A monthly gathering of young harpers at the Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol to play a mix of traditional and contemporary tunes under the leadership of our tutor Deirdre Ni Bhuachalla.
About Deirdre Ni Bhuachalla
Deirdre is an experienced professional harpist and harp tutor based in Dundalk, Co.Louth, Ireland. She has been teaching Irish harp and associated musicianship both privately and in schools on a part-time basis since 1998. At the age of 7, she began her harp studies with Siobhán Ní Dhúill in Gaelscoil na Cille, Ashbourne, Co.Meath. She furthered her studies under the expertiese of Nancy Calthorpe, Evelyn Hearns and Denise Kelly Mc Donnell at DKIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, in Dublin.
She is currently teaching Harp for Music Generation Louth (LMETB formerly VEC). She is also involved in her local branch (Craobh DHún Dealgan) of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann where she teaches traditional Irish Music on Harp, and in partnership with a colleague, a Traditional Ensemble group (under 12 Grúpa Cheoil) which have succeeded in achieving 1st Place in the All-Ireland Fleadh in Derry City in 2013.
She has performed across Europe including two consecutive years as Harpist to the Irish Delegation attending the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany. She had the priviledge of playing on numerous occasions in Áras an Uachtarán (Residence of the President of Ireland) during the first term of office of President McAleese, on behalf of DIT Conservatory of Music and as a representative of Feis Ceoil.
REHEARSAL SCHEDULE 2015/16
Thursday rehearsals will take place for the full ensemble at the Oriel Centre, Dundalk from 6.15pm to 7.45pm on the following dates:
3 Sept; 8 Oct, 5 Nov, 3 Dec 2015; 4 Feb, 3 Mar, 7, Apr, 5 May 2016.
Saturday rehearsals will take place 10.30am -11.30am for primary school age members and 11am – 12pm for post primary school age members on the following dates:
19 Sept, 17 Oct, 21 Nov and 5 Dec 2015 (Christmas Concert); 16 Jan, 20 Feb, 12 Mar, 23 April, 21 May 2016.
Annual membership fees for 2015/16 = €30 for Music Generation Louth harp students and €50 for all other students. Fees at due the start of term 1 (3 September 2015) and at the beginning of term 2 (16 January 2016). Please note we can presently only accept payment by cash/cheque. Cheques should be made payable to the LMETB.