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Ry Cooder, Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Ry Cooder, Photo By Ros O'Gorman

The Chieftains and Ry Cooder To Host Masterclasses

by Paul Cashmere on December 7, 2013

in Live,News

Iconic Irish band The Chieftains will get together with the legendary Ry Cooder will host The Celtic Sessions, four days and nights in New York in July, 2014 with master classes, Q&A and a rare performance.

Cooder and The Chieftains have confirmed The Celtic Sessions will take place at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York from July 7 to 11.

Chieftains founder Paddy Moloney will offer master classes in traditional Irish music and instruments and conduct breakout classes on songwriting and traditional Irish dance. There will also be a rare jam with the musicians and Ry Cooder.

The Chieftains have been around for 53 years and have released 58 albums. They have won six Grammy Awards from 18 Grammy nominations.

Cooder is also a six times Grammy Award winner and has received two doctorates in music from Queen’s University in Canada and the California Institute of the Arts.

In 1997 he produced the Buena Vista Social Club album. Two years later Wim Wenders directed the documentary of the union and the film was nominated for an Academy Award.

Cooder calls the union with the Chieftains “the ringmaster and the sad clown”.

“Paddy fits in everywhere he goes, and I do my level best to fit in with him when I get the opportunity,” says Cooder, “We’re the old-timers now, the ringmaster and the sad clown. We know a thing or two.”

Prices for the once in a lifetime event including accommodation are:

Double Room Occupancy (2 Beds) $1999 per person
Double Room (1 Bed) $1999 per person
Suite (1 Bed, Double Occupancy) $2199 per person
Single Room (1 Bed) $3199

Get more details at

The schedule for the event is:

Monday July 7, 2014

3pm – Arrival & Registration
5pm – Reception for guests and The Chieftains
7pm – Dinner
9pm – Private show by The Chieftains and guest artists

Tuesday July 8, 2014

8 – 9:30am – Breakfast
10 – 11:30am – Sessions with Paddy, Matt, Kevin and selection of guests
12pm – Lunch
2 – 3:30pm – Smaller group led by combinations other players/dancers
4 – 5:30pm – Smaller group led by combinations other players/dancers
7pm – BBQ dinner outdoors (weather permitting)
8:30pm – Jams, dancing, open mike, Irish dance party

Wednesday July 9, 2014

8 – 9:30am – Breakfast
10 -11:30am – Session with Paddy, Matt, Kevin and Ry with Q & A, discussions & stories as well as performances.
12pm – Lunch
2 – 3:30pm – Two smaller groups simultaneously
4 – 5:30pm – Two smaller groups simultaneously
7pm – Dinner and whisky tasting
8:30pm – Jams, dancing, open mikes, fun!

celtic dragons

Thursday July 10, 2014

8 – 9:30am – Breakfast
10-11:30am – Session with Ry and guests
12pm – Lunch
2 – 3:30pm – Session with Paddy
4 – 6pm – Sound check at gig with guests from the week
6:30pm – Dinner
8 – 10pm – Concert open to the public
11pm – After show at the hotel

Friday July 11, 2014

Breakfast, then everyone travels home
11 AM departure

Small groups sessions may consist of:

Harp, bodhran, vocal
Fiddle and guitar
Dance, fiddle, guitar
Vocal, guitar, fiddle, harp

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