2020 Workshops – Saturdays, March 14th and March 21st.

Saturday March 14th – Stand and Deliver!

Voice Coaching with Priscilla Donovan €12.50. SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!!!

10 a.m. to 12 in The Seanchaí Centre, Listowel.

Priscilla Donovan has been a performing artist and singer for 50 years. She has thorough knowledge of how to communicate verbally and has taught singing, drama and recitation for the past 20 years. She is also an author with a published book of short stories, Simple Gifts.

Saturday March 21st – Thatch Bar, Lisselton.

Advanced Poetry with John W Sexton, 10 am. to 12.30, 2.00 to 4.30. €25.00

FULL

John W Sexton is the author of six poetry collections including The Prince’s Brief Career, (Cairn Mountain Press, 1995), Shadows Bloom / Scáthanna Faoi Bhláth, a book of haiku with translations into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock (Doghouse, 2004), Vortex (Doghouse, 2005), Petit Mal (Revival Press, 2009), The Offspring of the Moon (Salmon Poetry 2013) and Futures Pass(Salmon Poetry 2013). He also created and wrote The Ivory Tower for RTÉ Radio, which ran to over one hundred half-hour episodes from 1999 to 2002. Two novels based on the characters from this series have been published by the O’Brien Press: The Johnny Coffin Diaries and Johnny Coffin School-Dazed, which have been translated into both Italian and Serbian. He has recorded an album with legendary Stranglers frontman, Hugh Cornwell, entitled Sons of Shiva, which has been released on Track Records. John W is the author of six poetry collections, his latest, Futures Pass (Salmon Poetry 2018). He was a nominee for The Hennessy Literary Award and his poem The Green Owl won the Listowel Poetry Prize in 2007. Also in 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

 

Poetry and Prose for Beginners with Gabriel Fitzmaurice 9.30 to 12 noon. €12.50. FULL

Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born, in 1952, in the village of Moyvane, Co. Kerry where he still lives. For over 30 years he taught in the local primary school from which he retired as principal in 2007. Gabriel has been described as “the best contemporary, traditional, popular poet in English.” He has published more than 60 books including collections of poetry in English and Irish, as well as several collections of verse for children.He has translated extensively from the Irish and has edited a number of anthologies of poetry in English and Irish. He has published volumes of essays and collections of songs and ballads. Poems of his have been set to music and recorded by Brian Kennedy and performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on culture and the arts.

Traditional Music Masterclasses SPACES – Text Kevin

Lisselton National school – Saturday 21st March

Diarmuid Ó Meachair is an accordion player from Cúil Aodha. Both his grandfather as well as his great grandfather played the accordion. He began playing the accordion at the age of five and attended lessons with the encouraging Henry Cronin during his primary school years.

Originally he learned how to play the accordion on the BC system, however during his time in college in Mary I he purchased a C#D accordion and switches over between them from time to time. In 2016, Diarmuid won the senior melodeon competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis at 19 years of age.

Video: https://www.facebook.com/ucctradsoc/videos/3048729461827188/

Séamus Harnett has played music with Castleconnell/Ahane/Herbertstown CCÉ in Limerick since he was six years old. He just completed the Comhaltas Tour of Ireland and England in the last few months. He is currently PRO for his branch and for Limerick CCÉ. He has had multiple All-Ireland achievements at senior and underage with groups, bands, trios, duets and solos on flute & whistling. He has travelled to England on multiple occasions with the Irish Rambling House as a musician to entertain the exiles. Séamus teaches one-on-one lessons at his home where he enjoys passing on the tradition to the up-and-coming musicians in the area.

 

Learn to do The Brush Dance (and more!) in Tomáisín’s Function Room with Miriam Costello 2 pm to 3.30.  €10/€5. LOTS OF ROOM _ BOOK NOW!

Miriam Costello is an award-winning Sean-Nós and Set-Dancing Teacher from Lisselton, She has thirteen County titles, nine Munster titles and an All-Ireland to her name.

 

Pádraig Liath Ó Conchubhair History Forum

at Lisselton National School, 1.30 to 4 p.m.

Presentation by Dr Declan M. Downey

Bardic Social Influence: Evidence from European sources regarding the cultural and educational standards of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Kerry.

with Gabriel Fitzmaurice and Dónal O’Connor. All Welcome. No charge.

 

Grand Concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday night in Tomáisín’s Function Room with Breaking Trad! Tickets €15/€5 from 087 625 7705 or any committee member.

Followed by the incredible Bryan Murphy!

DON’T MISS OUT – BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!

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