Karen is a TTCT (Comhaltas) qualified traditional Irish music teacher, she is also a qualified secondary school teacher (Maths) and CRB checked.

Meitheal Cheoil Community Music Group North London

Meitheal Cheoil is a community group, which aims to promote the learning of Irish Traditional Music for children and adults in North London. Classes are held weekly in the London Irish Centre (Camden) and St Gabriel’s Community Centre (Holloway), providing affordable lessons on the tin whistle, flute, fiddle, mandolin and banjo. All ages and abilities are catered for, ranging from those who have never played music before to those who wish to expand their repertoire in an informal group setting. The group is lead by tutors Kathy Walton and Karen Ryan who have been teaching in London for more than 20 years.

In London we are privileged to be part of a vibrant music community, historically renowned for playing host to and producing some of the finest players the world has known. London is distinctive, diverse and yet close-knit. Over the past few years, dozens of London musicians and mentors have supported Meitheal Cheoil, whether dropping into St Gabriel’s as guests to pass on a tune, helping out as teachers, assisting with competitions or in the Irish language, putting source material on tape, teaching a dance or two and joining in at the céilí, coming in to mingle, chat and answer questions, or just simply welcoming our students into sessions, making them feel valued as musicians at a most formative stage.

Classes during Term Time:

Monday Nights - Adult Classes at London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB www.londonirishcentre.org

Karen Ryan and Kathy Walton teach fiddle, banjo, mandolin, tin whistle and flute in group classes at various levels

(other adult classes: Karen Ryan teaches banjo/ mandolin on Fridays at St Gabriel’s Community Centre, Holloway/ Pat Egan teaches concertina on alternate Sundays at London Irish Centre)


Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday Nights – Karen Ryan teaches private music lessons from home in Wood Green (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, tin whistle)


Wednesday Daytime – Karen Ryan and Kathy Walton teach tin whistle and fiddle to year 4 and 5 students at Argyle Primary School, King’s Cross


Friday Afternoon-Evening – Children’s Classes at St Gabriel’s Community Centre, 21 Hatchard Road, London N19 4NG

Karen Ryan and Kathy Walton teach fiddle, banjo/ mandolin, tin whistle and flute in group classes at various levels

The banjo / mandolin class on this evening also includes adults.


For specific enquiries about music classes, please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Meitheal Cheoil Senior Gruapa Cheoil 2011