Cruinniú na bhFliúít was founded in 2006 in Baile Bhuirne, in the Muscraí Gaeltacht. Its main focus is to provide a unique, relaxed environment for teaching and
Cruinniú na bhFliúít was founded in 2006 in Baile Bhuirne, in the Muscraí Gaeltacht. Its main focus is to provide a unique, relaxed environment for teaching and sharing the music of the traditional Irish flute with enthusiasts from all over the globe. The cruinniú consistently features the finest Irish flute teachers. Classes are aimed at intermediate and advanced students and take place over three mornings, Thursday to Saturday. Class numbers are small, with a maximum of twelve students per class. Students get to experience the teaching styles of each teacher over the three days of the cruinniú.
Unlike other teaching festivals, classes are not graded. The cruinniú’s approach considers that a musician’s holistic understanding of the tradition, and the wooden flute’s place in it, is of greater importance than technical ability. Every student takes something different from each class, regardless of their level. While new tunes are of course taught at Cruinniú na bhFliúít, the emphasis is on expanding the student’s awareness of how the music is played, broadening technical abilities, helping to enrich the playing of the repertoire students already know.
As well as classes with teachers, the festival also includes:
- Lectures on many diverse aspects of the flute in the Irish tradition
- Concerts and showcases, featuring some of the best performers, old and new, in the Irish traditional flute world
- Open discussions and question and answer sessions
- Interviews, both live and recorded with significant figures in the flute tradition
- Opportunities to engage with other related flute traditions
- Launches of relevant books and recordings
- The Saturday night Fluter’s Ball featuring the week’s flute teachers and visiting players
This year’s teachers are: Liam Kelly, Barry Kerr (pictured above), Mike McGoldrick, Geraldine MacNamara, Bríd O’Gorman and Céin Sweeney.
Special guests include Matt Molloy and John Carty, Claire Fennell and Deirdre Hurley, and Séamus Tansey.
Full fee payable in advance – €170 for adults – €100 for under 18. Under 18 places limited.
For more information, see www.flutemeet.org
20 (Wednesday) 9:00 pm - 23 (Saturday) 10:00 am