20th Anniversary Festival

It is with great pleasure that I am writing this welcome to our special anniversary celebrations, more so given the turbulent and challenging conditions in which we have found ourselves operating since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

 

Glengormley School of Traditional Music (GSoTM) is a voluntary, community-based arts organisation now in it’s 20th year.

GSoTM was established to promote, for the benefit of the inhabitants of Glengormley and North Belfast and its environs, without distinction of age, sex, race, political, religious or other opinions, the education and training of people in all areas of Irish Traditional Music skills and musicianship and to promote appreciation for, and knowledge of, Irish Traditional Music for the benefit of the general public.

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We are very much a “community” with a very strong emphasis on the social aspect of the school. Giving our pupils the opportunity to come together to play music is and remains one of our objectives.

This Festival will be a culmination of a series of events celebrating the 20th Anniversary of GSoTM, our successes and the opportunity to set out our vision for the future to the wider community. The festival provides the pupils, past pupils, their families and the wider public, the opportunity to take part in a series of events to celebrate the milestone of our 20th Anniversary.

I also wish to thank our funders for the Festival; Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council and those businesses that have taken sponsorship in this programme.  Their support has helped us open the Festival to a wider audience and we very grateful of their ongoing support.

Thank you,

 

Ray Morgan

Chair, Glengormley School of Traditional Music

PROGRAMME

Workshops

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 March 2022

The week will kick off with an intense weekend of traditional music masterclasses with nationally recognised musicians featuring the 10 instruments that are currently being taught in GSoTM.

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Banjo / Mandolin / Guitar

Aaron O'Hagan

Aaron O’Hagan musician , teacher and maker of fine instruments.

Aaron specialises in Uilleann Pipes and Wooden Flutes, teaching and performing regularly on his own instruments.

 

He has been involved in several musical projects over the last few years and toured Europe and America promoting traditional Irish music.  

 

Most recently he has produced  an album of traditional material alongside renowned bouzouki player , Luke Ward “From the Devil’s Punchbowl” which was released at the Ennis Trad festival In November 2021.

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Bodhran

Aaron O'Hagan

Aaron O’Hagan musician , teacher and maker of fine instruments.

Aaron specialises in Uilleann Pipes and Wooden Flutes, teaching and performing regularly on his own instruments.

 

He has been involved in several musical projects over the last few years and toured Europe and America promoting traditional Irish music.  

 

Most recently he has produced  an album of traditional material alongside renowned bouzouki player , Luke Ward “From the Devil’s Punchbowl” which was released at the Ennis Trad festival In November 2021.

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Aaron O'Hagan

Aaron O’Hagan musician , teacher and maker of fine instruments.

Aaron specialises in Uilleann Pipes and Wooden Flutes, teaching and performing regularly on his own instruments.

 

He has been involved in several musical projects over the last few years and toured Europe and America promoting traditional Irish music.  

 

Most recently he has produced  an album of traditional material alongside renowned bouzouki player , Luke Ward “From the Devil’s Punchbowl” which was released at the Ennis Trad festival In November 2021.

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Concertina

Aaron O'Hagan

Aaron O’Hagan musician , teacher and maker of fine instruments.

Aaron specialises in Uilleann Pipes and Wooden Flutes, teaching and performing regularly on his own instruments.

 

He has been involved in several musical projects over the last few years and toured Europe and America promoting traditional Irish music.  

 

Most recently he has produced  an album of traditional material alongside renowned bouzouki player , Luke Ward “From the Devil’s Punchbowl” which was released at the Ennis Trad festival In November 2021.

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Fiddle

Conor Caldwell

Conor Caldwell is a musician, researcher,

and lecturer.

 

He is best known as one half of the fiddle duo NORTH, as well as a member of the folk group Craobh Rua, and the international artistic ensemble Oran Bagraidh.

 

Outside of playing and teaching music, Conor has published a number of books and essays on various aspects of the tradition, particularly fiddle music and dancing in county Donegal.

 

He has worked as a researcher on a number of television programmes, most notably Se Mo Laoch (TG4), Cosáin Cheoil (BBC Alba/RTÉ0, and The Northern Fiddler (BBC Gaeilge/TG4). 

