15th August 2016
Rithim na Réabhlóide BRAY MARCH 2016Bray Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann commemoration of the Centenary of the Easter Rising Featuring Rithim na Réabhlóide composed by Tim Doyle
14th August 2016
Bray Under 18 Grüpa Cheoil Leinster 2016Bray Comhaltas Under 18 Grüpa Cheoil performing at the Leinster final Kilkenny 2016.
12th June 2016
Kilcoole Remembers 1916Our branch received warm thanks from organisers of Kilcoole Remembers 1916 last Sunday 5th June. Our musicians turned out under beautiful summer weather on Kilcoole main street and received the marching Volunteers with fiddle, flute, harp, concertina, and whistle with a p...
About Comhaltas Bhré
The artists at our branch live the traditions. Our music has been passed on from generation to generation. Our indigenous culture and our music have been made sustainable through networks and branches like ours. Once on the brink of oblivion, our music now defines a genre, is part of our community, association for the diaspora, and art of our heritage. Read More
Our Community & Heritage
‘Community’ is at the heart of Comhaltas. The outputs of our branch are our cultural assets. Our cultural assets belong to our community. They express the goal of our branch – the personality and identity of our community through our cultural heritage. We remember former generations and bridge them to new ones, emphasising that our heritage is our proud resource. Read More
Our Fleadh Cheoil (Festival of Music) is a multi-sided event where aspects of our traditions are celebrated through competition, tutorials, performance, master classes and instrument making. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Music Festival of Ireland) is known globally as the largest folk festival on the planet. Participation and competing align with our goal of developing cultural assets. Read More
WHY COMHALTAS BHRÉ
OPEN MUSICAL RUNWAY
We instil confidence in all our learners and encourage everyone to share and grow musically. We guide both learner and instrument together along their own journey and runway within the traditions until they learn to fly by themselves.
We seek first to understand, then be understood. Following the traditions, our Artist’s skilfully assess & assist matching learners with instruments and accelerating development. Our Artist’s greatest satisfaction is developing growth and generating intrinsic motivation for traditional Irish music in our learners.
COMMUNITY & HERITAGE
‘Community’ is at the heart of Comhaltas. The outputs of our branch are our cultural assets. Our outputs are our learners. Each year we enrol new learners and output our heritage to the community. We have one-to-many relationships with multiple and various partners in our community, sharing and engaging in order to achieve common goals. Our cultural assets belong to our community. They express the goal of our branch – the personality and identity of our community through our cultural heritage. We remember former generations and bridge them to new ones, emphasising that our heritage is our proud resource.
We are part of a BIG global family. The vision of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is underpinned by its branch network of which we are an active participant. We are 1 of over 420 branches in 15 countries on 4 continents. Since our incorporation, our branch leaders have nurtured organic growth by drawing upon their own passion, experience and capabilities, on our community, and on our members. Our branch is growing. Our network is growing.
Traditional Irish music is a resource that tones the brain for auditory fitness. In addition to mandatory Western music notation with tunes, our Artists use the traditional method of tune dissemination “by ear”. Our learner’s attention capability is sharpened and active listening is heightened. As a consequence, absorbing information in the classroom and following patterns or sequences are enhanced.
Our most important assets are those who learn to play our music, those whom we encourage, motivate and steer. They create the magic.
Our Literature & History
We encourage and promote the literature that supports our tradition, from O’Carolan to Captain O’Neill, to modern and contemporary texts.
Measure & Adjust
We continuously assess our learners, their instrumental ability and their auditory capability and suggest adjustments for fast development.
Our lessons are delivered by our Artists in a class room like environment where learners can develop surrounded by their musical peers.
Our Artists provide notation for each tune and assist with note taking on aspects of our music such as ornamentation, rhythm, and various scales.
We promote and encourage the use of technology to aid learning, support, communication, auditory playback and reduce tune absorption time.
Just give it a try Free beginning term
- Material overview
- Say hello to Artists
- Introduction to instruments
- Try one out
- Assessment (if required)
- Experience the sounds
- Meet new friends
- Discover your inner instrument
For Community Supporters from only €7 per year
- Full Comhaltas membership
- Unique membership ID
- Receive notification for all events
- Access to local Comhaltas concerts and venues
- Receive discount rates for events
- Member of a global network
- Partner with local corporate & business affiliates
- Support local community cultural development
for our Musicians from only €9 per lesson
- Super value
- One-to-one access to professional artists
- Tune portfolio (age/standard based)
- Expert notation tuition
- Specialist workshops (learners only)
- Continual assessment
- Master classes (Music, Song & Dance)
- Access to instrument bank (limited)
Our traditional social dances include old style step, sean-nós, set dancing and ceili dancing.
An instrumental group where members learn and rehearse a large repertoire of tunes in various forms, ready for public performance.
Similar to a Grúpa Cheoil but musicians in the Céilí Band learn dance tunes only, in preparation to play for Céilí Dances.
A musical ensemble comprising only of traditional Irish harp where musicians are trained to express the depth and voices of this unique instrument.
Preparation for our musicians for the informal setting of the traditional Irish seisiún – an important social & cultural export to the community and beyond.
National & International twinning
Through twinning we foster friendships and understanding of musical styles between branches in our network and those of other cultures.
My first experience of Comhaltas was at 8 years of age. It gave a very shy, quiet child confidence, friendship, but most of all a love for music and the Irish culture. More than 30 years later I still love the music and playing it. The organisation showed me at a young age that once learned and mastered I could have this music forever and take part in it no matter how old I got or wherever I go in the world. I have and still make so many friends through Irish traditional music. It was the best hobby my parents introduced me to at 8 years old.
Our cultural assets should be an enriching part of the lives of Irish people everywhere, particularly our young people; they should be a living, highly visible and vibrant part of our society; they should be easily accessible to all; and their unique social, cultural and economic benefits should be realized by communities and individuals throughout the country and in Irish communities abroad.
Michael D. Higgins
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
(no pun intended)
c/o Coláiste Ráithín,
Eglinton Rd, Bray,
Co. Wicklow, Ireland.