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The Christmas session is on next Sunday 17th at 6.00 in McNamees Bar, Bride St Loughrea, the tunes listed below will be played at the session so make sure to practice them, the junior session will be followed by a senior session, family and friends are welcome to come along.
We are holding open sessions over the next few weeks for all our junior members and any other junior musicians who would like to come along and join us, all welcome. First session is Sunday 19th November in the Temperance Hall from 11.00 - 12.00. We will be going over some old tunes we have done in the past as well as some new ones. We will be holding a pub session on the 10th December possibly at 5.00 at a venue to be confirmed followed by a session by our senior members. This will be a chance for our juniors to play for their family and friends, it is important that you try to attend all the sessions so you can take a full part in the final session.
Solo / Duet / Trio Entries for Galway Fleadh 2017
Anybody entering solo, duet or trio competitions at the Galway fleadh, must have entries at next Sunday's practice on 9th April, download the entry form below and complete in Irish, entries are €2 per person per competition, put completed entry forms and fees in an envelope and give to the tutor, this is the last day for entries, we will be posting the entries on Monday, you have to enter for these competitions through the branch.
If you just want to be in a grupai cheoil or ceili band your entry fees are paid by the branch.
Fleadh Practice Schedule
Practice for the Galway fleadh starts on Sunday 12th March, see schedule
The monthly session for adult members continues on Sunday March 12th at 5.30pm in McNamees Bar, Loughrea.
Fleadh Grupai Cheoil / Ceili Bands
Registration and auditions for our fleadh groups take place on Sunday February 26th at 11.00 sharp in the Temperance Hall, Loughrea. If you are unable to attend or want any information, ring 0851741684
The Galway fleadh takes place on May 20th - 21st in Portumna
Session in Kilcolgan
Branch member Rosie Burke the current Galway Rose is organising an evening music in Rafterys Rest, Kilcolgan on Saturday evening January 28th, it is a fundraiser for the children's chernobyl project, the evening will start with a bluegrass / jazz session followed by a trad session which should start at around 7.30, the evening will finish with Michael Burke and Two Socks and a Toothbrush, it should be a great evening, come along and support.
Concert in an TaibhdhearcSee details for concert on Friday, concert program, we have 18 on board at the moment so hope to see you all.
Some of the notes below if you need to look at them, I can get anything else if needed.
Congress / Miss Monaghans / Glass of Beer Notes
Maud Millar / Hare in the Corn Notes
Grupai cheoil 2015 Notes
Our last junior session before Christmas will take place on Sunday 11th December at 4.30 in McNamees Bar, Loughrea, all the tunes covered at the Sunday morning sessions will be played so get practicing them, bring along family and friends, it is a busy time of year for everybody but make the effort to get there, our monthly adult session will follow at 5.30
This is the last of our Sunday morning autumn sessions, we hope to have a session in the next two weeks possibly on a Sunday evening where we can play the new tunes, details to follow, a big thanks to our guest tutors Clara and Rebecca Finnerty, Lisa Whelan, Paul Holohan,Shauna Coppinger, Sinead Tully and Leo Larkin, the tunes covered in the sessions are below:
Portumna are hosting next years Galway fleadh and are holding a fundraising concert on Friday 2nd December, our branch have been asked to take part, we hope to put a group together from our secondary school group attending the sessions.
2nd Autumn Session
The second autumn session takes place Sunday 23rd October in the Temperance Hall, Loughrea starting at 11.00, each week we hope to have some of our senior grupai cheoil take one of the groups at the session starting this Sunday.
Guinness World Record
There will be a Guinness World record attempt at the Cooley-Collins festival in Gort on Saturday 29th October in Sullivans Hotel at 4.00pm, they are trying to get the most people playing music together, musicians must be playing the tunes at the same time, the group will be playing three tunes see notes Every musician will get personalised cert confirming their participation, the last attempt was only a few musicians short so hopefully they will be successful this time.
1st Autumn Session
Tunes covered at the first session below, the two groups did both tunes, next session is Sunday October 23rd at 11.00, we hope to get different tutors each week at the sessions.
Our autumn sessions return on Sunday next October 16th in the Temperance Hall, Loughrea from 11.00 - 12.00, these are open sessions so new members are welcome. It is important all juniors attend these sessions to increase the session music in our groups. List below are some tunes from the last sessions.
The Galway fleadh takes place next weekend 14th / 15th May in Glenamaddy, the Glenamaddy Community School and Glenamaddy Community Centre are the two main venues for this year's County Fleadh, if anybody is competing in solo competitions see the schedules for Saturday and Sunday below,
The senior sessions continue on Sunday next 1st May in McNamees Bar, Loughrea from 5.30 - 7.30, this is the sixth monthly session with good numbers attending, any senior musicians are welcome to join us. This is a monthly session held at the same time, same place on the first Sunday of each month.
