Irish traditional music workshop & music competitions

krakowerin2On September 23rd 2017, and Kilkenny School of Irish Dance will host a joint event of Irish traditional music and dance in Wassenaar and The Hague. Kilkenny School of Irish Dance, lead by Irish dance teacher Sean Kilkenny, has a long history of teaching Irish dance in The Netherlands. To broaden the view of the Irish culture, this years dance competition (or ‘feis’) is now being extended with Irish music workshops and competitions.

Dance competitions

The dance competitions are open to CLRG Irish dance schools. The syllabus and all information regarding the venue and locations can be found at:

Irish music Workshop

bryanIt is with great pleasure that invites the super talented button-accordeon (B/C and C#/D) player Bryan O’Leary to come to The Netherlands to teach a 3 hour tune workshop. Bryan O’Leary (co. Kerry) is the grandson of legendary button-accordeonist Johnny O’Leary and was rewarded the prestigious TG4 Young Musician Award in 2014 for his musical abilities and historical knowledge of the tradition. He is in the last phase of his studies of Irish music at the University of Limerick and has a broad experience in both performing and teaching at various festivals in Ireland. In 2015 he released his first album, Where the bog is, and he has given various presentations on the history of the music on different occasions.  See  below for more info!

This workshop is open to all traditional melody instruments like fiddle, concertina, accordeon, flute and whistle. This workshop, unfortunately. is less suitable for backing instruments like bodhran or guitar. Some basic knowledge of your instrument and of Irish music is required. You will learn some new tunes, including ideas on how to vary, interpret and ornament them to enhance your musical expression.

Location: Adelbert College, Deijlerweg 163, Wassenaar, The Netherlands.

Time: 14:00-17:00

Costs: €35 p.p. – payments can be done in cash or bank by transferring the fee to Martin van Hensbergen, NL89 RABO 0330 6021 95, with description: ‘tune workshop 2017’

To register for this workshop, please send an e-mail to with your name, age, instrument and years of experience.

Note: Pre-registration is highly appreciated as the number of participants is limited.

Irish music Competitions

compIrish traditional music and singing competitions are fairly common in Ireland and people are encouraged to partake in these competitions at an early age. Even though not everyone is competitively-minded, a competition still offers one a chance to perform your favourite tune or song in front of an appreciative and supportive audience. In addition to that, it helps to learn how to keep ones nerves under control by having to play in front of an audience. So, whether you are competitive or not, taking part in a music competition can be a fun and rewarding experience!

There are two sets (and locations) for the music competitions based on the agegroups, which will both be adjudicated by Bryan O’Leary.

Under 17 years of age: these competitions will be run at the feis Adelbert College, Deijlerweg 163, Wassenaar, The Netherlands at 12:00.

Over 17 years of age: these competitions will be run at O’Caseys Pub in The Hague at 20:00 in the evening.

Winners will recieve a Perpetual Cup as part of the Kilkenny Feis and runners up will be presented medals.

A session and ceili will follow after the competitions at this location as well.


  • Registration for the competition costs €5 p.p.
  • You can enter solo or as a duet.
  • if you are a dancer associated with one of the RTME dance schools, your teacher can enter you for these competitions.
  • If you are not a dancer send an e-mail to with your name, age, instrument.

If you have any questions regarding the workshop or the competitions, please contact me at I hope to see many of you soon!

Bryan O’Leary

The link to Bryan’s website and CD: