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Aoife Clancy Offers Irish Song Workshop – Brevard NC


Aoife Clancy

Music is important in our creative community. The TC Arts Council will tap into that, as well as our Scots-Irish heritage and offer an Irish Music Workshop throughout September led by Irish born Aoife Clancy. Workshops will be held on Wednesday's at the TC Arts Council in September from 2 – 3:30 p.m. (Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28). The cost for the workshop is $20 per student, per class.

This class is comprised of songs from traditional Irish origin. Instructor Aoife Clancy, teaches songs that were passed down to her from her father and grandparents. Students will receive song sheets to keep during the workshop as well as the background and origin of the songs. Students will also learn a vocal technique to certain unaccompanied songs that helps with ornamentation and pacing of songs. For some of the material, the instructor will accompany herself with the guitar and Irish drum, called a Bodhràn.

Clancy was raised in Ireland in a musician's household. Her father, Bobby Clancy, was a member of the legendary Clancy Brothers and taught her old ballads and traditional songs from an early age. She has been performing professionally for over 30 years. She has focused as lead vocalist with a group called Cherish the Ladies and has taught workshops since the early 1990s throughout the United States. She has also featured with the Boston Pops as a soloist and has nine recordings, three solo and six with Cherish the Ladies.

To reserve your spot for this workshop, call (828) 884–2787. Workshops will be held at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street. The TC Arts Council is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit arts organization promoting all arts in Transylvania County. To learn more, visit


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