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Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance 2023

June 19, 2023 - June 30, 2023

The 27th Blas International Summer School of Irish

Traditional Music and Dance will take place from 19th to

30th June 2023.


Blas is now firmly established as one of Ireland’s most

prestigious summer schools and has developed a reputation

for its quality and innovation. The school provides students

(aged 16 and over) from around the world with access to

the expertise of some of Ireland’s finest musicians, singers,

and dancers, which in previous years have included Dónal

Lunny, Paul Brady, Zoe Conway, Siobhán Peoples, Martin

Hayes, John Carty, Tara Breen, Jim Higgins, Mel Mercier,

Kevin Crawford, Matt Molloy, Louise Mulcahy, Niall Keegan,

Ryan Molloy, Michelle Mulcahy, Nóirín Ní Riain, Karan Casey,

Sandra Joyce, Colin Dunne, and Ciara Sexton to name but

a few. In addition to expert tuition and masterclasses, the

two-week programme includes a range of activities such as

lectures and public seminars, Irish language classes, daily

lunchtime concerts featuring Blas tutors, nightly sessions,

evening concerts, céilithe, fieldtrips and above all, the

unique opportunity to share tunes with some of Ireland’s

leading traditional musicians.


The programme is also worth three academic credits or

six ECTS credits towards an undergraduate degree, which

makes Blas unique within the world of traditional music

summer schools in that the study of Irish traditional music,

song and dance can count as a modular component of a

university degree.

Blas is now extending its offering to students by

recognising and recommending a further week of

insight into all aspects of Irish traditional music through

participation in The Scope of Irish Traditional Music

(Dúchas an Cheoil) at the Willie Clancy Summer School

in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare in early July. More details

on The Scope of Irish Traditional Music are available at:



For further information on all aspects of the Blas Summer

School, visit www.blas.ie or contact Blas Director Pamela

Cotter by email (Pamela.Cotter@ul.ie).


June 19, 2023
June 30, 2023


Irish World Academy, University of Limerick