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A chance to learn music theory from an expert, Colm Keegan!

(Image courtesy of YouTube, Colm Keegan’s channel. http://www.ckonlineteaching.com)

Hey peeps,

Wanted to pass along a short blurb featuring an awesome opportunity for growth. Colm Keegan, Irish singer with the popular world music group Celtic Thunder, is taking students for his online teaching school. He starts his Music Theory class on Monday, July 20th, and will also teach an Intro to Irish after Christmas.

As a former member of Celtic Woman, a current Principal singer of Celtic Thunder, and with his own CKonTour duo with talented cellist, singer, dancer, and actor Laura Durrant, Colm has been all over the world. He’ll use his own music training and education, combined with his experience, to engage the student in an interactive setting.

Students can choose either one-on-one classes, occurring either twice a week, or once a week, or a group class that is held on Saturdays.

Whether you’re into music, a perpetual student, or a writer trying to deepen your well to draw from, this class is for you–and you don’t need any experience in music to join. He’ll teach to your level.

Colm is smart, funny and charming, and he’s very passionate about teaching.

From his home to yours–it’ll be great craic!

Jeanie

All the details are in the video. What’re you waiting for?

Three things an Irish teen thinks you should know before you visit Ireland–an interview with Thea Kelly

In my second book, The Celtic Captive, my protagonist Cáel Moore’s first language is Irish, having grown up in a Gaeltacht (an Irish speaking community). Though fluent at both Irish and English, whenever he is disoriented, feeling ill, or is in the, um, romantic way, Irish is his go-to language. When Molly Evans first meets him, he is feeling all three of those things.

The only two Irish phrases my mom, an Irish girl from County Mayo, by way of Maltby, England, taught me are “go raibh maith agat” which means “thank you,” and another phrase I can’t mention here. 🙂 So, I needed an expert to help me ensure Cáel’s language was correct.

That person is Thea Ní Cheallaigh (Kelly) from Oileán Chléire or Cape Clear Island in the southwest corner of Ireland. Thea, and Thea’s mother Dorothee Uí Cheallaigh, have a translation business called Ionad Foghlama Chléire. “Cape” as Thea calls it, is a Gaeltacht. It is also a 45-minute boat ride from the mainland.

Thea Kelly and her friends, Síle and Lucy

Thea Kelly and her friends, Síle and Lucy

Thea was kind enough to answer my many questions regarding her life as an Irish teen, and her view of Americans, in particular.

Here is part one of the interview. Part two will be posted next week, on July 8th.

So what’s it like to grow up in a Gaeltacht?

Growing up in a Gaeltacht isn’t much different from growing up anywhere else in Ireland to be honest. I think the real special aspect about where I live however is that fact that it is an island! One really has to adjust to coping with this certain lifestyle, I was born into it so I know nothing else. Continue reading

Royalties, Seattle Writer’s Workshop, and The Celtic Cradle

Hey, how’s everyone doing? First off, my apologies for taking so long between posts—it’s been a hectic few months. Second, here’s an update on my last post. My son from another mother (and father), Kaleb, is doing great! His recent check-ups have all gone very well, and he’s back to playing his guitar and viola. His plans include heading back to school in the near future to focus on his music, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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