29-31 May. Lovers of Irish music and culture can look forward to the second edition of the Festival of Traditional Irish Music, taking place in Rome at Circolo Culturale Bosio and Caffè Letterario, from 29-31 May.
The event features leading traditional Irish musicians and is organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Italia, in collaboration with the Irish embassy in Rome and Culture Ireland.
The festival begins on the evening of 29 May with a welcome session while the next morning there will be workshops dedicated to learning the violin, Irish dance and Ireland's Gaelic language.
The workshops will continue in the afternoon and the second day ends at the Caffè Letterario with the concert Caitlín & Ciarán, as part of a worldwide tour to promote the launch of their debut CD. The concert will be opened by Christy Leahy and Marco Fabbri, with Red Pack.
Workshops continue on Sunday 31 May and the festival concludes with a traditional Irish music session, beginning at 21.00. Admission to the concert is free, and there is also an unlimited buffet at 19.00, costing €15 including a cocktail.
There are four teachers participating in the workshops.
Concertina/dance: Three time All-Ireland concertina champion, Caitlín Nic Gabhann is a regular performer at festivals and in concert halls from North America to Asia.
Violin: A former recipient of TG4 Young Musician of the Year, fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh hails from the Gaoth Dobhair gaeltacht in Co. Donegal.
Bodhrán: Brent Cassidy has been playing this ancient Irish musical instrument since 2001 and has become a respected bodhrán player in Finland.
Gaelic: Ciara Nic Gabhann is an Irish speaker from Derry with over 20 years professional teaching experience, who also holds weekly Irish language classes at the Druid's Den Irish bar in Rome.
Event organiser and director of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Italia, Marzio Venuti Mazzi, told Wanted in Rome that the festival promises to be "a fascinating insight into the traditional music, dance and language of Ireland and is also a rare opportunity to listen to one of the best Irish trad shows around."
For full programme details see Facebook event page.