The Craiceann Summerschool 2020 will take place from Monday 22nd of June through Friday 26th of June 2020

20th anniversary of Craiceann

Craiceann 2020 will be special because it is our 20th Anniversary. It seems unbelievable that the very first Craiceann was back in 2001.
As we want to celebrate this special occasion, some extra features will be arranged, but we will not have these finalised until January next year. We will then amend the website, and send out a general news bulletin.
In organising this Anniversary event we will observe an overall strategy of recognising the past 20 years and the history, memories, and nostalgia that we have all shared.
Because of the special status of Craiceann 2020 is likely that there may be a greater than usual interest, so it would be wise for those who may wish to attend to sign up early.
It would be fantastic if old Craiceann alumni who haven’t attended recently decided to join us all for this year, either as students or even for a few days as much-welcome guests, to renew old friendships.

Our tutorial team for 2020 includes Siobhán O’Donnell, Aimee Farrell-Courtney, Cormac Byrne, Jim Higgins, Colm Phelan, Robbie Walsh, Andy Kruspe and Rolf Wagels. Also, the great the great Donal Lunny will also be part of the Craiceann 2020 experience, both as a teacher and performer. To read more about the teachers, follow this link.

We will have two great concerts: The first concert brings together three legends of Irish Music – Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (who were founding members of the Bothy Band) with Jim Higgins who has been one of our Craiceann tutors since we started.  The second concert sees the return of the world acclaimed band Goitse including of course another of our tutors Colm Phelan.
Read more about the bands here.

The workshops/lectures which take place during the day between classes will be given by Mícheál O’hÁlmháin himself, David Lewis and Rolf Wagels, who will reflect on the development of Craiceann and the bodhrán over the last twenty years and one workshop is yet to be announced.
Read more about the workshops here.

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 is working in his workshop during the week and is available for chats and tipper talk. 

Click here to sign up for Craiceann


  • One of the best experiences of my life. Thank you.–Michael McMahon

  • Craiceann was magnificent!–Tamara Smalling

  • Everyone kept telling me that Craiceann would be the best week of the whole summer, and it was 100% true. Great tunes, great friends, beautiful scenery, and plenty of pints. I was so sad to leave Inis Oirr, but can’t wait for next year!–Cara Wildman

  • I had a wonderful and great time! Never experienced something like that before. A week of wonderful music, spirit, people, kindness… just perfect.–Sada

  • Honestly one of the best weeks ever !–Molly Donnery

  • What a fantastic week. I first came in 2015 I can’t believe it gets better and better every year!–Monica Harris