This, admittedly, is only peripheral to any discussion of trad, but it
is something that might interest some folks on the list.
There is a new singing camp taking place in Kilfenora, Co. Clare this
summer from 7-14 July. Turtle Dove Harmony Week will feature seven
days of singing with leaders from England (Kate Howard, an
inspirational song leader), the U.S. (Nils Fredland and Brendan
Taaffe--that's me) and Ireland (Phil Callery, of Voice Squad fame).
There will also be dancing, both sets and American contras, and a joint
concert in Kilfenora at the end of the week with Archie Simpson's
Lismorahuan singers. The song repertoire will be eclectic, drawing
from the Irish ballad tradition, Shape Note, Appalachian, Georgian and
possibly African sources. Oh yes, and it's reasonably priced, as such
things go—$690 or €580 for the week, not including travel.
More information at www.turtledoveharmony.org, or you can contact me at
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As I said, peripheral, but possibly of interest to some.