Slow Session Tunes for February

A couple of slides have been added to the set list for the adult slow session and will be played at our next session on 7th February. You can access sheet music and slow audio formats from our Downloads page.

Thanks to everybody who came out to our January sessions to play, sing, dance and remember one of our founder members, Jimmy Bradley. Three great sessions to start the new year.

January 2019 Update

Our first monthly sessions of 2019 take place on Thursday, 3rd January, in the Creagh Suite at The Elk. Junior session is at 7:15pm, the slow session for adults from 8:15pm and the senior session starts around 9:30pm. Admission is £3 and a light supper will be served – everybody welcome.
Also, our classes resume on Saturday, 5th January, in Anahorish Primary School. Times will be the same as last term and we’ll be open for registration from 10:15am. Fees for the 12 week term remain the same as well – £40 per class and £30 for additional classes or family members. There are still spaces available in most classes – enquiries welcome via our Contact Us page.

End of Year 2018

We concluded our activities for 2018 on Saturday with a couple of performances. Firstly, we had our annual Christmas concert where all our classes played with their tutors for friends and family at Anahorish Primary School. Then, after a quick lunch, a group of about 25 of our musicians entertained the senior citizens of the parish at their Christmas dinner in the Newbridge GAC hall. Thanks to everyone who came out in such large numbers to support both events.
Classes resume again on Saturday, 5th January, and our first session of the new year will be held in The Elk on Thursday, 3rd January.
More pictures are available at our Gallery page


Music for Youth Proms 2018

A couple of our junior members had the amazing experience of performing in the Royal Albert Hall on 6th November as members of the St. Mary’s Grammar School traditional group at the Music for Youth Proms. Caoimhe O’Kane, Roise McCloy and the rest of Cumann Ceoil Naomh Mhuire performed brilliantly and received a great reception from the packed hall. Many friends and family members travelled to London and enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining show comprising a wide variety of musical talent.

Our thanks to Miss Una Donnelly and the staff at St. Mary’s for providing this fantastic opportunity for the youngsters and for their organisation and preparation of the children for the trip. A short clip of the end of their set is available here.

October 2018 News

We had a very successful first session of the season on 4th October with large numbers of musicians at the junior, slow and senior sessions. We also took the opportunity to celebrate the achievement of Caitriona Lagan in winning the All-Ireland U-12 mandolin competition back in August, and were delighted to be able to make a presentation to her, on behalf of the branch, in recognition of her success.

The next set of tunes for the slow session has been uploaded in audio and sheet music formats to our Downloads page. Something different this month – a couple of slip jigs, Deirdre’s Fancy and The Dusty Miller.

Classes are also going well, and following the class on 20th October there will be a break for Halloween, with the next class being on 10th November.

Our AGM will be held in The Elk on Wednesday, 24th October, at 7:00pm. We would encourage as many members as possible to attend as this is an important forum for discussing branch development, activities and plans for the coming year. New members are also welcome, especially parents of children attending our classes who would like to find out more or be involved in the running of the group. Membership fees for 2018/19 are due on or before this date as registration is being submitted to the county board following the meeting.

October 2018 Session

With classes now under way, we’re having our first monthly session of the 2018/19 season in the Creagh Suite at The Elk on Thursday, 4th October. Session times are the same as last year (juniors at 7:30pm, slow session at 8:15pm and senior session at 9:00pm), but supper will now be served at the earlier time of 9:30pm. Admission to the slow and senior sessions is £3 and everyone is welcome.

Trad for Trocaire 2018

As part of the ‘Trad for Trocaire’ fundraising initiative, we were pleased to be able to provide some music at the Saturday evening and Sunday morning masses in Newbridge on 29th and 30th September. Thanks to Fr. Fox for the opportunity to perform, and to the parishioners who generously donated a total of £627.86 to this worthy cause. Well done to all our young musicians and thanks, also, to those who helped with the collections.

Grade Exam Results

Belated congratulations to these three girls who all got Distinctions in their grade exams a few months ago.
Darcie Conway – Grade 4 Banjo
Caitriona Lagan – Grade 6 Banjo
Roise McCloy – Grade 8 Piano and Grade 8 Tin Whistle 


Classes – Autumn Term 2018

Our weekly music classes resume on Saturday, 15th September, in Anahorish Primary School. Registration for the classes will take place in the school on Saturday, 8th September, between 10:30am and 11:30am. It’s important that anyone hoping to attend our classes (including returning pupils) comes along to the registration morning to both guarantee their place and to facilitate the timetabling of the classes for the following week.
We’re currently offering classes in tin whistle/flute, fiddle, banjo/mandolin, concertina, harp, bodhran and piano accompaniment. Subject to demand, we may also consider arranging classes in other instruments, so email or send a pm on our Facebook page with any suggestions or queries – committee members will also be available to advise at the registration morning. All abilities, including beginners, will be catered for in all of our classes and a small number of instruments may be available to hire. The all-ability classes in concertina and banjo/mandolin will start at 10:30am each week. The bodhran class will be at 11:15am as will the classes for both beginner and improver fiddle. The class timetable for tin whistle/flute and harp/piano accompaniment will be finalised following registration.
The cost of the 12 week autumn term is £45 which includes a discounted membership fee of £5 per child. Additional family members will pay £35 (again including membership fee) while the cost of a second class (in a different instrument) will be £30. Other membership options are:
Family – £18
Senior – £11
2nd senior in household – £7
Junior (not attending classes) – £5.50

Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2018

Well done to all our musicians who competed at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda at the weekend. They and their families should be immensely proud of their achievements this year with special congratulations going to our All-Ireland champion, Caitriona Lagan (U-12 mandolin), and second placed O-18 Grupai Cheoil (Ceoltoiri Crosskeys) members Hugh Mulholland, Roisin Magee and Anthony Totten. 
Well done, also, to the other winners from Co. Derry – Roise Devlin from The Loup (12-15 fiddle slow airs) and Jack Warnock from Maghera (O-18 accompaniment).