June 1 – 8 - Week 1
June 8 – 15 - Week 2
Arrive Saturday, depart Saturday. Residential 6 day courses with 7 nights
Accommodation and catering
Significantly progress your harping from whatever stage you are at now – whether you are a total beginner or performing professional.
In the magnificent setting of the south west of Donegal and in one of the most vibrant (old style) traditional music communities, these weeks will significantly progress your harping from whatever stage you are at now – whether you are a total beginner or performing professional.
Janet, one of Ireland’s most experienced performers and teachers looks forward to working with you in a very positive, productive, fun and friendly environment with all the comforts of turf fires and cosy cups of tea after the day’s labors!
The countryside is on your doorstep with phenomenal walks, pubs, sessions, craft and factory shops to explore! And many evenings will be spent in the Rusty Mackerel in Teelin….. For a real Irish experience, don’t miss these courses! (There are discounts for more-than-one-week bookings – and look out for the early-bird prices).
Glencolmcille, DONEGAL HARP WEEKS
Based at Ionad Siuil (the walker’s hostel) at the centre of Glencolmcille village, a newly built facility with an open fireplace in the main room (to warm the soul!) and every room ensuite. Accommodation is in twin rooms (all en suite) for single or twin occupation
These weeks are particularly special for those that enjoy the great outdoors and the remote and rugged parts of the West of Ireland coast – with great beaches for swimming (including the spectacular Silver Strand, and there will certainly be trips to Teelin to the highest sea-cliffs in Europe (where a James Bond movie was filmed!).
These harp weeks revisit the original location for Janet’s summerschools – that all started here in the early 1980s... and revisited and enjoyed during September 2018
Here's how a typical day goes:
From 8am Breakfast
9.30am Warm-up hour for everyone
11 - 12pm Classes (in small groups with time to practise and consolidate)
12-1pm Workshop (on a subject relevant to the group)
2 – 3pm Classes
3 - 5pm Individual half hour lessons if you wish them in addition to your classes. These are charged at a half hourly rate and, as we expect you may not need them,
they can be booked during the week. Each half hour lesson is charged at €35. When you are not in lessons: you may practise, explore, have a cuppa, socialise and relax
– or take a trip out. Each day, you will have options….
8.30 - 9.30pm On 3 nights: Concerts / lectures / quiz night / sessions in-house and on the others:
Sessions out in local pubs in the villages of Glencolmcille, Teelin or Carrick.
On the 3rd or 4th afternoon, there is a break for a bigger trip out to a local place of interest.