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Tommy Hayes

with Tommy Hayes (2010)
Trip Ref: SIT1 

No. Nights: 7
Cost from: 8,500MAD/€770/£700 pps
Single supplement: 800MAD/€70/£60* 
* single accommodation only available for hotel nights

Meal Plan: Full-board
Type of accommodation/s:

3-star hotels (2 nights),
2-star hotel (1 night),
Auberge (1 night) 
village bivouac (2 nights), 
desert camp (1 night)

Mininum Group Size: 8-10 max



Highlights:  Uniquely creative music holiday in Morocco with community-based activities. Musical tuition/workshops from leading Irish traditional musician, Tommy Hayes (5 hours min), impromptu sessions and community interactivity throughout, desert jamming in Sahara with nomads, 4x4 travelling with escort, optional camel ride, community participation. Time spent in Agadir, Taroudant, Taliouine, Ouarzazate, Souss and Drâa Valleys and Sahara village of M'Hamid el Ghizlane. Sightseeing and visits along the way.

Ideal for: amateur folk musicians/trad players and music students. 

Trip Starts/Ends: Agadir

Dates available for this trip:  22nd-29th October 2011 (to be confirmed)

Booking Closes: Saturday 20th August 2011

Recommended flights to link to this trip:  
Aer Lingus Dublin-Agadir
Ryanair London Stansted-Agadir


Trip Summary: 
A music holiday in Morocco unlike any other! A 7-night tour for amateur Irish trad/folk or community musicians. For our first trip in 2011 we have Guest Artist and leading Irish traditional musician - percussionist/bodhran player, Tommy Hayes from Co. Clare. Informal workshops/tuition and jamming with local communities and children along the way. Culminates in a desert jam of Sahara music, combining darbouka and North African rhythms of the local nomads at their bivouac camp in the high dunes of Erg Chegaga. There will be time put aside for closed group workshops with Tommy Hayes, but the main feature is open community jamming sessions & school visit in desert village of M'Hamid el Ghizlane to share Irish traditional music and songs with local children. Plenty of time for sightseeing & relaxing too. This is a creative desert adventure coordinated and organised by our experienced desert team in Morocco and irish/English community arts facilitator.

Due to the nature of this unique trip and the desire to seek out opportunities for musical interaction and communities along the way, the itinerary is subject to 'fluidity'. Clients need to be flexible and willing to 'go with the flow'.

For more info about Tommy Hayes Click here to visit his website.


learning to play rebab from local musician

Desert drummersChildren playing music












Day-to-Day itinerary:



Trip Ref: SIT1


Meal Plan

Day 1


Arrive Agadir (evening). We collect you from airport and take you to your hotel.  
Evening meal in hotel and informal 'ice-breaker' session by the pool
(depending on arrival time)


Day 2

Depart in 4x4s inland via lush Souss Valley passing through medina town of Taroudant and stopping in Tazenakht for lunch - a well-know region for it's Berber carpet artisans. Continue to city of Ouarzazate and Visit Kasbah Ait Benhaddou UNESCO world heritage site.
Outdoor tunes along the river bank at Kasbah and gather up some local musicians and kids to join in??
Evening workshop with Tommy Hayes in hotel before dinner.
Local musicians invited to participate at hotel after dinner (r'bab and bendir drums).


Day 3



Continue journey towards desert region by crossing Anti-Atlas Mountains and passing through the Draa Valley with it's lush oasis of date palms.  
Stop at small villages along the way with our instruments and make music. 
Evening time arrive in village of M'Hamid at our bivouac camp just outside the village. Relax and dinner. Bivouac camp in shared large tents.


Day 4



Morning closed workshop with Tommy Hayes in the bivouac or at venue the village.
Afternoon - visit to local school to play tunes and share irish traditional songs and give music supplies to teacher.
Evening - open session at the village bivouac camp for locals to attend.
Percussion based - locals asked to "bring a drum".


Day 5

Head off in 4x4s to deep Sahara desert camp, stopping at Sacred Oasis for lunch and relaxation. 
Informal desert jamming session with our nomad hosts in Erg Chegaga high dunes camp.
Open session for all locals and tourists at camp. Dinner and sleep in nomad tents.

Day 6

Continue across desert off-road and cross the dried Lake irikki to Foum Zguid to rejoin tarmaced road.   
Lunch stop on route at Tazenakht.
Visit womens carpet-weaving co-operative and strike up a few tunes upon luxurious carpets.
Then continue to small auberge at Taliouine in the Anti-Atlas Mountains for tunes in the garden. Dinner and sleep at auberge.


Day 7

Morning visit to local school (if possible). Continue to spend time in medina town of Taroudant and explore the souks and picturesque  ancient city.  Seek out the musical instrument shops and the instrument makers.
Dinner at hotel in Taroudant (or possibly Agadir). Final evening music session TBA.

Day 8 

Morning free. Afternoon transfer to AGADIR airport for evening flight.




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