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Inspiring Musicians – Spink Music Festival 2023

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Spink Comhaltas are delighted to announce the launch of a new music festival in Abbeyleix on 25/26th March.  The theme of the Festival is “Inspiring Young Musicians for the Future” and the organising committee are very excited about the excellent line up of master musicians.

To become a great musician … you need to see and work with great musicians.  With some of the best and most innovative young musicians performing in Ireland today, we are offering Master Music Classes across a range of instruments – whistle, flute, fiddle, accordion, concertina, banjo, harp, uileann pipes, and voice.

The line-up of music tutors have more All Ireland titles than the Kerry has in football!  But in addition to competition medals, they bring the experience of innovation, collaboration, deep academic expertise and real-life performance – all of which will be hugely valuable to young musicians.

The inaugural Spink Music Festival features:

Alan Finn (leader of the 3-time champions Shandrum Céilí Band), the renowned Granville sisters from Dingle (Aoife and Deirdre), Greta Curtin, Thomas Ahern, Jason McGuinness, Muireann Ní Shé, as well as strong Laois connections in Robert Harvey, Molly Donnery and David Vesey, who is the Music Director for the Festival.

The festival, which will be based around intensive, instrument specific master classes over 2 days in Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyleix – covering flute, whistle, harp, fiddle, banjo, accordion, pipes, concertina and singing. These master classes are specifically targeted at intermediate/advanced musicians.

It will also feature a first class music concert of all of the tutors in the atmospheric surroundings of St Michael’s Church in Abbeyleix on the Saturday evening.

A music session trail in Abbeyleix will also feature, more details of which will be announced later.

Registration for tickets opens on Monday 13th February at 6pmRegister here for your tickets for our Master Classes for young musicians – Intermediate/Advanced level only – includes a complimentary ticket for Tutor Concert in St Michael’s Church, Abbeyleix.






Standalone tickets for the concert are also available to purchase at this link.

Early bird prices apply for purchases before 1st March and represent very good value for money.  The tickets for the 2 days of intensive, instrument specific, master classes (total of 8 hours) including free access to the tutor concert (2 hours) are € 60, plus the processing fee from EventBrite.

These early bird ticket prices represent a 10% discount up to 1st March, so book early.  Spaces for the master classes and concert are limited.

Full bio’s of the music tutors will follow, and follow Spink’s Facebook page and Twitter feeds for up to date news.