2021 Workshops Provisional details

Phone 0876257705 for updates.

Voice Coaching with Priscilla Donovan

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.

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.

Spring into Writing!

Writing for all ages, abilities and experience, with Kim Arnold

Kim Arnold is a highly experienced author and mentor with a recognized track record of excellence in teaching and writing guidance.   She is the founder/owner of Font which specialises in all aspects of academic, corporate, technical and creative writing, from editorial services and writing clinics to professional ghost writing and individual writing mentorship.  Kim has also established and leads the Close Company creative writing day school here in Kerry and is a creative writing tutor for a number of community youth projects being run under the auspices of the KETB.  Kim’s personal writing interests include poetry and drama.

Traditional Music Masterclasses (Subject to change)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.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaAi5nlw2Fw 

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

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.

 

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!

ballydbardfest@gmail.com

www.ballydbardfest.com

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