Timmy Collins

Flute, Ceili Band, Sliabh Luachra Tunes

Timmy Collins is a well known Flute Player from the Cork part of Sliabh Luachra. Timmy Collins is a flute player and set dancer from Kiskeam, Co. Cork. A native of Sliabh Luachra, he has been heavily influenced by the musicians of this unique style of traditional Irish music. His interest in céilí bands began in his teens when dancing at céilithe and playing with the Maule Cross Céilí Band. He has competed and often championed at All-Ireland level competitions, in both music and dancing, such as Fleadh, Siansa and Scór. Timmy is a fluent Irish speaker and a former teacher at Slí Dhála CCÉ.
 - Member of The Shandrum Céilí Band, 3-in-a-row winners at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil 2015,2016 & 2017
 - Founder, Chairperson and Tutor of Cill Mhín Comhaltas Branch (Summer 2014- )
 - All-Ireland champion (bronze medal) with Freemount Grúpa Ceoil (2012)
 - All-Ireland champion (silver medal) with The Maule Cross Céilí Band (2009 & 2011)
 - All-Ireland champion (gold medal) with Freemount Set Dancers (2009 & 2010)
 - All-Ireland champion with Boherbue Music Group at Scór na nÓg (2009)
 - Gradam na Gaeilge (The Award for Irish Language), UCC (May 2014)


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Evin Cunniffe

Banjo, Adult Group

From the Lovely Co. Roscommon and for the past 16 years has been playing music on banjo, mandolin and guitar. In recent years, he has been teaching with multiple Comhaltas branches including Slí Dhála CCÉ. He has competed at the highest level in banjo, winning titles in Roscommon, Connacht and being placed at All-Ireland level.
Throughout his music career he has performed nationally and internationally, including performances in Liverpool, France and Luxembourg, radio performances on Céilí House, Radió na Gaeltachta and Shannonside FM and has also performed on Comhaltas Live.
Evin says, “I love playing music as it is part of our culture here in Ireland. It is an activity that allows all kinds of people to take part in, almost like another language. It brings people together and creates a sense of community and celebration.”


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Keith Brett

Keith is another former teacher at Slí Dhála CCÉ and has been part of the team that has developed this unique trad group  workshop which is specifically tailored for teenagers who already have a good grounding in traditional Irish music and are comfortable learning new tunes.

There is an emphasis on traditional music arrangement and performance, with the musical pieces chosen based on the musicians' experience and the instruments they play. Moving on to basic sound and acoustic theory, the unique properties of each instrument are investigated and the sound from each instrument is observed using software tools. The participants will learn about audio and lighting equipment as it applies to stage performances, in order to help them to become comfortable with performing on stage and using the equipment. Equipment will be available during the workshop and interaction is supervised.

There is an emphasis on fun and experiencing new instruments and techniques. The workshop content is continuously updated so that repeat participants experience new modules in the workshop.


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Grace Corrigan

Grace currently teaches tin whistle, flute, and pre-instrumental classes at Slí Dhála CCÉ.

During the Summer School she will tutor the U12 Group Workshop and work with the musicians to learn a range of new tunes and help them to play these tunes in a group session setting.

There will be an emphasis on fun and learning with some interesting new exercises along the way.


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