Please note, in the interest of Health & Safety, we ask that tickets for all events are booked in advance, either online or at Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair. Limited seating available
MONDAY 27th DECEMBER
OFFICIAL OPENING OF SCHOOL including exhibition and CD launch An Gailearaí, Údarás Business Park, 5.00pm
EVENING CONCERT: Oíche Ceoil na gConallach “AN GLÚIN NUA” Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair. 8.30pm
Gaoth Dobhair is enjoying a new wave of top-class musicians and singers, who have continued embracing the rich music tradition of Gaoth Dobhair. Performances on the night include emerging masters of the tradition: Megan Nic Fhionghaile, Nia Ní Bheirn, and Crann Óg, with very special guest, Dermot Byrne
TUESDAY 28th DECEMBER
LECTURE: “Forgotten Music” Uncovers the popular dance music of the early twentieth century An Gailearaí, Údarás Business Park Na Doirí Beaga, 2.30pm | An illustrated talk by Conor Caldwell
EVENING CONCERT: The SíFiddlers and surprise guests Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair Na Doirí Beaga, 8.30pm
The SíFiddlers are a group of 13 female Donegal fiddlers celebrating the healthy state of female fiddling in Donegal at present. This group brings together some of the finest fiddlers from Glencolmcille to Inishowen and everywhere inbetween to represent a huge tradition in Donegal.
In the autumn of 2019 the SíFiddlers ventured into the recording studio to produce their debut album showcasing some of the most popular and better known Donegal repertoire from all parts of the county; North, South, East and West.
Wednesday 29th DECEMBER
MUSIC TEACHER WORKSHOP:
Teach Traditional Music more Creatively
An Chrannóg Na Doirí Beaga, 2.00pm Presented by Dr Liz Doherty of iteachtrad.com
Afternoon Concert: DAOIRÍ FARRELL with special guests STEPH GEREMIA & MÁNUS LUNNY Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair Na Doirí Beaga, 3.30pm
Daoirí Farrell has received huge recognition with his TWO albums ‘The First Turn’, and ‘True Born Irishman’, which resulted in BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Best Traditional Track and Best Newcomer, and performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Wednesday Evening 29th DECEMBER
Evening Concert: Celebrating the Music & Songs of Steve Cooney with distinguished guests Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair Na Doirí Beaga, 8.30pm
‘Master Cooney restores the ancient link between lyre and lyric, between poetry and performance, the rhapsody and rascality’ – Séamus Heaney
Steve Cooney is well-known for his development of an influential style of guitar accompaniment to traditional Irish dance music which he developed in West Kerry,. Following on from his debut solo abum, Ceol Ársa Cláirsí: Tunes of the Irish Harpers for Solo Guitar, Steve has been inundated with praise, receiving Gradam TG4 composer of the year for 2021, as well as the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement in 2020.
Special guest, for what wil be an exceptional evening of music and song include Cormac Breatnach & Maitiú Ó Caside. More to follow
Thursday 30th DECEMBER
Afternoon Concert: LAOISE KELLY, MICK O’BRIEN & GABRIEL McARDLE Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair Na Doirí Beaga, 3.30pm
Laoise Kelly is one of Ireland’s leading traditional harpers and has performed and recorded with the foremost artists in Irish music from The Chieftains to Kate Bush. She has 3 critically acclaimed solo albums, and is the director of the Achill International Harp Festival. In 2020 Laoise was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Musician of the year.
Special guests are Dublin acclaimed piper, Mick O’Brien & Fermanagh singer Gabriel McArdle
Thursday 30th DECEMBER
Evening Concert: ALTAN Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair Na Doirí Beaga, 8.30pm
The spirit and sound of Altan comes from the deep and rich musical tradition of their native Co. Donegal. Their vision was to bring the unique repertoire of Donegal music to the world, and the rest is history! It gives Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair great delight having them perform for us this. Always a memorable night of song, music and joy!
FRIDAY 31st DECEMBER
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SATURDAY 1st JANUARY
Afternoon Concert: SEISIÚN AMHRÁNAÍOCHTA BEO AR LÍNE
An Bun Beag, 3pm
A regular event at Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair, which is a relaxed way to start the year where the audience have an opportunity to experience the richness of the Donegal singing tradition.
Due to current restrictions this event will be happening online only, and is free of charge
This Event is Free
Exhibition opening times: every day of Scoil Gheimhridh 1pm – 5pm.
‘Mol an Óige agus Toicfaidh an Ceol’
As part of the annual celebrations at Scoil Gheimhridh, An Gailearaí, Gaoth Dobhair will host an exciting and vibrant exhibition by the renowned Belfast based artist Liam de Frinse. The work exhibited demonstrates the artists’ various approaches to printing and painting, his pure eloquence with colour and his immense sense of fun too. The dynamism and colour are a real tonic for the soul. To embrace this year’s theme of ‘passing on the skills’ the artist will deliver 2 ‘Printing for Beginners’ workshops. Please see listings for further information.