Rally Around the Catskills Irish Arts Week in East Durham
It’s just a few weeks away before the craic in the Catskills begins once again at the 18th Annual Catskills Irish Arts Week in East Durham, New York. The largest gathering of traditional musicians to be found anywhere in North America comes together at the internationally known and respected summer school. Along with over 100 classes daily with master musicians from Ireland and North America, there are daily topical lectures, nightly open air concerts and ceilithe in timber floored roadhouses and resorts. Plus music sessions for all levels and abilities and you could be sitting next to world famous musician like Mary Bergin, Joanie Madden, Catherine McEvoy or Jackie Daly.
Artistic Director Paul Keating has assembled another amazing faculty for the 2012 summer school including Billy McComiskey, Cathal McConnell, Fintan Vallely, Felix Dolan, Willie Kelly, Brid Harper, Dermot Byrne, Gabriel McKeon, Michael Black, Cherish the Ladies, Dympna O’Sullivan, Jimmy Crowley, Mairtin de Cogain, Don Meade, Pauline Conneely, Rose Conway Flanagan, Patrick Ourceau, Caitlin and Bernadette nic Gabhann, Matt and Shannon Heaton and many more.
The week concludes with the day long Andy McGann Festival of Traditional Music in honor of the great New York Irish Fiddle Player. Come for a day, a few days or a week for the Best Craic in America.
If you can’t make it to this year’s festival consider making a donation and get a gift in return by going to kickstarter.com and surfing to “Rally Around the Catskills Irish Arts Week” project. You’ll be keeping a great week of traditional Irish Music and Dance alive here in the Northeast and passing it on to the next generation.
For more information on the CIAW 2012 visit catskillsirishartsweek.org or call 518-634-2286. Accommodatons are still available in the area.