January 2017: Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain & Pádraig Rynne

26 January 2017

As part of their tour, the four musicians facilitated Learning and Participation activities around the country. 76 participants took part across the eleven workshops, in Wexford, Dublin, Sligo, Ennis and Letterkenny. We partnered with Danescastle Music GroupAn Góilín Traditional Singers Club, Music Generation Sligo, Sligo Traditional Singers Circle, Music Generation Clare, and Donegal Music Education Partnership to coordinate the activities.

Thank you to the following partner promotors for their support of the Learning and Participation Programme on this tour: National Opera House, Wexford, the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo, glór, Ennis and the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.

Ahead of the first concert of the tour, at the National Opera House, Wexford, Pádraig Rynne and Aoife Ní Bhriain facilitated workshops with members of Danescastle Music Group.   

In Dublin, Julie facilitated a Gaelic song workshop with members of An Góilín Traditional Singers Club at The Sugar Club before the performance there that evening.

In Sligo, Pádraig Rynne facilitated a composition workshop with members of Music Generation Sligo, and Julie Fowlis worked with Sligo Traditional Singers Circle ahead of the concert at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo.

In Ennis, Pádraig Rynne facilitated a composition workshop, and Julie Fowlis facilitated a Gaelic song workshop- both with Music Generation Clare members at glór, Ennis before their concert there.

In Letterkenny, Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ní Bhriain and Pádraig Rynne all facilitated instrumental workshops with Donegal Music Education Partnership members ahead of their concert at the Regional Cultural Centre.


Participant feedback

"I liked the meeting of the two cultures."

"The Music Network is a national treasure."

"A great introduction to Gaelic song."

"A wonderfully practical, lively, energetic teacher who can motivate a diverse group very quickly. Tapa leat!"

"Great workshop for learning how to write tunes."


Project Partner Feedback

"Music Network workshops have provided us an opportunity to receive tuition from Ireland’s top-class musicians." Áine Kennedy, Danescastle Music Group

"Really well organised- Julie is a great teacher and I really engaged and benefitted from the workshop. Shortest hour of my day!!" Máire Ní Chróinín, An Góilín

"The workshop was an interesting, enjoyable, informative experience for all concerned." Deirdre Cox, Sligo Traditional Singers Circle

"It’s wonderful for, especially young musicians, to have the opportunity to workshop with touring musicians, that inspire and instill a love of their craft. Many thanks." Emer O’Flaherty, Music Generation Clare