Group Activities Suspended

Health officials have advised that one of the best ways to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 virus is to refrain from holding any large social gatherings. To reduce the risk of spreading the virus, Claddagh branch will immediately be suspending all group activities including the Irish music sessions held at Amigos and Bon Temps. It is not known how long this suspension might be in effect. We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you notified of any change.

Traditional Irish Music Sessions

Come and check out one of these monthly Irish music sessions in Saskatoon. Sit and listen, or bring an instrument and join in. You're in for a good time no matter what!

These sessions are for musicians at all levels, for singers, for dancers, and for the enjoyment of anyone who chooses to come. These are not "open stages" for individual performers but are sessions for playing music as a general group, learning new tunes, and good company. If you're new to the sessions and interested in joining in, there are some tips for getting started here.

Bon Temps Cafe

First Sunday of the month from 2 till 4PM. All ages welcome.

223 2nd Avenue South

Amigo's Cantina

Second Saturday of the month, from 2 till 4PM. All ages welcome.

This is our "slow session" - geared toward beginners or those trying to get back into it, we'll slow things down, repeat the pieces more than the usual number of times... whatever works to help more players out to enjoy the sessions with us. Seasoned session musicians are welcome to come, too, and not only share their talent and expertise with newer musicians but also learn a few more tunes themselves so that we can expand what has become "standard" session repertoire! Bring your instrument and join in the fun!

806 Dufferin Avenue
(306) 652 4912

Amigo's Cantina

Third Saturday of the month, from 2 till 4PM. All ages welcome.

806 Dufferin Avenue
(306) 652 4912

Annual General Meeting

This is an opportunity to come and see what Comhaltas is all about. We are always looking for new members! The Annual General Meeting is held in September or October of each year.

Ceilis and Concerts

Ceilis are parties featuring live traditional music and Irish social dancing (ceili dancing) which can be learned on the floor. Ceilis are held whenever there is enough interest; usually there are at least two each year: one in autumn and one in spring.

Concerts include performances by local musicians, by out-of-town performers, and periodically the "Echoes of Erin" North American tour of champion musicians and dancers from Ireland.

Additional Music Information

Performers

Some of the musicians that gather at Comhaltas sessions also play professionally and accept performance bookings. Click here for more information.

Music Instruction

Some of the musicians that gather at Comhaltas sessions also offer instruction in the playing of various instruments. Click here for more information.

Irish Dance Schools

Blakey Irish Dance

Phone: (306) 373-0088

River City School of Irish Dance

Phone: (306) 249-1517
E-mail: rcsid@shaw.ca

Saskatoon Academy of Irish Dance

Phone: (306) 665-5585

Queen Maeve School of Irish Dance

Phone: (306) 931-7620

Brady Academy of Irish Dance Saskaton

E-mail: philbrady@shaw.ca
phone: (306) 934-8902

Irish Language Classes

If you are interested in learning or practicing your Irish in a community of other Saskatoonians, please consider joining the Facebook group "Learning Irish in Saskatoon". It's a closed group, so you'll have to wait until we accept your request, and then you will be welcome to join in on discussions and find out when and where we're meeting next. These meetings will be quite informal, filled with games, conversation practice, books, songs... whatever the participants are interested in! For those interested in a more academic approach, we follow the textbook "Gaeilge gan Stró" ("Irish without Stress"). Meetings are suitable for all levels - from complete beginners to fluent speakers! If you are not on Facebook, or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Meaghan Haughian (haughian.meaghan@gmail.com or 306-281-8847).

If you are interested in Irish but don't have the time to take a class, here are some online resources to get you started (and then be sure to come out to our sessions and ceilis to practice!):

Erins Web Page

A really great learning tool with structured lessons to teach you Irish!
http://www.erinsweb.com/gae_index.html

Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge

A site for those interested in being tested against the European Language Standards in Irish. Lots of resources, recordings, etc.
http://www.teg.ie/

Daltaí na Gaeilge

Translation: Students of Irish. An excellent website with forums, resources, etc.
http://www.daltai.com/

TG4

Irish TV. With English subtitles!
http://www.tg4.ie/

Raidió na Gaeltachta

Irish radio. Even if you don't understand it all, leave it on as you're doing dishes or something, just to get the sounds of Irish in your ear!
http://www.rte.ie/rnag/