The experience of Singing on the Wild Side is far more than just a singing holiday. We sing every morning in the gorgeous large sunny singing room, with its beautiful acoustic, that looks out onto Muckish mountain. By the end of the week you will find yourself rested, rejuvenated and restored to your centred and grounded self, with a repertoire of up to 12 harmony songs – and that’s just the beginning…
Our repertoire will be wide and varied. We normally have one or two songs that challenge us, then a mixture of Irish songs, world music, rounds, and improvisation.
We also do our best to introduce singers to the rich local Gaelic culture. You may find yourself moved to tears singing in the ruins of Ray church, or listening to a local singer singing in the ancient sean-nós style. You will have the afternoons to explore the beaches, mountains, rivers and historic sites that abound in the area. We also offer guided walks, kayaking, poetry and music evenings.
Perhaps we will even have deepened our appreciation of the land, our place in it, our communities and ourselves.
A wide range of singers come on our holidays: from beginners to experienced and confident singers. Over the week our little community grows and develops, as we cook and eat together each evening, share experiences and sing together.
“I have been making and playing music for as long as I can remember. I was firmly rooted in the western classical tradition. Later in life I moved to Ireland and discovered a world of joyful community music making and the Irish aural music tradition. I learned Traditional Irish fiddle, rediscovered my guitar and opened myself to the scope, beauty and unique qualities of ‘vernacular’ (ordinary, day-to-day, normal) music.
Whether you make music a little or a lot with your voice, or with an instrument, you are creating something beautiful. My passion is to bring people together to celebrate and generate music of all kinds. My approach is joyful, inclusive, relaxed, informal and fun and I aim to ensure that all participants feel uplifted, happy and end the session with a big smile.”