Presently Ards CCÉ offers lessons for all traditional instruments on Saturday mornings at St. Columbanus College, Bangor for both children and adults.
All classes are overseen by Niall & Bronagh McClean. Niall is an All Ireland Champion fiddle player and extremely adept on the tin whistle / low whistle and has played all over the world (including the USA) with other famous musicians, in particular, “The Three Irish Tenors”. Bronagh is an incredible banjo player / fiddle player with a 1st Class Honours Degree in music and is currently teaching at a local secondary school.
Ards CCÉ have tutors that provide lessons in the following specialised instruments
- Uilleann Pipes
Niall McClean: Fiddle / Whistle
Bronagh McClean: Fiddle / Banjo / Guitar / Mandolin / BouzoukiCaitlin
Caitlin Mitchell: Accordion
Josh Owens: Banjo / Fiddle / Bodhran
Colleen McCleery: Fiddle / Whistle / Banjo / Concertina
Emma McCleery: Flute / Whistle
Mairead Forde: Ceili Band
In addition to the above tutors, Ards CCÉ frequently organises specialised workshops for various instruments given by high-profile musicians, including the master bodhrán player, Eamon Murray.