Traditional Irish Music Holiday

Online Music Classes

Due to COVID-19 the Music Week may not go ahead. Sonja is running Online Music Classes  - all tunes will be tailored and taught for you to learn from beginners to seasoned fiddle players.

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Upcoming Dates:

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Want to learn how to play an Irish jig or reel? Want a fun, friendly music class?

With more than 20 years of experience in running music workshops we are one of the best established music workshop venues in Ireland. The Centre is situated in an area rich in Traditional Irish Music with a choice of sessions every night of the week, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the musical heritage.

Our workshops are friendly and relaxed and open to people who play a traditional instrument. Melodic and accompanying instruments are both catered for as well as all levels and abilities - assuming musicians have a basic understanding of their instrument.

You will go away with unforgettable memories and experiences as well as a host of great tunes that will benefit you for years to come.

About the tutors

Our resident tutor is Sonja O'Brien  - a fiddler -  and pretty handy on the mandolin and whistle. Classically trained from a young age she has been playing Traditional Irish music since the early seventies and has become a well respected musician and teacher in north Clare since making this her home in 1982. Other tutors are drawn from the rich variety of local Irish session musicians (and characters!)  in the area - musicians who have grown up with the music and many from a long lineage of musical families. They together with Sonja will give you a thorough grounding in the Irish tunes and the way they are played as well as a few stories and anecdotes on the tradition.

Due to the nature of the Irish music most of the tuition is done by ear, however notes are provided as well. It is recommended to bring a recording device to record the tunes.


Workshops take place every morning. We invite a different local musician to come in to teach each day and aim to cover all instruments of those participating in the workshop.

Afternoons are left free to explore the countryside, practise the new tunes or catch up on some sleep.  You will also have the opportunity to dip into other Boghill activities at no extra cost - yoga, ceramics, cob building and more.. So you can experience a bit of our natural landscape, included in the week is a guided Burren walk or a Nature Watching tour at the Cliffs of Moher and optional trips/activities will be organised each afternoon with recommendations made on sight seeing.

In the late afternoon there will be a music studio with rehearsals, questions and a chance to tackle specific problems.

Each evening the group goes to a different session in a variety of local pubs.

At Boghill we seek to foster a community ethos and all guests are encouraged to make themselves at home - even help with the washing up if they like! The meals are vegetarian - for those meat eaters amongst you - you won't even notice the absence of meat.

Contact Details

  • Boghill Centre, Kilfenora, Co. Clare

  • +353 87 956 6606


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