The Craiceann Summerschool 2019 will take place from Monday 24th of June through Friday 28th of June 2019

Sign up will be available before the end of the year. Here is what has happened in 2018:

Breaking news:
We have been working behind the scenes to bring back a previous Craiceann favourite and add another new name to our teaching team.  We can now announce that two Eamons will be with us at Craiceann 2018, and each will be teaching for part of the week.  Eamon Murray of Beoga fame will teach for the first part of the week and Eamon Moloney from Full Set for the second part.

Craiceann 2018 is fully booked! Sorry to say we can’t take any more applications.
You can enroll for a waiting list at the sign up page.

We are always looking to include new  top-class individuals in our tutor line-up. Of particular interest to us are people who have come to Craiceann originally as a student but then through academic qualification and/or performance accomplishment have reached the highest level. Notable past examples are Eamon Murray and Aimee Farrell-Courtney, and for 2018 we are introducing Andy Kruspe into this special category.

So our tutorial team for 2018 includes Siobhán O’Donnell, Aimee Farrell-Courtney, Cormac Byrne, Jim Higgins, Colm Phelan, Robbie Walsh, Andy Kruspe and Rolf Wagels. Once again this year the great Donál Lunny will join us at Craiceann. He will be demonstrating and teaching his special technique for bass bodhrán playing during some of the evening classes. To read more about the teachers, follow this link.

We will have two great concerts: Goitse featuring Colm Phelan will return to Inis Oirr after the great success of their gig a few year’s back. The other concert sports one of the up and coming bands in Ireland, Fuinneamh (meaning ‘energy’ in Irish). Their bodhrán player, James O’Connor is the current All Ireland bodhrán champion and a long time Craiceann student.
Read more about the bands here.

The three workshops/lectures which take place during the day between classes will be given by Mícheál O’hÁlmháin himself, Andy Kruspe, who is also a drumming instructor and world class dancer Tomás Ó Sé.
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. 


  • 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

  • I am so grateful to Michael, David, Rolf and all the members and friends of the Craiceann family. You made this a week that I never have dreamed of!–Jim Hesch