McDonnell's Traditional Irish Music Slow Session

Lake School of Celtic Music, Song & Dance

Lake School 2015 Logo on Brochure

Lake School of Celtic Music Song & Dance 2011

Come to the 2024 Lake School of Celtic Music, Song and Dance [2- 7 January]. The only way to keep the tradition going is if we introduce 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.

The 2024 School offers beginner and advanced 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 encouraged 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.  Lisa and I  will be running the popular slow session every morning as we have done in years past and we have very well-attended house parties (slow sessions) at the Commercial Hotel and Kirkstall Hotel most evenings where students and tutors can share their music and songs.



Slow & Steady Sessions and House Parties provide an opportunity for everyone to join in the fun.
To encourage everyone to join our Slow & Steady Session classes and House Parties at the Lake School we have compiled 59 common session tunes for beginners that include chords.  Click on the title to download the Lake School Music Booklet 2023. We made this booklet available for free in order to keep the tradition of playing Irish/Celtic music in sessions alive for you need to know some tunes before you can join a session. Many of these tunes can be heard by clicking: Slow and Steady Playlist. Please feel free to share it with your family, students and musical friends. We hope you find it a useful resource.  Enjoy the music!
    Lake School 2023 Slow Session Class in Dukes Commercial Hotel Koriot
Lake School 2023 House Party
Lake School 2023 House Party at Dukes Commercial Hotel in Koroit
Kid’s Program

While siblings and parents are enjoying instrument and dance lessons, there is a concurrent Kid’s lessons from 9:00 – 9:45 and a Kids Program from 10:00 – 12:45 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 primary school. In addition, every year there are specially designed kid’s instrument classes for those wanting to learn to play the fiddle, flute, whistle, ukulele and bodhran.

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

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:

2024 Ticket prices 
For ticket information go to If you have questions contact Felix 0413 801 294.