The program educates
children about our musical heritage, exposes them to
professionally performed acoustic music and encourages them to
listen to and perform music themselves. The program also aims
to help students celebrate cultural commonalities and feel
connected or bridge differences through the sharing of an
exciting musical experience.
In performance, Claddagh
plays a variety of music associated with Ireland and the British
Isles. This includes jigs, reels, airs, hornpipes, ballads, and a sea
chantey or two. The band explains the origins of the music and
takes questions. The audience is involved with
the program through clapping, singing, and dancing.
A Valuable Lesson from Claddagh
With rising concern throughout the country
that students be made to feel a sense of community in our
schools, Claddagh offers a unique opportunity toward this goal.
Music comes in many different styles and forms and students
often perceive their own musical taste as an obstacle separating
them from people with different preferences. In fact, many
areas where individual differences are noticeable (be they
cultural, lingual, racial, academic, or physical) can cause
students to feel less connected and more isolated. Claddagh
performs the traditional music of Ireland and discusses the
history and commonalities with other music forms, e.g.,
bluegrass, old-time, jazz, folk, and modern rock.
Claddagh performs on an eclectic set of
(mostly) acoustic instruments including flutes, fiddles, guitar,
hammered dulcimer, bass guitar, and vocals. Students will
experience enjoyment hearing music that they may not be at all
familiar with and, looking around, they will find other students
(along with their teachers) tapping their toes, clapping their
hands, and rising to their feet and dancing. If your school is
looking for a way to help students feel connected or bridge
differences, this concert is for you.
Fact Sheet for Teachers
- is a five piece group which originated in November
- performs traditional music of Ireland and the British
- comes to you from Grand County, Colorado.
- can be found on the web at:
Prepare Your Students for the Show!
Talk about where Ireland is geographically
Discuss the Famine and the great emigration.
Discuss the cultural differences between Ireland, England,
Talk about the life of St. Patrick.
Teach students the words to “Sweet Rosie O'Grady.”
- Research famous Irish writers, e.g., Yeats, Keats, Joyce,
- Write an essay identifying similarities and differences
between Irish and Bluegrass music.
- Research the history of Vikings in Ireland.