Ceòlas Summer School Classes

Sunday 7th July to Friday 12th July 2024

Ceòlas looks forward to welcoming students to South Uist once more and to our new premises at Cnoc Soilleir!

The Ceòlas Summer School is on a mission to understand the natural rhythms which are inherent in the Gaelic language and to explore how these impact on the way tunes are played on pipes, fiddle and clarsach; how we sing Gaelic songs; and how we step dance percussively to the pulse of the music. Students are encouraged to immerse themselves in this understanding, not only in the classes but also at concerts, sessions and other events in the community.

As usual students are asked to choose one main subject (the First Choice class) which has tuition twice each day. There is also a Second Choice class which is taught once each day. The classes in Reels and Quadrilles and Seanchas are only taught as a second choice class. There are Gaelic for All sessions each day and available at a range of levels.

Our Crossover option at the end of each day is being reviewed and information will be sent out nearer the time with Crossover options.

Summer School Classes 2024:

Step-dance

Percussive dance style common at the Cape Breton cèilidhs, and now firmly reintroduced in Scotland through Ceòlas and other events […]

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Gaelic language

Gaelic language from native speakers at levels ranging from improvers and intermediate to advanced. These classes will cover various areas […]

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Song

Learn Gaelic song forms from a range of traditions, styles and registers, from lullabies to puirt-à-beul to waulking songs! Tutors: […]

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Piping

Pìobaireachd Song (first choice)& Ceòl Mòr (second choice) In Pìobaireachd Song, the Gaelic songs underpinning Ceòl Mòr will be taught through the […]

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Clàrsach

Learn both lead and accompaniment styles in clàrsach, a newer addition to many traditional music circles. Participants must have or […]

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Fiddle

West Coast and Cape Breton fiddle styles for youth (14-16 year olds), adult intermediate and advanced players, concentrating on social […]

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Reels & Quadrilles

Community-style dancing, learning the full-breadth of social dancing at cèilidhs. Learn local variations and styles in a fun social dancing […]

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Piping for Dancing

Playing for dancers is a skill in its own right, where the musician has to keep a strong, even tempo […]

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