June 25th - July 6th
Blas is now firmly established as one of Ireland’s most prestigious summer schools, attracting students from around the world to spend two weeks gaining expertise from Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, singers and dancers. The summer school combines the familiar concept of master classes in instrument/voice/dance specific technique and repertoire, as found in many summer schools, but with small class sizes and the unparalleled level of student interaction with tutors that this can offer.
Blas offers on-campus accommodation in the University’s luxurious student-villages. Apart from tuition and master classes, Blas students can expect a whole range of activities including lectures on Irish Traditional music topics, field-trips, sessions, lunchtime and evening concerts, céilís, and above all, the opportunity to share tunes with some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians. The programme has ample content and contact hours that it can be accredited with 3 Academic credits or 6 ECTS credits towards an international degree (see website for details). This makes Blas unique within the world of traditional music summer schools in that the study of Irish traditional music, song and dance can count as a percentage towards a university degree education.
During the course of the two weeks, there are several public concerts which take place in venues throughout Limerick City, with Tutors also give free lunchtime concerts during the two weeks of Blas which are also open to the public.
An exciting development for Blas 2010 was the introduction of the Paul Brady Blas Scholarship. This is providing €20,000 in endowment funds over three years, offering 25 places for deserving musicians, singers & dancers on the Blas programme. The recipients of the scholarships will benefit from master classes and tuition from Ireland’s most distinguished traditional musicians, singers and dancers. Applications for Paul Brady Blas Scholarship 2011 are open until Friday March 30th.
Further information on the Paul Brady Blas Scholarship and on Blas 2012 (updates on tutors, scholarships, concerts, seminars and performances) are available from the website () or by contacting Blas Director Ernestine Healy at:
Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance,
University of LimerickTelephone: 061-202653 Email:[email protected]