The new GSOTM polos are ready for the Antrim Fleadh

Flute

Aaron O'Hagan

Aaron O’Hagan musician , teacher and maker of fine instruments.

Aaron specialises in Uilleann Pipes and Wooden Flutes, teaching and performing regularly on his own instruments.

 

He has been involved in several musical projects over the last few years and toured Europe and America promoting traditional Irish music.  

 

Most recently he has produced  an album of traditional material alongside renowned bouzouki player , Luke Ward “From the Devil’s Punchbowl” which was released at the Ennis Trad festival In November 2021.

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Harp

Grainne Meyer

Harpist and Pianist Gráinne Meyer has recently completed a postgraduate diploma in classical and Irish traditional music at the TU Dublin conservatoire of music, receiving tuition from Cliona Doris, Denise Kelly and Gráinne Hambly.

 

She previously received an honours music degree from the University of York, where she was awarded the Thomas Beecham scholarship.

 

As a traditional musician Gráinne has won multiple All Ireland and Ulster medals.

 

As well as performing, Gráinne is in demand as a teacher and is harp tutor for City of Belfast School of Music, Glengormley School of traditional Music, Dun Uladh, Omagh Comhaltas and Ceoltoiri Crosskeys.

 

Gráinne is also musical director of the award winning Elver Harp Ensemble and the Comhaltas “Mind and Music” Orchestra.

 

Her arrangements have been recently featured on Classic FM and RTÉ. 

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Tin Whistle

Maria Rafferty

Maria is a Tin whistle player, fluter and singer from Belfast and has been a part of the Traditional Irish Music scene in the city from 1987.

 

Primarily a session player in her younger years, she is also a past member of many local bands and groups, ranging from Folk, toTraditional Irish Music groups  to singing groups/circles and choirs.

 

Trained through McPeake School of Music, and having had the opportunity to spend many years in the company of well known and respected musicians from the locality, Maria is very thankful of the large repertoire of music she has acquired and now shares this with the many students she teaches in the greater Belfast area and beyond.

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Uilleann Piping

Aaron O'Hagan

Aaron O’Hagan is a musician, teacher and maker of fine instruments.

Aaron specialises in Uilleann Pipes and Wooden Flutes, teaching and performing regularly on his own instruments.

 

He has been involved in several musical projects over the last few years and toured Europe and America promoting traditional Irish music.  

 

Most recently he has produced an album of traditional material alongside renowned bouzouki player, Luke Ward, “From the Devil’s Punchbowl”, which was released at the Ennis Trad Festival In November 2021.

Talks

Monday 14, Wednesday 16 & Friday 18 March 2022
Barron Hall, Antrim Road, Glengormley

A series of talks on Antrim Fiddle Playing, Flute and Fife, and the History of Traditional Music.

Antrim Fiddle Playing

Details to follow

Flute and Fife

Details to follow

History of Traditional Music

Details to follow

Performances

The life of St Patrick

Tuesday 15 March 2022, TIME: TBC
St Bernard’s Church, Antrim Road, Glengormley

An ecumenical service celebrating the life of St Patrick in music, song, dance and word.

St Patrick Social

Tuesday 15 March 2022, TIME: TBC
St Bernard’s Parish Centre, Antrim Road, Glengormley

A social evening celebrating St Patrick through music, song, dance and word.

Feast of St Patrick Mass

Thursday 17 March 2022, 11am Mass
St Bernard’s Church, Antrim Road, Glengormley

An ecumenical service marking the Feast of St Patrick with students from Glengormley School of Traditional Music providing the music for the service.

St Patrick’S Day NI Hospice

Thursday 17 March 2022, various locations & times
Students from Glengormley School of Traditional Music will be visiting the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and Northern Ireland Hospice to bring Traditional Music to the residents and visitors at their local centres. (Visit strictly subject to Covid-19 regulations)

20th Anniversary concert

TBC
Theatre at The Mill, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey

Current, and past, pupils and teachers of Glengormley School of Traditional Music come together to celebrate with an evening of music.

Traditional Music Sessions

TBC

Traditional Music Family Funday

TBC

Glengormley School of Traditional Music wishes to thank all of our funders students, their families and the local, and wider, community for all their support over the last 20 years and look forward to the future development of Traditional Music in the years to come.

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