We Banjo 3 Video
We banjo 3 are making a video on Saturday next April 16th in Galway and would like to invite musicians to join with them, senior and junior musicians are welcome and wear bright summer clothes if possible, meeting at Powells in Shop Street at 10.30, contact 0876846646 for further details.
Solo / Duet / Trio Entries for Galway Fleadh
Anybody entering solo, duet or trio competitions must have entries at next Sunday's practice on 17th April, download the entry form below and complete in Irish, entries are €2 per person per competition, put completed entry forms and fees in an envelope and give to the tutor, this is the last day for entries, if you are are just in a grupai cheoil or ceili band entry fees are paid by the branch.
Updated Fleadh Practice Schedule
The Galway fleadh takes place in Glenamaddy on the 14th / 15th May 2016
We have had to change the practice schedule and length of each session as many of the 15-18 group had problems with the Friday evenings, we are sorry about these changes and hope it will not cause too many problems, see full schedule below, we need a full attendance at practices and please be on time to avoid disrupting the class. There will be one extra class held midweek after Easter depending on what suits most people, if you have any problem attending get in contact with your group tutor, all practices take place in the Temperance Hall, Loughrea.
Tutor for all grupai cheoil is Yvonne Barrett 0872824184 / Tutor for Ceili Bands is Ferdie Whelan 086 8847449
St Patrick's Day Session
The branch are holding a session for all senior musicians in McNamees Bar, Loughrea on St Patrick's day starting at 5.30, all welcome.
Fleadh Groups / 2016 Registration
The Galway fleadh takes place in Glenamaddy on the 14th / 15th May 2016. Each year the Kilnadeema branch enters groups in the three age categories: under 12, 12-15 and 15-18. There are two group competitions in Comhaltas, ceili band and grupai cheoil. A ceili band must have ten members while a grupai cheoil can have up to twenty members playing a wide variety of music and instruments. In order for the tutors to know which group each child is suitable for, they listen to each child individually play any tune of their choice, usually an easy tune played well is better than struggling with a difficult tune. Anybody interested in being part of a group for the fleadh should be in the Temperance Hall, Loughrea on Sunday next February 21st at 10.30. A full practice schedule will be drawn up when we know the exact numbers taking part, in other years we held ten practices on Sunday mornings in the Temperance Hall, the first practice is scheduled for Sunday March 6th.
We are recruiting new members at the moment as long as they are not currently part of another branch, we have always accepted musicians of all abilities and have always tried to include them in our groups, for further information call 0851741684.
Everybody taking part has to be a member of Comhaltas for insurance reasons, junior membership is €6 for the year, we will be collecting it on Sunday next February 21st.
The senior sessions continue on Sunday next 7th February in McNamees Bar, Loughrea from 5.00 - 7.00, the first two sessions were a great success with 12 and 15 musicians attending, any senior musicians are welcome to join us. This is a monthly session held at the same time, same place on the first Sunday of each month.
Village Theatre Concert
We are holding a concert in the Village Theatre, Carrabane on Friday 29th of January starting at 8.00pm. The concert will feature music from our junior members as well as our senior mummer group who won at the Galway Mummer Festival in New Inn recently. The mummer show will feature music, song, storytelling, solo dancing, the All-Ireland winning set dancers from Abbeyknockmoy as well as some starring roles from budding actors as never seen before. Admission to the concert is €5 please support.
Tunes for Junior Groups in Village Theatre Concert
National School Group
1 Around the Fairy Fort / Lucy Farr's Barndance Notes
2 Up Leitrim Notes
3 Sunny Banks Notes
4 Seven Noble Men / Haunted House Notes
Secondary School Group
1 Kevin O'Loughlins / Miss Walsh Notes
2 Tarbolton Set Notes
3 Wishing Well Notes
New Inn Mummer Festival
The annual mummer festival in New Inn took place on Saturday 2nd January. After a long absence many of the old crew were back on stage again along with a few who came through the junior ranks in the last few years. Kilnadeema got a well deserved first place after a lively performance of top class music, song, dance and storytelling. We were joined this year by the fabulous set dancers from Abbeyknockmoy and step dancer Conor from Headford who was a late sub. Individual winners in the group were best flute player - Yvonne Barrett, best storyteller - Mark Holohan, best performer in group was Keith the set and brush dancer from Abbeyknockmoy.
Autumn Session Music
The last of our Autumn sessions takes place next Sunday 6th December, from 4.00 to 5.00, in McNamees Bar, Bride St. Loughrea (on Ballinasloe side of O’Deas Hotel) We have had five Sunday morning sessions with both groups now able to play plenty of music for a session. Everybody should try to attend next week and bring along family and friends.
Updated 10th January 2017