The Melbourne branch of Comhaltas was founded in 1970. We celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2010.
We are based at 146 Hoddle St, Abbotsford VIC 3067 at St Philip’s Anglican Church Hall next to Collingwood Town Hall, a short 5 minute walk from Collingwood railway station.
We meet every Wednesday night 7:30pm – 10:00pm except for a Christmas break which will be advertised.
Irish Set dancing classes run every week with Marie Brouder. Everyone (even people with two left feet) welcome.
Joan Mundy’s music sessions run 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Slow sessions with Jamie Molloy or Jacqui Costello run 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.
Music classes are also organised for different instruments.At the moment. Jacqui Costello is running tin whistle classes.
When there is a 5th Wednesday in a month, that night is a night where we have a sing song as well as our usual dancing and music.
Anyone is welcome to come and see what we’re all about.
Come and dance or play some tunes or just listen and join us for supper afterwards.
Cost $6 (no charge for children)
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann was founded by musicians in 1951 to promote Irish traditional music and the first Fleadh Cheoil was organised in Mullingar, County Weatmeath. Within a few years, this had become a National Festival attended by thousands of traditional musicians, singers and dancers from all over Ireland and soon also from overseas.
Branches of Comhaltas have formed in every county in Ireland and also abroad, organising classes, concerts, and sessions in local communities. Comhaltas is now a world-wide organisation, with active branches in the United States, Britain, Canada, Japan and elsewhere. In fact, there are hundreds of branches in 15 countries on 4 continents and very vibrant branches in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Canberra and more recently in Adelaide.
For more information reagrding our worldwide organisation please visit www.comhaltas.ie
Membership in Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (pronounced coal-tis kyol-tory air-in) has many perks, including:
- Yearly subscription to Treoir, a quarterly publication
- Discounts at various Comhaltas events world-wide
- Supporting the cultural heritage of Ireland!