Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2020

Sráid na Cathrach, Co. an Chláir  4ú Iúil - 12ú Iúil.

The 48th Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland. Saturday 4th July to Sunday 12th July, 2020.

Welcome to the official website of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, The Willie Clancy Summer School, a major traditional Irish music, song and dance event held annually in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland with instrument and dance classes, lectures, workshops, recitals and céilithe all through the week.

Organising Committee:

Harry Hughes


 tel. 065 708 4281 or 086 877 3747

Eamon McGivney

tel. 065 708 7417 or 087 950 0006

Séamus Ó Rócháin

tel. 087 926 4256

Deirdre Comber


and the coordinators of

classes/workshops and venue managers.




The Willie Clancy Summer School is

an Irish registered charity.


To read or download the School's Child Welfare and Safeguarding Policy please click here.

Coronavirus Notice from Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the organisers of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy have been reviewing the evolving health crisis and considering various ways in which the 48th summer school might be run safely and successfully. When discussing options, the organisers were concerned with the health and safety of participants, visitors, the local communities and the general public.


Therefore, taking into account the current situation and restrictions, the prevailing uncertainties, and the advice of the HSE, it has been decided, regretfully, that the summer school programme will not run in 2020.


The 2020 programme will remain on this site and it is intended to form the basis of the 2021 summer school programme.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy online events

Following the cancellation of the 48th Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, plans are afoot for a programme of online events on the Willie Clancy website from the 4th to the 12th July.


The Irish Traditional Music Archive / Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann (ITMA) and the summer school are examining the possibility of producing edited versions of previous summer schools featuring key events like lectures, recitals, concerts, etc.


In addition, there will be highlighted excerpts, audio and video, from past summer schools, accompanied by archive photos from photographer Tony Kearns who has been documenting events at the Willie Clancy week since the early 1990s.


There is also a wealth of recorded material from the annual summer schools. Raidió na Gaeltachta began recording the first year and has created an invaluable audio archive.


More information, as it becomes available, will be posted on this site and on social media.

Peter Mackey

The accomplished fiddle player, who died  in  2019, was a tutor at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy for over forty years and influenced a generation of fiddle players who benefited from his precise instructions, enthusiasm for the music, and patient coaching. You can read an appreciation of the man and his music here.

Ben Lennon and Brendan McGlinchey

In recent times two renowned masters of fiddle playing, Ben Lennon and Brendan McGlinchey, have died. You can read the Summer School's tribute to Ben here and to Brendan here.

Ben Lennon

Brendan McGlinchey

Comhghairdeas/Congratulations to all 2020 TG4 Gradam Ceoil winners.


The links with Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy are significant in that two of the recipients are long-time tutors at the summer school: Laoise Kelly, Ceoltóir na Bliana/Musician of the Year, and Josephine Marsh, Gradam an Chumadóra/Composer Award.  Lillis Ó Laoire,  Amhránaí na Bliana/ Singer of the Year,  has often performed and lectured at the school, and Sharon Howley, Ceoltóir Óg/ Young Musician of the Year, performs with the Kilfenora Céilí Band at the Marquee céilithe every year.


Séamus Connolly is properly recognised in the Gradam Saoil /Lifetime Achievement Award, as is Ned Kelly in obtaining the Gradam Comaoine/Outstanding Contribution Award.


Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy joins in the tributes to these outstanding artists who have made - and are making - important contributions to the traditional music and song heritage.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy congratulates NPU


Congratulations to Na Píobairí Uilleann on having Uilleann Piping listed on UNESCO’S Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Since its foundation in 1968 Na Píobairí Uilleann has been promoting  the study and practice of this versatile instrument.  There are now uilleann pipers worldwide and  the  distinctive sound of the uilleann pipes is intrinsically part of Irish cultural  identity.


Congratulations also to the National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin where the Irish Folklore Commission’s collection of 1935-1970 has been inscribed into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in recognition of its outstanding universal value to culture. The 1935-1970 collection forms the core of the National Folklore Collection, an Institute recognised as one of Europe’s largest archives of oral tradition and cultural history.

The University of Limerick’s BLAS  International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music has joined forces with Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy to promote deeper understanding and appreciation of Irish Traditional music. Click here  for more information.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy have had a long association with the Irish Traditional Music Archive whose ITMA Field Recording team are in attendance every year  to record all official events for the archive.

Go to the Galleries Pages to see more images from the past four decades of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy.


© Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2020   Website: Tony Kearns