January 2019 – Registration is now open for our spring classes – please see our Class Descriptions and Registration pages for more information.
We are pleased to welcome Rose Conway Flanagan this spring; Rose will offer fiddle workshops on the NY Sligo style on April 7. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for Rose’s bio information.
The joy of music lasts a lifetime!
Welcome to the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, which offers group instruction in traditional Irish music to children and adults on a variety of instruments (fiddle, tin whistle, flute, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and bodhran), as well as singing and mixed instrument classes. Classes are offered by outstanding instructors for players of all levels. We offer classes in the beautifully renovated historic barn in Old Wethersfield at the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, 431 Hartford Ave., Wethersfield, CT.
Interested in finding out more? Please see our current course offerings.
Ready to sign up? Please click here for registration information and form (pricing listed on form).
Read about our Irish Music Class Instructors.
Questions? Contact Director Jeanne Freeman if you have questions or would like more information.
The Hartford Courant wrote a nice feature article about the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music .
Rose Conway Flanagan originally began Irish music lessons with Martin Mulvihill while growing up in the Bronx. She then further developed her New York Sligo style of fiddling with the help of family friend and mentor Martin Wynne and her older brother Brian Conway. Rose was recently inducted into the Mid Atlantic Region CCE hall of fame alongside her father Jim and her brother Brian.
She currently has a large music school in her hometown of Pearl River where she is hard at work preparing the next generation of great traditional musicians, which include several All-Ireland winners and medalists. Among Rose’s past students are all the fiddlers in Girsa and senior fiddle champion Dylan Foley.
Rose has been an instructor at the Alaska fiddle camp, The Catskills Irish Arts week, The Swannanoa Celtic Gathering, The O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, Fiddle and Pick Irish Camp, The Baltimore Trad Weekend and Mad for Trad week in the U.S. She has also taught at the DeDanaan Dance Camp in Vancouver, British Columbia and Scoile Eigse in Cavan, and Sligo Ireland. She has also taught workshops at the Northeast Tional, Cape Cod Ceili Weekend and at various CCE conventions. Rose also runs seisuns, plays with her group the Green Gates Ceili Band and performs in various concerts throughout the area.
Rose recently released a duo cd with flute player Laura Byrne from Baltimore, “Forget Me Not”, which was met with great reviews.