Music classes in Donegal – and fab workshops!

Getting 2017 organised here at the Donegal Music Education Partnership (DMEP), bringing music classes to the world (in Donegal anyway).

Next up are workshops with the Fab Four at the RCC in Letterkenny on Sunday 22nd January – Julie Fowlis (voice), Kris Drever (guitar/vocal), Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle) and Padraig Rynne (concertina). What a line-up!

The workshops are from 3.30pm to 5pm. The cost is just €10 – and that includes admission to the four’s concert in the RCC that night. That’s thanks to the support of Music Network and the RCC. Places are limited. Call 07491 76293 or email

Kris, Julie, Aoife and PadraigTHE FOUR – Kris Drever, Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ni Bhriain and Padraig Rynne

Music tuition throughout Donegal started back the week beginning Monday 9th January. Our dozen performing groups are also wheeling back into action. Conductor Vincent Kennedy faced a journey from Dublin in cool conditions for rehearsal with the Donegal Youth Orchestra at the RCC on Friday 13th.

Music Development Manager Martin McGinley is helping with the promotion of Letterkenny Trad Week, including two appearances on Highland Radio with guitarist Ted Ponsonby – one on the ‘Weekend Edition’ with Greg Hughes, Sat 14th, and the second on Jean Curran’s ‘Private Collection’ show, Sun 15th.

Here at the DMEP we have around 500 children and young people (and some enterprising adults) getting individual or small group music classes, and 250 in performing groups. There’s always something happening 🙂

The big majority of our tuition slots across Donegal are fully booked, but we do have some spaces still available. Our adult return-to-music group Mind Your Quavers warmly welcomes new members, as does our adult choir, the Errigal Singers. Young singers are catered for in our three junior choirs (Letterkenny, Dungloe, Carrick) and Donegal Youth Choir. Jazzers have the Errigal Groove Orchestra and Errigal Saxtet. To find out more, give us a ring on 07491 76293 or email

Home to Ballybeg, An Grianan Letterkenny, 17 JULY 2016.

Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh singing with Manus Lunny’s band and a DMEP string section during the ‘Home to Ballybeg’ concert at An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny, 17 July 2016

The DMEP is a fantastic music project (though we say so ourselves :-).

The DMEP is part of Donegal Education and Training Board. Many of the music classes happen in Donegal ETB schools, colleges and centres across the county. We teach mostly classical and jazz, with some contemporary/rock and traditional music. If you’d like to play or sing, get in touch!

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    Soundwaves 2016 the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny ( 15-17 of February)