurney -- Button Accordion; Michelle Hedden -- Bodhran; David Howley -- DADGAD Guitar; Martin Howley -- Mandolin; Alan Kelly -- Piano Accordion; John Liestman -- Mandolin/Tenor Banjo; Dan Lowery -- Flute/Whistle; Karen McGarrett -- Harp; Brian McNamara -- Uilleann Pipes; Caitlín Nic Gabhann-- Anglo Concertina; Ciarán Ó Maonaigh-- Fiddle; Sue Richards -- Harp; Enda Scahill -- Tenor Banjo; and Fergal Scahill -- Fiddle.

In addition to the regular classes, there will be enrichment classes and workshops that address music history, learning by ear, Gaelic singing, music theory, ceili dancing, session etiquette and more. The retreat will officially begin on Thursday night, October 15th, with a “meet & greet” BBQ followed by a “Kick-Off Ceili.” Another ceili called the “Lone Star Ceili” will be held on Saturday night. Classes start Friday morning and continue through Sunday late afternoon. Each evening there will be concerts by instructors and mini-concerts during meals with a “farewell” concert on Sunday evening. Sessions will be plentiful and organized by levels with some instructor-led and others not.

A variety of lodging options on campus will be available from Thursday evening through Sunday night including cabins, motel rooms, dorm beds, tent camping and RV sites. Meals will be offered Thursday dinner through Monday breakfast. The retreat will offer a shuttle service to and from the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport for $25 per trip per person at select times.

Tuition is $250 for adults and $150 for youth ages 12 to 18 by invitation only. Tuition covers up to nine 90-minute core classes, three one-hour enrichment classes and three 90-minute workshops. Meals, lodging and shuttle service may be reserved separately. A limited number of scholarships are available for those requiring financial assistance.

If you’re interested, visit the retreat’s website at http://www.oflahertyretreat.org or call the retreat office at (469) 215-1840 or email info@oflahertyretreat.org. Online registration begins May 2nd at 9 a.m. Because there are caps on class sizes, early enrollment is recommended. The O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat is produced by the Traditional Irish Music Education Society (TIMES), a 501 (c)(3) organization based in Richardson, Texas. In addition to the retreat, TIMES also organizes the O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp for children ages 5-18, the TIMES Trad Camp, house concerts, instructional sessions and other Irish music education programs.

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