Irish-Language Song

There is a wealth of language and music associated with the Irish song tradition, a tradition that is flourishing to this day. Aimed at those who are in the process of learning the Irish language, over the course of a weekend you will encounter songs from this same tradition under the direction of a recognised singer.

The course will cover a selection of Irish-language songs, including several relating to Co. Donegal and Ulster. The songs will be explained and their background and meaning will be discussed. Participants will be guided in pronunciation and there will be plenty of opportunities for the group to practice singing in a relaxed and encouraging environment.

Songs often provide an insight into important idioms as well the history and culture of Ireland. This is an excellent opportunity to improve your understanding of the language and enrich your vocabulary. Colette McDevitt, singer from An Charraig, Co. Donegal, and language teacher with Oideas Gael, will facilitate the course.

Please note that this course is directed at beginners and those who have an intermediate ability in Irish. If you are a fluent speaker, you may be interested in Oideas Gael’s Language & Culture Summer School in July, where there is a sean-nós singing workshop every year.