Saturday 12th October, Classes in Scoil Mhuir, Eircode: F42 HW56 – 10am – 1pm (€25 – family discounts available)

Tutors: Orlaith McAuliffe (Flute); Eileen O’Brien (Fiddle); Damien O’Reilly (Accordion); Liam O’Brien (Concertina); Dr. Geraldine Cotter (Piano accompaniment);

Órlaith McAuliffe - Flute

Feilie Strokestown is proud and happy to welcome back Órlaith McAuliffe to feature in our flute workshops for 2017. Órlaith has been crowned All Ireland Champion no fewer than 19 times, including on both flute and whistle in 2011. As well as being a highly accomplished performer, Órlaith is also an original and prolific composer many of whose distinctive compositions can be heard in many a fine session in London and beyond.

Órlaith was the Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2016 from the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards!

Dr Geraldine Cotter - Piano Accompaniment

Geraldine Cotter grew up in Ennis in a very musical family. Her mother was her first teacher and many of her family are professionally involved in music. She is a sister of Eamonn, flute player and flute maker. In the 70’s she studied music in UCC. Her Irish music lecturer at the time was Micheál Ó Súilleabháin

Since leaving Cork she has written two tutors, one in 1983 ‘Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Tutor’ which was published by Ossian Publications. In 1995 she wrote the first tutor for traditional Irish piano ‘Seinn an Piano’ also published by Ossian Publications. She also contributed to ‘The Companion to Irish Traditional Music’ edited by Fintan Vallely and published by Cork University Press 1999. As a teacher she has taught at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Blas Summer School which is run by the Irish World Music Centre at the University of Limerick, Tocane Irish Music Festival, Rhine Valley Irish Association Whit weekend festival, Aonach Paddy O Brien, Gaelic Roots in Boston College. She taught music as a secondary teacher for over 25 years and examined for the Department of Education and Science for many years. She now teaches at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.


Liam O'Brien - Concertina

The older I get the more I appreciate how lucky I am to have grown up in such a musical family and area. Starting off learning tin whistle at the age of four I sat into my mother’s classes like any other child from the locality. Musicians came and went to my home back in Glendine, Miltown Malbay and I was happy out to play with them but back then I was just as excited to be out kicking ball straight after! People like Paddy Canny, Joe Ryan, Tommy McCarthy, Kitty Hayes and my grand-uncle J.C. Talty were frequent visitors to my home. After getting a concertina for my tenth birthday I attended Noel Hill’s classes for many years. My highlight every year was attending the Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy as a student. Now I’m a teacher there myself!!

At the age of sixteen I started teaching concertina with Mam’s music school, Ceol na nÓg. After finishing my BA in Irish Music & Dance in the University of Limerick, I decided to make a career out of teaching. Teaching with Music Generation, Ceol na nÓg, online at OAIM ( and other various schools around the county have fortunately allowed me to make a career from it.

Eileen O'Brien - Fiddle

Eileen comes from a family background that is steeped in the Irish tradition. Her father Paddy was instrumental in establishing the B/C style of button accordion playing as we know it today. Paddy was also one of the most prolific composers of traditional music. Her mother’s family,the “Seery” family, Dublin, were also well known musicians. Her late mother Eileen Seery was a singer. Eileen’s grandfather, Jim Seery played fiddle and was a founding member of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann. Eileen’s uncle Sean Seery was a piper and played in the famous “Leo Rowsome Pipe Quartet” along with Leo Rowsome, Willie Clancy and Tommy Reck.

Eileen is an All-Ireland champion in both senior fiddle and senior fiddle slow airs. She is also a composer and some of her compositions have been recorded by well known artists including John Carty and Josephine Marsh. Eileen also has an interest in liturgical music and has composed music for two masses, “Aifreann Baile Nua” and “Drúcht ar m’Ainm”.

Eileen has been teaching music for all of her adult life. She worked for over twenty years as a music teacher at St. Mary’s Secondary School , Nenagh. Eileen has performed and given masterclasses and lectures at various seminars and music events in many countries, U.S.A, Europe, China, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. She is a highly respected teacher and has influenced many aspiring fiddle players.

Eileen has recorded three solo cd’s to date, “Newtown Bridge”1999, “The Fiddler’s Choice”2005, “Aon le hAon” 2012.Eileen has recently joined with Clare musicians Andrew MacNamara (accordion) and Geraldine Cotter (Piano and Whistle) to form “The Boruma Trio”. Their new album “Gléas” was released in July of 2014. She has produced two publications, “The Compositions of Paddy O’Brien” 1991 and “The Definitive Collection of the Music of Paddy O’Brien” 2009 both with J.D.C. Publications.

Damien O’Reilly - Accordion

Damien O’Reilly is a traditional accordion player and teacher from Corofin Co. Clare. He has toured and played throughout Europe and all over Ireland. In the recent past Damien has collaborated with many greats of Irish music including Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, Mary Bergin, Tony Linnane, Liam O’Connor, Conal Ó’Gráda, John Carty, James Cullinan, Caitlin nic Gabhann, Kieran Hanrahan, Jack Talty, Mulcahy family, The Raw Bar Collective,  and the Kilfenora Céilí band among others.

Damien has been teaching music in his native Clare for 14 years, teaching accordion master classes and group music classes (Inis Óg). He has been a tutor and performer around Europe and many of  the country’s festivals including Meitheal, Scoil Samhradh Willie Clancy, Scoil Ceoil na Bhotha Monoghan, Ennis Trad Festival, Fleadh Nua, Cooley Collins Gort, Éigse Dhiarmaidín Baile Bhuirne, John Dwyer Festival, Irish Festival Oulu Finland, Féile Cois Cuain, and the Temple Bar Trad Fest.

Along with his brother Padraic, Damien founded the renowned Corofin Traditional Festival in 2001. The festival has brought back music to the village of Corofin and is a highlight for many of Ireland’s leading traditional artists. His roles over the years have been musical director, chairman and programming the festival for which the festival has received funding from national institutions. In 2011 Damien produced the
critically acclaimed compilation album “Teach Ceoil Concerts – 10 years of the Corofin Trad Fest” as a festival fundraiser.  The festival was the first recipient of the MÓR Glór awards back in 2014 as recognition to its contribution to the traditional community.

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