Some of the world’s top traditional Irish musicians will be gathering in St. Louis over the weekend of April 20-22 for the 21st annual St. Louis Tionól, a three-day musical celebration that includes educational workshops and a concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
Pronounced “chun-awl,” tionól is the Irish word for a gathering and it captures the essence of the weekend. Tionól as a way to bring together people interested in traditional Irish music, because of heritage or exposure to shows such as Riverdance, together with world class performers and teachers for a weekend of workshops and sessions and concerts. With a total attendance of close to 3,000 over the years, it has become the event in the Midwest for lovers of traditional music.
The highlight of the St. Louis Tionól will be a concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall showcasing our teachers who hail from Ireland and across North America.
The Saturday (April 21st ) concert begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available through Metrotix (metrotix.com, 314-534-1111) or at the door. Children 12 and under are free.
Workshops for beginners, intermediate players and advanced musicians will be held Saturday (April 21st ) at Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves. The day-long workshops are an excellent opportunity for those who have always wanted to learn the penny whistle (tin whistle) or bodhrán (Irish drum). No experience necessary and you don’t need to read music. The workshops also provide an outstanding opportunity for more experienced musicians to improve their technique and learn new tunes from the masters.
Rose Flanagan and Dylan Foley, two amazing fiddle players will be here joining us. Dylan is frequently at McGurks and will be known to many in St. Louis. We will, of course, feature the iconic uilleann (pronounced ‘illin”) bagpipes which were just placed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Our teachers will include Nollaig MacCarthaig, Tom Creegan, all-Ireland winner Michael Stribling, Pat Broaders, and Kieran O’Hare. We’re delighted to welcome Liam O’Brien, the TG4 young musician of the year on concertina. Tommy Martin, our own St. Louis pipemaker, and the long time piper with Celtic Women, will be doing the reeds, essential for playing the uilleann pipes. We’re thrilled to have Eimear Arkins who hails from Co. Clare and was the first place winner of the prestigious All-Ireland title, as our ballads instructor. And of course, there’ll be classes in Bodhrán with Chris Weddle and Jim Wenham and guitar with Keith Reins. We’ve many more workshops featured, all of which can be seen on the website – www.tionol.org
More information, including a schedule of all events, online workshop registration, and concert tickets can be found at www.tionol.org. To register by phone, call 636-926-9192.