DIT student wins World Bodhrán Championship

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Aimee Farrell-Courtenay, photo by macmonagle.com

9th June 2010

DIT student Aimee Farrell-Courtenay has won the World Bodhrán Championship. The competition took place in Milltown in Co. Kerry over the bank holiday weekend, during a festival which attracted thousands of visitors to the town. The World Bodhrán Championships is an exciting world percussion festival. The event which promotes and showcases the Irish frame drum, the bodhrán, includes four days of concerts, music sessions, workshops and competitions to find the best bodhrán player in the world.

In addition to performances, the festival programme also included workshops on Saturday given by a range of musicians and singers, and catering for all musical abilities, including beginner workshops for aspiring bodhrán players. The competition went on throughout the day on Sunday, with the finalists taking part in a spectacular finale before the winner was announced on Sunday night.

Aimee Farrell Courtney, who is from Ratoath in Co. Meath, is the first woman to win the title. She was one of fifteen competitors who entered the senior competition for which Donal Lunny, Connor Lyons and Sandra Joyce were the adjudicators. Aimee is a second year student, studying for her degree in Music Performance in DIT. As well as the bodhrán, she also plays the piano and tin whistle. Earlier this year she travelled with the DIT Traditional Ensemble to perform at St. Patrick‚Äôs Day festivities in Savannah, Georgia.

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