Shauna Loughran

Reporter:

Shauna Loughran

DUNLOY Comhaltas provides music tuition to young people and adults through our Irish traditional music classes. Dunloy Comhaltas has a proud history of traditional music within the area with many competing at County, Provincial and All-Ireland standard.

The most recent Seisiún was held in Cloughmills Corner House

Children and adult members from Dunloy Comhaltas played with other learners and more experienced musicians who came for the evening. (A traditional music Session is ‘an informal gathering of Irish musicians for the purpose of playing music’).

2019 will be a busy year for our branch as it hosts the Antrim Fleadh (9th -12th May) and plan to organise other community events later this year.

Participation in music, song and cultural events is a central part of its small community.

The development and continuation of these opportunities are only possible through the generous support of local businesses, organisations and individuals.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (pronounced KOHL-tuss KYOHL-TOE-ree AYren) is Irish for “Irish Musicians’ Association” and is often known simply as “Comhaltas” or CCÉ

Classes in Accordion, Banjo, Bodhrán, Fiddle, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Mandolin, Singing and Tin Whistle, are open to all.

During 2018 members had the opportunity to showcase these skills at more than 30 events and competitions outside of classes, some of which can be seen on the social media site https://www.facebook.com/cce.dunlathai

It is their aim to continue and enhance this creative skills development for the young people within the area and expand the opportunities for them and the wider public to benefit from the cultural and economic opportunities that engagement with arts, culture and heritage can bring.

They have also been involved in organising cross - community events, including the recently successful Mind and Music Initiative.

Thanks must go to Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council. Dunloy Comhaltas made a successful application to their 2018 -19 Culture, Arts and Heritage Grant Scheme.

The grant received enabled us to restructure fees and enable costs of tuition to be kept to a minimum.

Dunloy Comhaltas would like to thank everyone who took part in all our sessions and events during the year.

It proves that the area is bursting with talent and culture.

They would also like to thank family, friends and visitors for their help and support and all those who work behind the scenes and keep te show on the road.

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