Seán Heely Celtic Trio : School Programs October 25th

Sean Heely Trio School Programs


October 25, 2019 - 10:00 am


October 25, 2019 - 2:00 pm


Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor, Maine   View map

Experience the magical music of Scotland and Ireland with the Seán Heely Celtic Trio.

U.S National Scottish Fiddle champion Seán Heely, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Kevin Elam, and bagpiper Tracy Jenkins. The three gents bring together multiple different instruments to perform fiery dance tunes and ancient, soaring melodies from Scotland and Ireland.

They perform original compositions and have rich vocal harmonies in their solid song repertoire that features ballads, sea shanties, and songs in Irish and Scots Gaelic.

The Seán Heely Celtic Trio will present an educational and engaging concert experience for students of area Elementary, Middle and High Schools.

Bringing together their expertise of the tunes and songs of Irish, Scottish, and Maritime tradition, the trio will explain how song functioned in the context of dance, aural history, and in the communities of Colonial America. Favorite tunes of Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry (both of whom were fiddlers themselves) and George Washington will be presented. Students will learn a chorus or two from the Scots Gaelic song tradition, Irish ballads, and of course everyone’s favorite: “sea chanteys” performed by settlers coming to the New World. The trio will also demonstrate how these song/tune traditions transformed into American music citing songs from Appalachia and even specifically to Maine!

Sean will do a 45 minute children’s concert October 25 in the morning for elementary aged students from several schools in our district at Hammond Hall.

That same afternoon, a Master’s Class will be held for high school students at Hammond Hall. The focus of the class will vocal ornamentation and stylizing for chorus and show choir.

Students will be invited to join the band on the stage of Hammond Hall for their performance at 7 that evening.




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Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.