Springboard 2018

Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 March 2018

4 days

Linden House


Springboard aims to challenge ideas of what is beautiful in sound. Take those ideas as a jumping off point, gain actual physical knowledge of how they feel on the fiddle and share extensive feedback about the sounds created. Open as many doors as possible into new worlds of sound-making on the fiddle and gain the confidence to blaze a trail, expanding what is thinkable and possible.
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh ©Claire Mulvaney

We’re very excited to welcome back Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh for our second Springboard Retreat.

This retreat is aimed at competently skilled fiddlers who want to examine more fundamental questions around playing the fiddle – How can I put more feeling into my music? How can I make it mean more? How can I find more freedom while playing? What is beauty in sound to me?

Artist: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

Linden House

With its unique design and spectacular full length gable windows there is nothing to match Linden House available for rent in Ireland. The two wings of the house provide 10...

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Areas of Exploration

  • Expanding your sonic palette: sidestepping fear and embracing failure
  • Taking notes for granted: re-evaluating the commonplace
  • Examining the principle of ‘play’
  • Your fiddle as a tool for communication with other human beings
  • Finding your aesthetic, developing and refining your personal concept of what is beautiful
  • Parallel learning: funnelling freedoms found in other activities

The Workshop includes


4 night’s accommodation in high quality, shared twin-rooms is included at Linden House. Workshops are held in an idyllic, rural and inspirational setting. Attendees will have time allocated to explore the surrounding woodland and coast.

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A feast of local Irish food is also included in the fee. Jenny will be on site to prepare wholesome, nutritious and very tasty food throughout the weekend. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be prepared for you, so all you need to do is enjoy your weekend and submerse yourself into the beautiful surrounds of nature and music. Dine in the dark experience included.

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From 2017 workshop participants:

“The workshop helped me access realms of musical ability I didn’t know existed. It helped me to think in new ways and approach playing differently”

“This whole experience definitely exceeded any expectations I had. The fact that the focus wasn’t on getting things “right” but rather seeing the beautiful, wonderful and magical aspects of music and sound again and not being afraid to explore”

“Playing fiddle most of my life, I have now rediscovered a love for the sounds of the instrument and an excitement for the possibilities for musical adventures in the future.”

“The food, people and location were beyond what I could have imagined”

Our sponsors

Arts Council
Creative Europe
Cork County Council
Pure Cork