Whistle Workshop – Saturday 28th of March

Inishowen Traditional Music Project (ITMP) will host a Whistle Traditional Music Workshop and Recital tomorrow Saturday 28th of March in the Wee Hall Culdaff.


The Tutors are Michael Carey, Jasmine Lynch and Catherine Smyth.


Michael CareyMichael Carey has played music all around the world performing with trad/modern and rock bands. He has won numerous All Ireland Titles and Slogadh Competitions. He has developed his own style of playing and subtly incorporates musical nuances from other traditional instruments.Tomorrow’s recital promises to be first class entertainment.


Workshop  Details

The Whistle Workshop including the Recital costs 10 euro per student.
Admission to the recital is 5 euro and  10 euro per family group
Workshop runs from 1pm to 3.30pm.
Recital with Michael Carey and Michael Gallinagh runs from 4 to 5.pm.
An open session follows at 5.pm
Venue: Wee Hall Culdaff

To Book a  Workshop place: Contact Roisin at  087 7528639  (int: 00353 87 7528639)

This event follows our successful Harp and Uilleann pipe workshop held last month.  Further workshops are planned by Inishowen Traditional Music Project over the coming months.


ITMP is a voluntary organisation and receives no financial assistance. Many thanks for your continued support.



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Harp and Pipes Workshops – A Great Success

Last Sunday the  Inishowen Traditional Music Project hosted the  first in a series of one day workshops and  recitals planned for  2015.


Laoise Kelly Workshop
Tiarnan Workshop
Laoise Tiarnan Compresses


The students of Harp and Uilleann Pipes were delighted and inspired by the experience. The recital was top class entertainment by two of Ireland’s finest musicians Laoise Kelly (harp) and Tiarnan O Duinnchinn (uileann pipes).  A very fine music session by local and visiting musicians completed the days events.


Stay tuned for details of  the workshop and recital planned for March.








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Harp and Uilleann Pipes Workshops – Sunday 15th February

LaoiseLaoise Kelly (harp) and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn (uilleann pipes) will lead a 2 hour Workshop in McGrory’s Hotel Culdaff County Donegal on Sunday afternoon 15th February from  2pm to 4pm.


The Workshops will be followed by a 1 hour recital by Laoise and Tiarnán from 4.30 to 5.30pm.  The evening will conclude with a general music session from 5.30 to 7pm.


TiarnainLaoise and Tiarnán have been acknowledged individually with numerous awards as two master musicians. This event provides a wonderful opportunity for students and for listeners to hear the best in Irish Traditional Music.


The Workshop including the Recital costs 10 euro per student.
Admission to the recital is 5 euro and  10 euro per family group


To Book a  Workshop place: Contact Roisin at  087 7528639  (int: 00353 87 7528639)


The event is the first of a number of workshops planned by Inishowen Traditional Music Project over the coming months.



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Summer School – Ceol na Coille -21st to 25th of July

Ceol na Coille will run their Annual Traditional Irish Music Summer School in Colaiste Ailigh in Letterkenny from the 21st of July to the 25th of July 2014.  Some of the finest traditional musicians from Ireland and abroad will attend this years Summer School delivering top quality tuition for a wide range of instruments.


A Traditional Singing Workshop will be hosted by the Inishowen Traditional Singers Circle on Wednesday the 23rd of July.




Christmas Singing Session at the North Pole – Friday 13th


Jim-MacFarland-Grace-TolandThe Inishowen Traditional Singers Circle are having their Christmas traditional singing session in the North Pole Bar, Drumfries on Friday 13 December 2013.

Joining them on the night are: Len Graham, the Drogheda Carolans, Colm Doyle, Patricia & Jim Flynn, Maurice Leyden & Jane Cassidy.

 All singers and listeners welcome

Visit Inishowen Singers @http://inishowensinging.ie





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Ceolan Traditional Music Session – Sunday 24th November

Ceolan School of Music

Ceolan School of Music

On Sunday the 24th of November, musicians from  Ceolan School of Traditional Music will be joined by a group of young musicians from Loughbeg Comhaltas Branch in South County Derry for an afternoon session of music and song. The venue is Mc Grory’s Backroom Culdaff and the session starts at 3pm. Ceolan musicians plan a return visit in the New Year.






