We look forward to meeting you at the Coleman Cottage & Archive.
Below you will find details of our opening hours & facilities.
Come visit us soon.

The classes cater for all levels of musicianship

"Traditional musicians don't say very much.  They talk a lot about the mysterious and the magical we're inclined to hush it up, to talk through music but there is need for more discussion.  We have a golden thread that can keep us alive, something vital, if we don't lose it.

Liam O'Maonlai

from beginners to master classes for the more advanced pupils.
The teachers, all from the locality, have a keen insight and knowledge of the Sligo repertoire and technique of playing.  This is of prime importance in the preservation and development of the Sligo style of music, while at the same time allowing students to experience a broad cross section of traditional music generally.

There is an ambitious programme for the development of the music curriculum to cover all aspects of the traditional music, culture and heritage.  It is planned to create courses, which would be suitable for accreditation for national and international third level institutions ultimately to establish a third level educational institution in south Sligo for the first time, setting a precedent for the west of Ireland.

The education programme is not confined to music alone.
It is envisaged that the school will play an important role in the promotion and development of a Cultural / Arts related facility.  A series of Irish language courses will be conducted with special emphasis on the spoken word.  Workshops and seminars on writing, painting and traditional crafts will be held and the Centre will also host a variety of exhibitions.  In fact some of these initiatives have already begun take a look through our current schedule of classes which range from banjo playing to traditional singing.  There is surely something there which will catch your eye.

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Coleman Irish Music Centre
Gurteen, Co. Sligo, Ireland
Tel: +353 71 918 2599  Fax: +353 71 918 2602
Photographs courtesy of David Knight
©2006 C.I.M.C.