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The Irish Song Tradition: Lilting, Laments & Lullabies

melanie o’reilly



The Irish song tradition is rich and diverse and enjoys a prominent place in world music today. It covers many subjects and themes — love and betrayal, everyday life and occupation, emigration and historical events. This summer course covers three thematic areas: Irish “lilting” or “mouth music,” laments and lullabies, while drawing on the traditions of old Ireland when there were three principal categories of song, geantrai, goltrai and suantrai (the joyous song, the lamenting song and the sleep song). This course also covers contemporary aspects of these traditions. Students sing in both Gaelic and English, in individual and group settings and also sing a cappella. Course concludes with a class performance. Prerequisites: none. All welcome! Please note that students are taught how to sing Gaelic phonetically.

Tuesday 6:30 – 8 pm
7/11 – 8/15 (6 weeks)
Melanie O’Reilly • $300


Melanie O’Reilly (Voice)
BA in Arts, Brendan Smith Theater Academy, Dublin. Internationally performing singer-songwriter, band leaderand recording artist; awarded “Best Of the Bay Area” by East Bay Express in 2007; host of “Jazz on the Bay,”for RTE Radio 1, winner of PPI Radio Award for Music Specialist Program of the Year; chosen as one of Ireland’s foremost jazz ambassadors by DownBeat.


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