Hyde Summer School to honour Máire McDonnell Garvey

This year’s Hyde Summer School gets underway in Ballaghaderreen on Saturday, June 30 th and the week-long school is set to provide top-class tuition to musicians in a whole range of instruments. Ballaghaderreen native and well-known fiddle musician and writer, Máire McDonnell-Garvey, will be honoured on Wednesday night, July 4th at The Dr. Douglas Hyde Summer School Gala Concert in Durkin’s in Ballaghaderreen. The presentation is being made by Ballaghaderreen & Districts Development Ltd. in recognition of her lifetime contribution to traditional Irish music. Máíre is well-known in traditional circles throughout Ireland and abroad. She is an authority on Irish traditional music, its history, tunes and those for whom it was composed.  She is the author of ‘Mid Connaught – Ancient Territory of Sliabh Lugha’ as well as ‘A Traditional Music Journey 1600 – 2000: From Erris to Mullaghban’ and ‘Cómhrá na dTonn: The Conversation of the Waves’. She also re-issued the ‘Collection of Traditional Irish Dance Music’ which was edited and bowed scientifically for the violin with 26 original compositions arranged for piano or violin by P.J. Giblin, first compiled by Giblin and published in Germany in 1928. Máire was a pupil of Giblin and the re-issue of this interesting work is testament to her great interest in preserving traditional Irish music. Her most recent work ‘Under the Shadow of the Summerhills’ gives an account of her formative years growing up in Ballaghaderreen from 1927 to 1948 when she moved to Dublin. This book presents a vivid picture of the history, politics, social life, characters and traditional music of the wider Ballaghaderreen area. This concert will feature the Summer School tutors including Breda Smyth, Johnny McDonagh (Ringo), Michael Hurley, Marion Egan, Mary Murray, Sacra Furey, Michael McNamara, Paul Smyth, Brendan Larrissey, John McHugh, Bernie Geraghty, Junior Davey, Michael Rooney, Marese O’Hora Tommy Doherty, John Regan, Charles O’Connor, Jarlath Brennan, Shane Mulchrone, Seamie O’Dowd and sean nós singer,  Mairéad Ní Fhlatharta and traditional singer, Pat Prunty as well as a host of visiting musicians from far and near. The Hyde Summer School opens on Saturday June 30 th and continues until Saturday July 7 th . It offers tuition in fiddle, flute, tin whistle, concertina, piano accordion, button accordion, banjo, traditional guitar, bodhrán, harp, sean nós singing, Traditional singing (in English) and comhrá Gaeilge.  The Summer School also hosts an art exhibition of the works of local and visiting artists. This year sees the introduction of a bi-lingual wood turning exhibition/workshop which will take place on the Square on Saturday, June 30 th . Also new this year is a busking competition on the Square on Sunday evening July 1 st commencing at 6 p.m. Full details on www.douglashyde.com or from (086) 8272300.