Our Branch - Glinnte Aontroma
The Glens of Antrim Comhaltas Branch (Comhaltas Glinnte Aontroma) is based in Cushendall and promotes the playing of traditional Irish music, singing, dancing and story telling in the Glens of Antrim. It is affiliated to the Antrim County Board, the Ulster Council of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and the National Organization based in Dublin.
The Branch was formed in 1986 and named The Cushendall branch since at that time there was a Glens of Antrim Comhaltas in Carnlough. The name was changed to "Glinnte Aontroma" (Glens of Antrim) in 1999.The Branch works closely with the Glens Traditions Group who organise weekly music classes.
What the Branch Does
The Branch organises sessions every Sunday (summer excluded) in the Old School House Cushendall for musicians, of all ability levels, all ages and any instrument. The session is led by experienced musicians and is organised to suit beginner level musicians, more accomplished players and more confident players. The confident players are encouraged to join the more experienced musicians for a more informal session where they can not only learn new tunes but also further develop their talent.
Several times a year the Branch organises a session in the local Boat Club. The aims of the session are:
To encourage musicians of all abilities to play together.
To provide an opportunity for singers to showcase their talents.
Comhaltas Glinnte Aontroma is keen to extend its links with the wider community. Trips and functions are organised during the year that provide an opportunity for branch musicians to play together formally and informally outside The Glens of Antrim. Not only do these activities raise the profile of our branch but on occasions generates money for charity.