Celtic Roots

Celtic music to inspire and educate

Celtic Roots

Our “Celtic Performing Arts holiday clubs” are offered to all children between the ages of 6 and 12 years during each school holiday through out the year. The four day summer school course is excellent value for money and your child will enjoy an exciting, fun and dynamic experience.

The activities will be varied and age appropriate and the performing arts covered will be music, dance, drama and art.
Each child shall be given their own tin whistle on the first day and all materials shall be provided. Your children will be treated as individuals and their talents will be encouraged in a fun and child friendly way. We have the backing and support of Musical Routes Hub and the Local Education Authority who are providing all musical instruments and excellent indoor and outdoor facilities at the Joseph Paxton Campus in Birkenhead.

We have a team of fully experienced and qualified tutors who are all passionate about inspiring youngsters.

This is a unique and specialist course with a high educational content delivered in a fun filled manner in a safe and friendly environment. We will ensure that your child’s experience is as positive and as enjoyable as possible.

At the end of the course the children shall be able to showcase their new skills at our awards ceremony for friends and family. Each child will receive a certificate and be given the opportunity to perform with a full Ceilidh band. They will also perform their drama enactments and their art work shall be on display. For the finale they shall then perform their dance and invite parents and guests to join in with a big family Barn dance.

All tutors have fully enhanced CRB disclosure.

In our Ceilidh setting we will begin to appreciate that rural music is constantly changing and adapting as society changes and progresses. Radical transformations of society such as wars, the industrial revolution, compulsory schooling and new means of transportation which facilitated cultural migration and so hastened the pace of change, have all had profound influences on our musical traditions. We shall demonstrate the highly innovative effect that change can have on ceremonial songs, melodies and dances. We shall also learn that in some isolated places, unaffected by change, music has remained in the old tradition until the present day when recordings can now be made archives and on disks.

Today all over Europe people are busy with Folk Music. The summer months are packed with “folk music Festivals” and there are endless numbers of folk music groups and folk dance groups. It is possible to be a folk music or folk dance scholar at many different conservatories, schools of dance, archives and universities. Every self-respecting radio station will have its own folk music shows.

Music was an intrinsic part of village life, woven into the fabric of everyday life. It was played and sung as a background to the daily tasks such as cooking, weaving and spinning, songs would be sung as lullabies and as the shouts and rhymes of the working life of sailors, lumberjacks, mountain shepherds and farmers.  Music also played a great part in recreation being used for storytelling and dance.

We here at Celtic Roots Community strive for the regeneration of music as a ‘communal recreation,’ and with this in mind, after just one term of learning the basics of an instrument, teaching will be within a Ceilidh band (pronounced Kay-Lee).

Ceilidh Meaning – Gathering of Friends

Historically Celtic music is the music of traditional peasant societies, rooted in work and fixed in customs. It includes folk music, often associated with the Irish tradition, but has many rich and varied sources from all over Europe. It is an oral/aural tradition passed down from generation to generation and is the music of the ordinary man not the professional musician.

Our strategy it to start at the root with children aged from five years right through to adults of all ages. As progress develops, pupils understanding will deepen and their influences and tastes will change. We at the Celtic Roots Community Music Academy recognize the importance of allowing an individual to move in whatever creative direction they choose. As a tree grows from its roots there is movement, it sways, the branches twist and turn as does an individual’s creativity and preference. What may be fascinating and exciting in one moment of time may become dull, boring and uninspiring in the next. So we move with change and we guide our pupils into which ever direction their spirit needs to go. This is why we feel it is vital that we use community musicians to deliver our service, their shared passion for what they do and their enthusiasm to help others learn their talent must continue to be passed down through our generations, keeping our heritage alive. (All tutors have had a full CRB check and have received full training in all Celtic Roots Community Music Academy policies.)
It is very difficult if not impossible to isolate folk, Celtic, or traditional music as a genre. Both tunes and instruments associated with this style can be found in classical, jazz, pop, rock, funk, soul, punk, and bluegrass.

So although we shall begin with simple folk tunes of the British Isles we shall soon evolve into the fusion of other genres.




The Old School, 188 Liscard Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 5TN