The Drumshanbo Students’ Annual Irish Music Charity Concert returns this year on 4 March at The Mayflower, Drumshanbo.
The concert is special not only because the proceeds will go to DVAS (Domestic Violence Advocacy Service) and 24/7 Family Carers in North Leitrim, but also because it is the culmination of a year of mentoring and community development. music.
13 students meet five days a week at Drumshanbo, each week to learn Irish music, develop tunes and immerse themselves in traditional Irish culture.
Students come from all over Ireland and tutor Mossie Martin says next September’s class is already full and there is a waiting list for the following year.
The traditional music course was established in 1997 and attracts people from very different backgrounds, age groups and skill levels.
The MSLETB course is QQI Level 5 accredited and students are eligible for VTOS funding.
Aoife Ní Heochaidh, originally from Tallaght, has moved locally and said the course has “changed her life”, she plays several instruments and hopes to use what she learns here in her future career.
Christina Ginter from Austria moved to Leitrim after attending Joe Mooney Summer School for several years. Christina’s husband took this course first and Christina said she was looking forward to getting involved. She said the course allowed her to “immerse herself in Irish culture”. She said she made so many connections and friendships through music.
Students will also travel to Barcelona this year as part of a fully-funded European Erasmus programme.
Aislinn Gheal’s benefit concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4.
Tickets are €10 available at the door, Drumshanbo post office and from any student.
Marie Eames-McGowan said 24/7 family carers are excited to be up and running again after covid and need the money from this concert to rent a venue and allow carers to participate in activities.
You can also donate to charities on www.idonate.ie and search for traditionalcourse22.
If you would like to find out more about the VTOS funded course you can email: [email protected] or contact Sean Bailey on 086-0624200 or [email protected]