“For many folks, CIAW provides them with more Irish traditional music, dance, songs and crafts in one concentrated week than they’re likely to hear and see the other 51 weeks of the year.’’ Myron Bretholz, Irish Bodhran Musician and Teacher-- Baltimore. Quoted in the Wall Street Journal article “The Green Hills of the Catskills” by Earle Hitchner
The Catskills Irish Arts Week is in its 18th Year in the Northern Catskills region in Greene County and will take place July 15-21, 2012. Based around East Durham where our host organization, the M. J. Quill Irish Cultural and Sports Centre maintains its office, the CIAW fulfills Quill Centre’s mission statement of keeping the Irish musical heritage alive in the historic Irish Catskills region through its a highly successful and organized summer school taking place there every July since 1995. Thousands of students from all across the U.S.A. and Canada and hundreds of artists have benefited from the CIAW over the past 17 years as we built a real Irish Village Community every year. Each summer over 100 classes in traditional Irish instruments, songs, dance instruction and Celtic crafts have been offered by some of the finest exponents teaching and performing both in Ireland and North America garnering a world-wide reputation in the process.
The Monday to Friday classes are bolstered by late afternoon lectures on topics chosen by experts among the staff artists, nightly concerts on the Quill Festival Grounds
and dances (ceilithe) in Resort Halls (Shamrock and Weldon Houses and the Inn At Leeds) featuring all the CIAW recruited teaching and performing staff. The teachers and students then all fan out to a series of music jam sessions
playing and socializing alongside one another in the area's resorts and roadhouses that evoke an era when traditional music and dance was shared in informal settings in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. And it is very expensive to accomplish all that and while we more than punched above our weight in years prior to this, the economy has hit us hard this year along with many of you.
- (22 days)