Réalta Geala is a group of young Irish traditional musicians from the greater Boston area associated with the CCE Boston Music School. They were one of the up-to-four bands allowed to compete from the United States. This is a great honor for the musicians and our Comhaltas organization is very proud of their accomplishments.
A lively group of set dancers and visiting musicians kicked off our September seisiun at the Canadian-American Hall in Watertown and everyone expressed their delight in seeing Phyllis Reynolds who stopped in to visit. Our next seisiun is Sunday, October 5th.
Letting you know, we are not having a seisiun on Sunday November 2nd as the Can-Am Club is holding their annual fundraiser. I encourage you to come along on that day to support them. Visit www.canadianamericanclub.com as details develop.
Our Music School enrollment is very strong – especially youth involvement. There is a Trad Youth Exchange Program planned in November. We will match 15 young musicians in the Boston area to 15 musicians from Tulog Ceili Band in County Clare to learn tunes, play together, and pass along the tradition.
The Tulog group, led by renowned concertina player Mary MacNamara, will travel to Boston to visit and perform Nov. 5-10. We then plan to send 15 youths selected from our Realta Geala ensemble & beyond to Ireland in Feb. 2015.
The fundraising goal is $16,000 to help defray costs for our families. This is a worthy undertaking and we need your help! Kindly send Trad Youth Exchange donations to Michael Hickey, 100 Woodpecker Rd., Stoughton, MA 02072. Make check payable to CCE Boston Music School. We are a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization.
I trust all who attended the Scoil Éigse and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo enjoyed the experience and captured lots of great memories in Ireland. Congratulations to Pat Hutchinson who won first place in the O18 Uilleann Pipes/Slow Airs.
Pat is a uilleann pipes teacher at our Music School.
The Music School fall semester gets underway on Sat., Sept. 13th. A huge welcome to Caroline O’Shea who’ll teach flute/whistle. She has also accepted the position of School Administrator. We’re delighted to have Tina Lech returning to teach fiddle and Kathleen Conneely joining us to teach tin whistle classes at all levels. For more info on new/old class offerings, faculty/registration/tuition, etc., visit the Music School website.
I am pleased to announce, after much deliberation, Audrey Bulger was selected to be the recipient of the 2014 Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship.
Plans for the Scholarship Fundraiser are still in the making.
Looking forward to our kick-off Seisiún on Sunday, September 28th at the Canadian-American Hall in Watertown. Hope to see many of you there . . . encourage others to join us.