Adult Song & Cultural Classes



Iconic Traditional Bands
This course will present an introduction to some of the great bands — their music, influences and personnel — who have been so important to the success and growth of Irish traditional music in the last half century. Dáithí Sproule, who has played in some influential bands himself, will share music and songs and lead the class in enjoying, savoring and discussing the recordings and achievements of such bands as the Chieftains, Planxty, the Bothy Band, The Boys of the Lough.

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18 - &up Sproule 4/7 - 5/19 Tu 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM $112.00 View

Irish Poetry in Translation
Poetry has always been central to Irish culture, from the earliest surviving examples—dating from as early as the 6th century—to today. The focus of this series of classes will be Irish language poetry from the 16th century up to now. The group will read and discuss a variety of wonderful examples of our rich tradition in translation, and Dáithí looks forward to students bringing their own particular interests and loves to the conversation.

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18 - &up Sproule 1/28 - 2/18 Tu 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM $64.00 View

Irish Pub Songs

Pub songs are raucous, tuneful, and above all, fun! But like the most intricate reel, you need skill and a concentrated approach to play and sing them well. Todd will teach the vocal techniques and rhythmic strategies needed to help you stand and deliver these wonderful ballads and drinking songs. All instruments encouraged, though not required.



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18 - &up Menton 1/28 - 5/19 Tu 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM $240.00 View

Learning Through Lilting
Lilting is a way of singing dance tunes. It has always lurked in the background of Irish traditional music, to share and learn tunes without an instrument and often to provide music for dancing where no instruments were available. In these three sessions Dáithí Sproule will teach a variety of tunes, including a few his father use to lilt when he and his brothers and sisters were children. For non-players it is a way of participating in the dance music, for players way to get deeper into the tunes and enjoy singing!

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18 - &up Sproule 1/30 - 2/13 Th 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM $48.00 View

Singalong with Sproule
Dáithí Sproule, our resident Irish song guru, has played and sung in bands for decades, bringing vocal harmonies and beautiful guitar playing to song arrangements by his bands Altan, Skara Brae and more. Join Dáithí and enjoy singing along with his guitar accompaniment and vocal harmonies for this class. Dáithí will choose a selection of songs to work on for the duration of the class.

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18 - &up Sproule 4/13 - 5/18 Mo 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM $96.00 View

Singers and Their Songs
Each week Dáithí Sproule will bring in some songs to learn from a different singer—some better known than others, but all exponents of fine traditional style and deserving of appreciation—including Rita Gallagher, Kevin Mitchell, Delores Keane, Cathal McConnell, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Joe Heaney, and more! It will be a wonderful way the enjoy the breadth and depth of the tradition and learn some great songs!

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18 - &up Sproule 4/9 - 5/21 Th 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM $112.00 View

Singing Songs in Irish Gaelic
This is a class for people who would like to learn songs in the beautiful Irish language — for beginners or those who already know some songs in Irish. Students will receive coaching on pronunciation and style and the background to the songs. Dáithí has been singing these songs all his life; he has a firm belief that singing is a great way to become familiar with the language, but that you don't need to know the language to sing the songs well.



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18 - &up Sproule 1/27 - 2/17 Mo 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM $64.00 View