A previous Trad Tryout day in Castlepollard.

Trad Tryout and Irish music session in north Westmeath

Clann Lir branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in north Westmeath are restarting Irish music classes in Castlepollard for adults and children in the next few weeks, after a two-year gap because of Covid restrictions.

To launch the Irish music season, an adult Irish music session is taking place on Sunday November 20 in Castlepollard GAA centre at 3pm, and all musicians are welcome.

On the following Sunday, November 27, a Trad Tryout event is taking place for children who would like to learn Irish music and are interested in trying instruments. That event takes place at 3pm, also in Castlepollard GAA Centre.

Clann Lir CCÉ invite people to go along and try a traditional Irish instrument prior to the beginning of music classes, and suggest that people who have already learned an instrument might like to move on to another instrument, and Trad Tryout is a great opportunity for this.

Committee members will be available each day to register interest in classes and take yearly membership to the branch. Anyone attending classes has to become a member of Clann Lir branch of Comhaltas. Yearly membership fees are:, Family €20; first adult €12; subsequent adult €8; U18 €6.

Instruments for which it is hoped classes will be available are: fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, button accordion, traditional flute and tin whistle.