Welcome to Coleman Traditional Irish Music Centre
The Coleman Traditional Irish Music Centre is a celebration of Irish Music, Culture and Heritage as expressed in the South Sligo Style of music played by Michael Coleman and other musicians of his time. This community based enterprise in Gurteen, Co. Sligo, Ireland is dedicated to ensuring that the tradition of Irish music remains a living one ‘an traidisiún beo’ and that it continues to be enjoyed by all ages and nationalities.
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Thank you very much for a great visit to your centre on 18th October 2018. We received such a warm welcome from John, the musicians and all the staff.
The musicians were just fantastic, we really enjoyed the music session! The food and service were just the best!
Castlebar Training Centre Music Group comments, from the various group members:
It was brilliant & amazing”
“It was excellent, the people know their job”
“Would go back again, so good you would stay there all day long”
“The centre was excellent”
“The musicians were lovely and would bring out the best in you
“Lovely place to spend the day”
“The instruments were lovely to see”
“The food was great and the service was great also”
“The tea and food were very tasty”
“There facilitates were lovely and clean and tidy”
“The experience was great value for money”
“The staff were all lovely and friendly”We hope to visit again & we have been recommending a trip to Gurteen to our friends & colleagues.
We went across to Gorteen from Sligo to hear some traditional music at The Coleman Music Centre. On the evening we chose there was a junior music seisiún going on and it was a real treat. All the instruments you would expect were featured played by children ranging from about 3 to around 17. (check out my photo of the Bohran player and his Dad – he had a dummy in his mouth and he was approx. 3 years old). He was having a great time.
The children came from far and wide and were well managed by their music teacher (?).
Tea and biscuits were served at the interval and the entrance was free (the proceeds from raffle tickets helped to raise some funds)
It was a fantastic evening and one I will always remember.
NOTE: If you travel from Sligo be careful on the road from Ballymote to Gorteen – its a challenge
***** Five StarsWhat a evening!! DFD1303 Brisbane, Australia, Trip Advisor
What a wonderful resource for traditional musicians! We had a lovely visit to the centre, which was informative, inspiring, and had a great collection of gems from Michael Coleman.
***** Five StarsA wonderful resource! starosta93, Saint Paul, Minnesota, TripAdvisor
What a wonderful traditional Irish performance. We arrived at about 8.40pm for the 9.00pm show, we paid and went through to be seated. Our party consisted of 2 adults 2 pensioners (80+) and an 8yr boy. The seating is much like arena seating, albeit a much smaller venue, so no matter where you are sat you have a good view.We were lucky enough to watch a show with singing, dancing and some traditional Irish music. The singing was beautiful but it was the music and dancing that got the feet tapping. My only complaint is that I would have liked an alcoholic drink but the only option was white wine. My husband would have preferred a Guinness and myself and the rest of the group would’ve liked a brandy/whisky. However there was free tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the interval. Not quite what we’d hoped for but did us til the end, which was around 11.30pm. All in all a pretty good evening had by all, even our 8yr son thoroughly enjoyed the show!
***** Five StarsDancing and Singing, Emmawhite491 TripAdvisor
Brought a group of 48 persons from 27 countries here recently. Fantastic music and dancing provided by friendly talanted performers. Extremely high standard of music and dance. Finding accommodation for all was a challenge but well worth the effort to have such a wonderful experience! ***** Five Stars
3 September 2018, TripadvisorRay M – Trip Advisor – Hidden Gem
We visited the center with a group and had a one hour lesson to play the Bodhràn drum and learned about the traditional music of Sligo. It was very inspiring and fun! Our teacher also played for us the bones; he is a world champion!! I liked the gift shop and found a nice penny whistle. ***** Five Stars2dacreek, Phoenix, USA – very inspiring and fun!