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Dublin Irish Festival

Academy classes teach Irish culture and music


The Dublin Irish Festival Academy will offer opportunities to learn about Irish culture and music during the annual Irish festival.

Academy classes are slated to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin for everyone ages 12 and older.

Academy classes include:

• Seamus Egan of the band Solas will offer a flute class. Egan plays the tin whistle, flute, banjo, mandolin and guitar. Egan currently plays Celtic folk music with Solas, who is set to play the festival each day.

• Advanced Irish fiddle lessons will come from Solas band member Winnie Horan.

The Irish dancer has education in classical and traditional music and has played with many Irish musicians.

• Enda Scahill of We Banjo 3 will teach the Irish tenor banjo.

The Galway born musician has played with several bands and has published his own Irish Tenor Banjo tutorial which has become the best selling lesson on the market.

• Mick Conneely will teach the Irish fiddle.

The musician has played with bands and on his own, as well as teaching fiddle and bouzouki classes at festivals and schools such as the Willie Clancy Summer School and Catskills Irish Arts Week.

• Ireland-born David Munnelly will instruct accordion lessons.

The member of Loose Connections has also played and toured with bands such as the Chieftains and Sharon Shannon.

• Beginning Bodhran lessons will be taught by Michael Vignoles.

Vignoles is an internationally known instrument maker and will provide bodhrans for the lesson or the Irish drum will be available for purchase.

Registration for classes is $50 and includes a one-day ticket to the festival. For more information, look online at dublinirish festival.org/academy/.

The Dublin Irish Festival runs Aug. 1-3 at Coffman Park.