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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:29 am 

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Colm Phelan and Goitse will be performing at this years Pittsburgh Irish Festival

While he has some "down time" between sets and sessions, Colm has agreed to lead a bodhran workshop on Sunday the 11th.

Please RSVP as seating will be limited

Bodhran Workshop with Colm Phelan
Sunday September 11th
Garfield Art Works
4931 Penn Ave
Pgh Pa 15224
$25 per student
RSVP to to reserve a seat

"Colm Phelan is one of Ireland's leading young percussionists, and an exceptional Bodhrán player, providing new dimensions to the voice of the instrument" Niall Keegan, Course Director, BA Irish Music and Dance.

Portlaoise-born Colm has been playing Bodhrán and Ceili Band drums since childhood and has been a prominent contender in the All Ireland competition since his earliest years of playing both Bodhran and Drums; in fact Colm qualified for the All-Ireland finals in his very first year of playing.

Colm is a winner of numerous titles down through the years with his proudest achievements being the first ever World Bodhrán Champion, in Miltown, Co Kerry in 2006 ,and in the same year winning the All Ireland in Letterkenny for the second year in succession. This back-to-back achievement was closely echoed in his unique multiple Ceili Band drum competition successes. An All Ireland winner on both Bodhrán and Ceili Band drums is no mean feat.
Despite his young age, Colm is already an experienced teacher and performer.. He has taught in France, Germany, Holland, Italy, at the international summer school Craiceann on Innis Oir and for the past three years he has been leading the advanced class at Coleman Country Bodhrán School and will continue to do so this year.

Colm has performed on stage alongside John Joe Kelly, Junior Davey, and Eamon Murray, as well as appearing on RTE1 TV, BBC TV, TV3, TG4, Ceili House and Midlands Radio 3. His latest recording for TV was with the famous Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin for the late night programme 'The View'.
Currently Colm is a BA student of Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. He will be the first Bodhrán player to graduate from the BA who has spent his entire four years studying the Bodhrán as his main instrument. The University experience has quickened his pride in his Irish heritage and reinforced his desire to ground himself firmly within the tradition. To further this approach Colm has become involved in the design and development of the instrument to advance his expertise.

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