Camross Comhaltas celebrate

THIS Saturday sees Camross Comhaltas host their second annual music weekend which honours one of their founders, the late Stephen Conroy.

THIS Saturday sees Camross Comhaltas host their second annual music weekend which honours one of their founders, the late Stephen Conroy.

The organisers Stephen dedicated himself to promoting the culture and traditions of Ireland in his community. Stephen inherited his love of all things traditional from his parents but set dancing was his one true passion. Comhaltas friends from Dun Uladh Comhaltas branch in Tyrone will be special guests for the weekend of music, song and dance workshop will be held this Saturday, April 21 in Camross School and Hall, beginning at 10am with registration and grading. The workshops then take place from 10.30am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm.

The workshops tutors are all well known trad musicians from different parts of the country. Classes will be given on a number of instruments including accordion with Aonghus Ó Maicin and Martina Gorman; concertina with Aoibheann Murphy and Ruth Hyland; fiddle with Tara Breen; flute with Robert Harvey and Jane Doheny; tin whistle with Moss Landman and Kate Hyland; banjo with Kieran Hehir and James Harvey and singing with Darina Gleeson and Martin Delaney.

The day concludes with a concert in Camross Parish Hall at 8.30pm. It features workshop tutors, the Gabriel Lynam Dancers, Tyrone Comhaltas, and Camross Comhaltas and friends. Tickets are €10 for children and €5 for adults. To book a workshop place contact Crescentia Phelan at 057 87 55283 or 087 136 7889, or email chrisphelan@vodafone.ie.

The workshop fee is €20 (includes concert ticket).