I’m not sure how much I actually learned during the week at Augusta, but more than anything it motivated me to delve deeper into learning music. I kinda wish I was going back this year, or at least could be a fly on the wall at the late night sessions in the Icehouse pub on campus.
|Davis and Elkins campus - site of Augusta Irish/Celtic week|
Oddly enough, at least two other Irish music themed instructional weeks are also taking place next week: Boxwood Canada in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and Joe Mooney Summer School in the tiny village of Drumshanbo in County Leitrim, Ireland.
|Lunenburg, NS Canada|
Lunenburg is already at the top of my list of places to visit, and the fact that there’s an event like Boxwood there each summer makes it even more enticing. A cool feature of the Boxwood festival is that all similar pitch instruments are allowed in any class. Participants are encouraged to take a variety of classes each day so that throughout the course of the week, you will have met with a variety of teachers across a multiple of disciplines.
Jumping across the Atlantic, if the number of instructors
listed on the website is any indication, the Joe Mooney Summer School must be
huge! I counted over 50 instructors,
with all the traditional Irish instruments represented. How awesome would it be to attend an Irish
week in Ireland?!
|Session in Drumshanbo Ireland|
Oh well. At least I am going to the Appalachian String Band Festival (AKA “Clifftop”) for a few days in late July. Clifftop is more hillbilly than blarney, but it’s still a lot of fun! And cheap!