McDonnell's Traditional Irish Music Slow Session

Lake School of Celtic Music, Song & Dance

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Come to the 2018 Lake School of Celtic Music, Song and Dance. The only way to keep the tradition going is if we are able to recruit more young people and new musicians to the joys of playing Celtic music.  The School provides a fantastic opportunity for young, and not so young, to participate in playing Celtic music, singing, dancing and just having a good old time. The School offers something for everyone.   In our fast paced, computer addicted society, the School offers a unique opportunity for families to spend time together learning about and sharing a love of Celtic music, song and dance. This year the School will run from 2-7 January 2018 and includes the old favourites and new activities.

The 2018 School offers beginner and advances lessons on the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, flute, accordion, tin whistle, Celtic harp, cello, anglo concertina, uilleann pipes, bodhran, 5 string banjo, DADGAD guitar, basic guitar and ukulele. In addition, the School offers you the opportunity to learn to write songs, learn to sing traditional Celtic and pub songs, learn Irish set dancing and join in on the evening céilidh (or céilí) dances or learn to speak and read Irish.  All students are encourage to join either fast Irish music sessions for advanced students or the slower Irish sessions that cater to beginner musicians and singers. For those not well suited to playing music or dancing you can join the James Joyce Reading Group which this year will explore the lyrics of Van Morrison.  Lisa and I  will be running the popular slow session every morning as we have done in years past and we have the very well attended house parties (slow sessions) at the Commercial Hotel  (see video) most evenings where students and tutors can share their music and songs.

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Kid’s Program

While siblings and parents are enjoying instrument and dance lessons, there is a concurrent Kid’s Program from 9:30- 1:00 during which younger children can participate in a variety of activities including arts and crafts, storey telling and plays.  The program is designed for kids in primarykids program 2005school. In addition, every year there are specially designed Kids dance class and instrument classes for those wanting to learn to play the fiddle, flute, whistle and bodran.

Youth Program

The Lake School has a well developed and successful youth program for high school students.  This program is student driven and typically involves activities such as film making, journalism and computer animation.

Lake School is held in the lovely village of  Koroit, Victoria which is approximately 3.5 hours west of Melbourne near Warrambool.
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There are plenty of reasonably priced accommodations nearby but you need to book early.  See list below:

Olde Courthouse Inn- Koroit – (03) 6565 8346

Carleton Inn – (03) 5565 7290

Koroit-Tower Hill Caravan Park – (03) 5565 7926 (9 am – 7:30 pm, leave message)

Mickey Bourke’s Koroit Hotel – (03) 5565 8201

For regional information check out these websites:

Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre – 1 800 637 725

Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre – (03) 5568 2682 and accommodations

Friends of St Brigid’s Irish-Australian Cultural and Community Centre – 0497 352 001

If not everyone in the family is into music and dance or you need a break, there are Heaps of things to do in the area. check out the following websites for local attractions and activities:

2018 Ticket prices 

Adults $235, Children under 18 $130,  Family ticket $530 (two adults and five children) Early bird – tickets purchased before 31 Aug 2016  discounted by 10% and by 30 Sept 5% discount. The Lake School is unique in that students can participate in any number of classes from instrument lessons to singing to dance.

Click highlighted text to download PDF of the Lake School 2017 Brochure go to:

For additional information about the Lake School go to If you have questions contact Felix 0413 801 294,

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