Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2021 Online Programme


The 49th annual Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy (SSWC) will be a virtual one in 2021. The organising committee had hoped that the pandemic would have played itself out by July 2021 but obviously this will not be the case. Therefore, under the circumstances, the online route is the safe way to present our programme and maintain our presence on the Irish traditional music landscape.

Online Tuition


Tuition, consisting of one and a half hours per day, will commence on Monday 5th July and conclude on Friday 9th July. Online live tuition will feature the following instruments: uilleann pipes, whistle, flute, fiddle, concertina, button accordion & melodeon, banjo, harmonica and harp.  The dance workshops, presented live online, will incorporate a range of old style step dances and Conamara sean-nós dance.

Dúchas an Cheoil/ Scope of Irish Music Course will also be streamed  online and will draw on archival sources. The workshops on the English and Irish language song traditions will be pre-recorded presentations.

Applications for these classes and courses will be opened shortly before the Summer School opens and this will be announced on this website and on social media at the appropriate time.

Pre-Recorded Online Events: 4th to 10th July


While tuition is the core of SSWC activities the programme always incorporates a diverse offering of complementary events during the week.   

This year the school starts off on Sunday 4th with a concert of music and song from Gaelic Scotland. On Monday 5th there will be a recital of music from the East Galway area and Conamara will feature on Tuesday 6th when the school, in association with Raidió na Gaelatchta,  will present a film documentary on the noted sean-nós singer Johnny Mháirtin Learaí MacDonnchadha. Na Píobairí Uilleann will present a short piping recital each afternoon and a major recital on the evening of Wednesday 7th. Compánach, the audiovisual concert featuring music from all 32 counties, will be broadcast on Thursday the 8th, and there will be a singing recital on Friday the 9th.  On Sat 10th there will be a presentation on the songs and poems associated with the Irish War of Independence, 1919-1921, and the week’s programme concludes on Saturday evening with a concert displaying the very best of Irish traditional music, song and dance.

More programme details will be posted on this page shortly so please revisit on a regular basis.

We look forward to your participation in SSWC 2021.