Ceol Aneas 2019 was a wonderful experience. All the team who worked to make Ceol Aneas happen were amazing, they ensured everything ran smoothly and that everyone was doing well. The atmosphere was great, everyone was welcoming and very kind. The workshops gave me a great opportunity to learn more tunes and techniques. The workshops were very well run and I gained a lot more depth and knowledge on how to play the fiddle through these classes. The sessions in the evening were great fun altogether. The tunes flowed and we all had a good laugh and bonded for our love of Irish music. Ceol Aneas was overall one of the best weekends in my life, I would recommend this to anyone who has a love for Irish music, and I hope I will be able to get there again in the future.
I was immensely proud and excited to receive a scholarship to attend Ceol Aneas 2019. As I understand that the Hugo charitable trust is the reason that students (such as myself) were able to attend, I would like to take the opportunity to thank-you for allowing me to attend this wonderful learning opportunity. … While I have a great musical passion, being able to attend Ceol Aneas was important for my development, as it allowed me to specifically learn some of the nuances of Irish music. This has considerably improved my folk playing ability. In addition being able to discuss this musical genre with leading experts (such as Eileen O’Brien) and learn music from their perspective has been an unforgettable experience. I am now more confidence in my folk playing abilities and have a greater repertoire of Irish tunes. I believe that any future musicians interested in Irish music attending will continue to considerably benefit from the Ceol Aneas classes. Having reached the twentieth annual anniversary of the event, it is clear that Ceol Aneas is in great demand from the music community, and I expect it will continue to be for the foreseeable future. I very much look forward to returning, and engaging in such a vibrant, learning environment.