World-class researchers and performers share their knowledge and expertise with you in accessible, illustrated talks on diverse subjects relevant to historical Gaelic music: evidence of how the early Irish harpers performed, in-depth looks at surviving instruments, history and much more.
Interactive events on a wide variety of subjects — many hands-on — led by expert researchers and players, helping you to learn and develop your own understanding and expertise.
These relaxed, interview-style sessions allow you to listen to, and question, recognised master musicians in the living Gaelic tradition. Listening to their embedded knowledge and style — often honed over generations in a family — should help you make your own music making more authentically Gaelic.
Join your fellow IN-PERSON festival goers in Kilkenny for social tea breaks — the heart of our festival — where you can relax, chat, and share ideas, meet Scoil 'family' and new friends. Join ONLINE festival goers in our Zoom Tea Room twice a day, and in an end-of-day social hour especially for our ONLINE festival goers.
Beginner+ to professional level. NEW for 2023: more hands-on time each day! Develop your practical skills under the guidance of some of the world’s best-known tutors. Join one of four simultaneous daily live sessions, and access videos of ALL the others from August to December 2023. N.B. All kinds of harps are welcome in these sessions!
A festival service to connect you to expert, international tutors for one-to-one coaching, tailored to your exact needs and wishes, at a time to suit you. Suitable for Beginner+ to professional players. Click on 'One-to-one Coaching' in the navigation bar at the top of the page to learn more.
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Scoil na gCláirseach is proud to be supported by the Festival Investment Scheme of An Chomhairle Ealaíon / The Arts Council of Ireland.
This project is funded by the Kilkenny Creative Ireland Programme 2023.