Get involved in Gamelan

June 15th, 2017 3:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

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West Cork’s newly formed Gamelan will be part of two exciting events in the coming week, starting on Sunday

West Cork’s newly formed Gamelan Spréacha Geala, (translating as ‘Bright Sparks Gamelan) will be part of two exciting events in June.  Both events are free and open to all ages. This unique Skibbereen-based Gamelan is directed by Kevin McNally, Department of Music, UCC.  Playing Gamelan is by its very nature a participatory and sociable experience.  However for those interested in digging deeper, the study of Gamelan can also incoporate the learning of complex musical techniques.  Why not come along to one of the two free events below to hear and learn more?

A 'chamber version' of Gamelan Spréacha Geala, will be visiting The Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival on Sunday June 18th to deliver two workshops. Festival goers are invited to try out this inclusive orchestra, which requires no previous musical experience to play. The instruments are made from bronze and beautifully carved wood, and come from the ancient musical court tradition of Java, Indonesia. Workshops will take place at 1pm and 2pm in Killgarriffe church and places are limited, so get in early to avoid disappointment. It is suitable for all ages but very young children will need to have an adult to help them. For further information/bookings visit

Gamelan Spréacha Geala will also be hosting an open workshop and performance on Wednesday June 21st to celebrate World Music Day.  This day of free events around the world celebrates the universal language of music in its many varied forms.  A ‘taster workshop’ open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) will take place from 7.00 – 7.30pm.  This will be followed by an informal performance of Gamelan music from 7.30 – 9.00pm and feature guest appearances from Bantry Community Choir & The Sunshine Singers.  This event will take place at The workshop, Cope Foundation, Mill Road, Skibbereen

For bookings contact: [email protected]


This project has been kindly supported by Cork Education & Training Board,  HSE/West Cork Mental Health Services, Cork County Council’s Creative Communities awards, MusicAlive & Suisha Arts/Cope Foundation.  For further information visit West Cork Feelgood on


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