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Welcome to Carmel Gunning’s page on Carmel was born in Geevagh in South County Sligo and learned tunes from her father Tom Nangle who though an accomplished whistle player himself would teach Carmel old Irish tunes by whistling or lilting them to her. In 1969 she sang in her first band, “Carmel and the Chrystals”, and played at local venues around South Sligo and North Roscommon. In 1976 she won The All Ireland Tin whistle slow airs competition at The Fleadh Cheoil (Ireland’s Premier festival of music since 1951) as well as a senior Scór title for The Musical Instruments Section and later became a regular at the famous sessions at The Trades Club in Sligo.

Carmel is noted for her fast pace tin whistle style as well as being an accomplished flute player and sean nos singer and as a teacher of musical instruments, she is Director of The Carmel Gunning International Summer School Festival of Irish music, song and dance (formerly The Queen Maeve International Summer School) which is held every August in Sligo and attracts students from all over the world.


Carmel has 5 albums to her credit and has worked on various publications dedicated to the research and preservation of traditional Irish songs.  In the first audio podcast Carmel talks about her travels, her International Summer School and her love of passing on traditional airs and songs.

14th Annual Carmel Gunning Summer School Festival dates are 6th – 7th and 10th August 2013. workshops given in tin whistle, flute, traditional singing and guitar on the 6th and 7th August 2013 in Sligo town. Entertainment, such as singers session and traditional music session will be held in Paul McTiernans Pub in Gleann, Conways Cross on Saturday 10th August 2013. Special Guests for the sessions are the well known traditional singer Tommie Kearns from Australia, P.J. Hernon and Mick Shannon. Enquiries to – Phone 00 353 876 250 454

To find out more about Carmel visit her Facebook page here