Barefield is synonymous with Irish Traditional Music and the students in the school have opportunities to learn tin-whistle at an early age. They progress to a wide range of instruments including fiddle, concertina, harp, flute, accordion, banjo, mandolin, pipes, piano, drums so that they can partake in Céilí bands and groups.
These ensembles are done through the medium of ear-training and learning by ear with immersion in the rich culture of Ireland. All pupils are encouraged to practice for solo and ensemble-playing with some making it to All-Ireland standard every year since 1997.
Links have been made in the USA, Sweden and Bulgaria with students from these countries performing in Barefield over the past number of years. The drive for excellence comes from Denis Liddy who plays fiddle. He has played with many groups and bands over a long number of years and has recorded many CDs.
Irish Traditional Music teaching takes place after school (see timetable).
Tigh na Coille groups and bands had a great summer 2019. We had great help with arrangements and tutoring from Elvie Miller, Heidi & Brenn Liddy along with Derek Hickey and Eimear Coughlan. The school [...]
Congratulations to all the musicians who played at the weekend in the West County, Ennis. The sunshine and the crowds made it a memorable weekend for all. The younger group under 12 played to a [...]
In association with Mr. Liddy's Trad Music classes and to celebrate World Music Day parents are invited to attend a school concert tomorrow, Friday 22nd @ 11.00 am in our Halla.
Today, we invited all grandparents, step-grandparents or special grand-friends to a special celebration in our school. Grandparents were welcomed by the music of our traditional musicians before visiting their grand children's classrooms. From 9.30a.m. to [...]
Tigh na Coille musicians had a fantastic Fleadh Cheoil an Chláir in Kilrush over the weekend of June 24th/25th. Our group under 12 years qualified for Fleadh na Mumhan which will be held in Cork [...]
To celebrate World Music Day, our traditional musicians performed a concert in the school on Thursday, 22nd of June, in front of the school and many parents, grand-parents and friends. Mr Burns congratulated them for [...]