About the CEOL Project
The Community Engagement, Outreach and Liaison Project (CEOL) was initiated by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann through its Regional Resource Centre, Dún Uladh in 2016. The CEOL Project values and practices cultural activities as a unifier amongst diverse communities across Ulster which enable all communities to feel comfortable accessing the traditional music of Ireland.
Leading up to the Remembering Bunting Festival, a group of musicians are assembled to share, exchange and explore their musical heritages and traditions with one another through bespoke workshops and activities. Each year, under partnered mentorship of accomplished community music leaders, the group prepares and rehearses repertoire to perform for the public as part of the festival in celebration with a new, shared pride.
CEOL has enabled Comhaltas in Ulster to develop links with similar organizations within the Scottish pipe band sector, such as our project colleagues the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland and the Music Service for Pipes and Drums. This continues to facilitate exciting new relationships and musical collaborations that explore, showcase and celebrate our shared musical heritage.