St. James the Great
Traditional Irish Music
At St James the Great our goal is to promote and teach Irish traditional music and culture. It has been this way since 1989 when Canon (now monsignor) Mathew Coakley who was the Parish priest in St James the great teamed up with Rory Campbell and along with the help of many others in the local community opened their doors to all who wanted to learn and play Irish traditional music.
Every week for nearly 35 years our members have got together to learn and develop their talents in all instruments. The majority of our tutors have themselves came through our branch and are now passing on their knowledge and culture to our new members of all ages.
All of our members start with the tin whistle to gain a solid knowledge of Irish music, develop their ear and the ability to read music. After this initial period they will be given the opportunity to move on to a secondary instrument which may be available as a loan from the extensive instrument bank within our branch. This system has proven to help with the rapid progression of all members who show dedication and put in the practice.
We would love for everyone to come along and experience our classes, whether taking part for the first time or joining us from else where. Everyone is welcome.
7.00pm - 9.00pm
27 Brockburn Road
For further information on any instrument and traditional singing classes please contact us Using the link below or find us on Social media.
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"Because true tradition does not emanate from the past, nor is it in the present, nor does it glimpse into the future; it is not a servant of time. Tradition is the eternal soul of Galicia, which dwells in the people's instinct and in the granitic bowels of our soil. Tradition is not history. Tradition is eternity."
- A.D.R. Castelao
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is our parent organisation, which means 'a gathering of musicians of Ireland'.
(Coaltas Cyooltoree Erin )
Since 1951 Comhaltas has been working to promote the performance and appreciation of the traditional music of Ireland.
The objectives of Comhaltas are:
Promote Irish Traditional Music in all its forms
Restore the playing of the harp and Uilleann Pipes
Promote Irish Traditional Dancing
Foster and promote the Irish Language at all times
Create a closer bond among all lovers of Irish music
Co-operate with all bodies working for the restoration of Irish Culture
Establish branches throughout the country and abroad to achieve the foregoing aims and objects