This site describes and promotes the unique bodhran summerschool, that takes place annually over five days at the end of June on the little island of Inis Oirr in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland.
We have been working hard to secure the participation of one of the true legends of Irish Traditional Music, and we can now announce that the one and only Dónal Lunny will be part of Craiceann 2016.
As you will all know, Dónal Lunny has been an icon in the Irish Traditional Music world over the last thirty years. As a performer, producer, and mentor, he has had a huge influence on the music itself and on those who play and just listen to this powerful part of our Irish culture and heritage.
He is most known for his bouzouki playing, but has always had a deep interest in the bodhrán. He plays our beloved instrument with a uniquely creative and sensitive style, and has very insightful views on its place in our music both past, present, and future.
He has been a member of many landmark bands such as Planxty, The Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, and more recently Mozaik. Under his guidance, all of these bands have led significant shifts in style and content, but through all this progress Dónal has remained anchored to the bedrock of our music’s tradition.
Also, Craiceann 2016 brings back a teacher people have been asking for: Eamon Murray, who has taught at Craiceann before, but took a well deserved break and toured the world with his band Beoga. Add to this last year’s new addition Robbie Walsh and our experienced team of the previous years and you get our tutorial team for 2016: Eamon Murray, Donal Lunny, Martin O’Neill, Cormac Byrne, Jim Higgins, Colm Phelan, Aimee Farrell-Courtney, Robbie Walsh and Rolf Wagels. To read more about the teachers, follow this link.
The three workshops/lectures which take place during the day between classes will be given by Mícheál O’hÁlmháin himself, Donal Lunny, and by Jim Hesch, bones maker and player.
Tipper maker Stevie Moises will be at Craiceann 2016. Stevie Moises will bring his mobile lathe and a selection of woods, so he will be able to turn any tippers to your liking! He will be working in his workshop during the week and will be available for chats and tipper talk.