The Cruinniú is a festival weekend consisting of Concertina classes, lectures, recitals, and sessions, like a mini Willie Clancy boutique festival. We cater and welcome all age groups and abilities. We run concertina classes on Saturday and Sunday mornings and host informal music sessions in the afternoons so that our students can practise what they have learned in a friendly and open environment. We host a supervised Junior session on the Saturday afternoon and we also host an adult session to encourage and support our students.
We have lectures on topics related to the concertina which are open to both students and the public.
Our proposed lectures for 2019 will be 'The Musical Legacy of Tommy McCarthy' curated by Tommy Keane and 'The Life and Music of Kitty Hayes' by Angela Connaughton.
Our Saturday evening concert will feature Noel Hill plus guest.
Along with the activity during the day, we also have a Concertina Trail, where there are free traditional music sessions in the local pubs each night. These sessions are anchored by the individual concertina tutors. Our tutors, led by Master Tutor Noel Hill, are all well known concertina players.
The Concertina Cruinniú is an annual, community, non-commercial event organised by Oidhreacht an Chláir (www.oac.ie), held in Miltown Malbay every year since 2013.