Celtic Culture Camp
June 28-30 |9:30-11:30 AM|$80.00
Boys and Girls aged 5+ will be introduced to the fundamentals of irish music, language and dance in this fun and high energy 3 day class.
In addition to classes with the ryan academy of irish dance teaching staff, 2019 campers will engage in demonstrations by irish musicians from the kentuckiana area and across the midwest:
Shannon Kelly is a traditional Irish harp player from St. Louis, Missouri where she has been involved in the arts of Irish music and dance for almost 20 years. She began her musical journey under the tutorship of the renowned teachers from St. Louis Irish Arts, specifically the phenomenal harp player Eileen Gannon. Throughout the years, Shannon has participated in countless Regional and All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil competitions where she has competed and placed in solo and group competitions. Shannon has also been teaching private lessons on the Irish harp since her early teens, and loves sharing her passion for the Irish arts with her students.
Louisville Pipe Band
The Louisville Pipe Band was officially organized in 1988, but has its roots leading back to 1978. Today, the Louisville Pipe Band is one of only two competitive bagpipe bands in Kentucky. Members enjoy playing bagpipes and drums in Grade IV and Grade V sanctioned bagpipe band competitions, in sanctioned solo competitions, and performing for audiences in mini-band settings, parades and on stage.
Anna Blanton received a Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Louisville. She now enjoys a busy performance career and teaches violin and mandolin at Jeff Guernsey's Conservatory of Music in Clarksville, IN. Anna performs many genres including classical, celtic, bluegrass, and country, and currently performs with the Paducah Symphony, country band Jericho Woods, and bluegrass band The Porch Possums. You may have seen her perform in the backup ensembles of Josh Groban, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Disturbed, Celtic Thunder, 2 Cellos, and Evanescence. She also played fiddle and mandolin for folk singer, Colter Wall, in 2017.