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Dec. 8th Is Fast Approaching

We hope that you have taken advantage of the additional weeks to access all of the pre-recorded and recorded content from our Virtual O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.  Unfortunately, that access will end on December 8th, so we encourage you to review what you can between now and then.  This was the prior arrangement made with our instructors, so we will end access at midnight on December 8th..

You will still be able to access and download MP3s and documents from your core courses.  They will still be available in your Google Drive, but not the lesson videos, enrichment classes, informances, concerts and workshops for which you were enrolled.   

Another important date coming up is December 12th when our team will have our traditional debrief meeting.  It's important that we get your feedback about our event before then. Below is a link (click green button) to our online Student Survey, and we appreciate your taking the time to complete it.  

Thanks again for participating this year!  Our plan is to have our in-person Retreat on October 21-24, 2021 with some virtual classes offered too. We'll keep you posted as things develop. For now, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and good health as this pandemic runs its course!  

Click Here for Student Survey
Building on the success of our virtual "play along" sessions at the Retreat, we have scheduled weekly sessions on Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. (CST) beginning December 7th to keep the music going until our next Retreat.  Hosts Peggy and Ken Fleming will be joined each week by three guest session leaders with the exception of the last Monday of each month when former Retreat instructors and their guests will be invited to lead the session.  Some of the instructors who have said they will participate include Brian Conway, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Andrew Finn Magill, Alan Murray and Alison Perkins among others. For all of the details and a monthly schedule, go to SESSIONS.

See Retreat Concerts for a Year

If you'd like to enjoy this year's Retreat concerts as well as those going back to 2017 along with a number of house concerts, you can obtain an All Access Pass for just $30 for a full year of access.  Go to CONCERTS for details.

Please join our 

We'd love to have you post photos and leave comments about your experience with the Retreat.

2021 O'Flaherty Retreat
Oct. 21st-24th

Camp Hobltizelle
Midlothian, Texas
Let's get back to the music
the way we're used to doing it!

Until then, keep safe!

Need Videos for Documentary

Earlier we announced that we are producing a documentary about the Retreat and the impact of the pandemic on our instructors both in the U.S. and Ireland.  We are searching for homemade videos of students learning from their core course lessons as pictured above.  Since the lessons are available until December 8th in Google Classroom, there is still time for you to produce a video.  Here are some instructions:
  • You can use your Smartphone but be sure to record the video in the horizontal orientation.  
  • Please shoot the video in the highest resolution possible.
  • If you can, turn off "variable frame rate" in your phone's video settings.
  • The video length should be no more than 15 seconds.
  • Once your video is done, upload to our DROPBOX account.
  • Please send us an email letting us know that you submitted a video at
Thank you for your help with this project!  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Thanks to Our Fantastic Volunteers!

Dave Aftandilian
Kevin Alewine
Laura Barbe
Shulamith Barbe
Erica Braverman
Sheri Bush
Shawn Cayson
Matthew Cook
Randy Copus
David Diehl
Paul Dryer
Katie Duncan
Pat Duncan
Ken Fleming
Kevin Fleming
Peggy Fleming
Katie Gerenger
Katrina Glaze
Louvain Guiomard
Lisha Haughton
Rick Holt
John Ivy

Allison Johnson
Tim Kennedy
John Liestman
Michael Logan
Sally McHenry
Gordon McLeod
Bob Moore
Hallie Pirozzo
Tom Purvis
Rick Roberts
Sarah Rose
Rosanne Santucci
Candy Schell
Toar Schell
Brian Shaw
Andrew Simmons
Pinky Simmons
Brink Trammell
Kenny Tweedy
Ian Varley
Jeremy Welch
Phil Wirth

Thank You Sponsors for Your Support!

2020 Major Sponsors

Southwest Celtic Music Association

2020 Key Sponsors

Robert Moore

2020 Contributing Sponsors

Jack Dingler
Lisha Haughton & Jeremy Welch
Mike Martin

Retreat Partners

Albert Alfonso
Perseus Aryani

Karen Ballew
Bruce Barton

Joseph Beckey
Nancy Bessent
Ian & Sheila Bittle
James Bradley

Robert Brandon
Edward Budet
Matthew Carter
Daniel Chisolm
Pamela Copus
Julian Cossman

Betsy Cummings
Amy Curtis
Catherine Davey
Máirtín de Cógáin
Ann Delahanty
Francis Dielmann
Paul Dryer
Lainie Ereno
Michael Harris
Kyle Herzog
Mary Hill-Connor
Deirdre Hurley
John Ivy

Kevin Kane
Michael and Joyce Keyes
Jim Langley
John Liestman
Tom Lockney
Tom McArdle
Niamh McGillicuddy
Gordon McLeod
Laura Michaelides
Corey Minyard
Steve Moore
Carl Morrissey
Cliff Moses
Amanda Pangle
Cappy Phipps
Brian Regan
James Rix
Kendall Rogers
Sarah Rose & Dave Aftandilian
Candy & Toar Schell
Robert Shaddox
Brian Shaw
Herb Taylor
Kenny Tweedy
Ian Varley
Anna Waters
Wayne White

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