Airt - Tuition from leading musicians, singers & dancers

Airt, from old Irish ‘aird’, means the 'point on a compass', 'direction' or 'guide'.

Througout the year, leading artists across all art forms will teach at a new week-long residential school held along the Wild Atlantic Way on the Dingle peninsula. Airt is family run and located in the heart of the Gaeltacht ('Irish speaking area').  As well as the finest tuition from poets, musicians, singers and dancers, Airt will provide a creative and friendly environment with top quality locally sourced food and a range of comfortable accommodation options.

Watch our Intro Video

In this Video Cormac Begley explains the background to the Airt residential school.

See the stunning landscape of the Dingle Peninsula in where the school is located which will help inspire creativeness.

Discover more about the area and the people and how it can be a source of inspiration. 

The School is for all artists - music, poetry film and dance, listen to peoples experiences of the courses they have attended. 

Cormac Begley - Concertina

Biography

Cormac is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a west-Kerry musical family. He is the founder of Airt and the award winning ‘Tunes in the Church’ live concert series in Galway. In 2014, he recieved Sean O Riada Award for concertina playing and his playing has been described as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship’ (****, Irish Times). To date, he has featured on three acclaimed recordings – the first with fellow concertina player, Jack Talty (‘Na Fir Bolg’) and the second (‘Tunes in the Church’), featuring his sister, Clíodhna (viola) and Páraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo) and third, Ré, featuring Liam Ó Maonlaí, Maitiu O Casaide, Eithne Ní Chatháín and Peter O Toole.

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Concertina Course

- 3 hours (2 x 1.5 hours) of group classes per day for 5 days

- 1 individual masterclass with Cormac during the week

- A house concert featuring Cormac and local artists

- Opportunities throughout the to discuss the theoretical, technical, performative, professional aspects of concertina playing

- Chording and rhythm

- Ornamentation and technique

- Polka and slide playing

- West-Kerry and East-Clare repertoire

  Accommodation, Food and Activities

- Accommodation for 5 nights in an Irish speaking and musical household

- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening snack using top quality locally sourced ingredients

- Seaweed baths and massages available

- 7 miles from Dingle town

- 3 minutes walk from the sea and heritage sites

- Hill walking and guided walks available 

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