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Willie Bonner – A Tribute

  An Acknowledgement

The Inishowen Traditional Music Project was established in 1999. From the beginning, Willie  Bonner was a wonderful supporter of the project attending many of the concerts and sessions in Glengad Community Centre and in Mc Grory’s of Culdaff as well as many other singing and music events in the Inishowen Peninsula.

In acknowledging the passing of our good friend Willie Bonner we asked his niece Mary Bonner originally from Boston ,USA  to write the following words about Willie. 


Willie Bonner 5Willie Bonner 1928-2013

Inishowen has lost one of its most loyal music supporters, with the recent passing of Willie Bonner of Portaleen, Malin.

Willie was my uncle. He was a warm, wise and highly respected man.  People came from far and wide to ask for information and advice about boats.  There was nothing about boats Willie did not know.  In recent years, he participated in the building of traditional curraghs, mentoring the group with his knowledge and utilizing his skill of working with his hands.

Throughout his life, Willie travelled extensively throughout Ireland, North and South, as well as Scotland and England.  His destinations were predominantly port towns and fishing villages.  As for places in the world he hadn’t visited, he most certainly read about them.

L-R John, Willie and Mary Bonner

L-R John, Willie and Mary Bonner

Any time I was making travel plans within Ireland or the UK, Willie recommended wonderful places to visit.  I fondly recall a conversation we had before I set off for a tour of the west coast of Scotland, which included a visit to Iona.  Willie described the tranquil and mystical atmosphere of Iona.  To my astonishment, I experienced the same during my time there. We agreed later that neither of us had ever felt anything like the peaceful sensation experienced on Iona. I am so glad we shared this special experience, even though we didn’t visit Iona together.

When it came to travel or anything else, he never steered me wrong!  I am  certain that there are many other who people would be able to say the same about Willie.

In addition to his love of boats, his respect for traditions such as the curraghs, his skill of working with his hands, and his natural interest and curiosity about the world, Willie loved live music.

For many years, Willie was a familiar face at the Inishowen Singing Weekend in Clonmany.  He would also be found at story-telling, art exhibits, plays and especially the music sessions every year since the first Charles Macklin Autumn School in Culdaff in 1990.

He had a genuine appreciation for Inishowen’s local musicians – Tom Byrne,  The Henry Girls and so many more.   He also took special pride in his talented neighbours, Paula and Melanie Houten.

Whenever Mary Black sang in McGrory’s, Willie and I were there.

Willie and Mary at Altan's Concert 2011

Willie and Mary at Altan’s Concert 2011

For many years, we looked forward to our annual night out at the Altan concert between Christmas and New Year at McGrory’s in Culdaff.  No matter how bad the weather and the roads were, Willie was a steadfast member of the audience every year since Altan first played in McGrory’s.

However, Willie’s favourite nights were Fridays in McGrory’s Front Bar.  He would settle into his usual corner seat inside the door. He would take his cap off, fold it and rest it on the seat back behind him.  Later, I would know it was time to go home when the cap was lifted and unfolded.

Willie preferred the quieter nights.  When the bar was crowded and the conversations got loud, he would lament in the fact that there was beautiful music being played in the corner and he could not hear it.  He relished the quiet nights when he could see the fire, say hello to a few familiar faces, and hear the music he loved so much.

Willie was always glad to see Mick Denieffe come through the door with his accordion case and Roisin McGrory with her fiddle, along with John McGrory and often a variety of other musicians who turned up on the night.

Willie Bonner 2 Web SmlWillie loved all the music – the slow melodies and the lively tunes.  But he would always wait for one piece of music in particular,  Ashokan Farewell .    Our conversation stopped as a look of serenity crossed his face when he heard “his song” – always played so beautiful by Roisin McGrory.   Now and then, he would mention, in a calm and matter-of-fact way, that it was the music he wanted as he was escorted from the chapel after his funeral.

So when that day arrived, 21st September 2013, the gifted musicians – Roisin McGrory, Mick Denieffe, Melanie Houten and John McGrory –  whose music he enjoyed countless times over the years-  paid a wonderful tribute to Willie Bonner with one final music session to send him on his way.  And at the end of the service, Willie got his final wish;  Roisin played Ashokan Farewell, the beautiful and bittersweet melody he cherished.


Mary Bonner – November 2013


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