It’s deceptively simple!…..or is it deceptively challenging? Come and find out! We’ll explore some of the secrets of making even the simplest traditional Irish tunes sound enthralling. We’ll learn a barn dance by ear and will explore some subtle bowing and variation techniques to add nuance and musicality. Says Fiddler Magazine about Laurel: "... a gift indeed. Straight-up trad in a Clare kind of way, and very well done."
Perhaps you feel comfortable including ornaments and interesting bowing when you play traditional Irish tunes, but are looking for ways to make a tune your own? This is the class for you! We'll consider some of the conventions of variation in traditional Irish music, and then the class will work together to apply some variations to a traditional Irish reel, creating our own signature version of the tune.
The subtle jewel of traditional Irish music, East Clare music is known for beautiful versions of tunes that are played with lovely rhythmic lift. Sweet yet sorrowful, the music of East Clare has a nuanced flavor that is unmistakable. Join us for this class, in which we will learn a tune from East Clare and explore ways to give it that special lilt. Take a look at Laurel's excellent CDs and books in the FH store.
Laurel Martin's fiddle playing moves with the joyful, lilting rhythm and the soulful nuance that she hears in the music of Clare and East Galway. Amy Beshara's channels an ancient Irish soul in her playing, and she knows a slew of tunes. And Eamon will lay down a great foundation for the tunes. Join in for an energetic late-night jam.
The recordings of the great Sligo fiddle player Michael Coleman were a wild sensation in their day. His virtuosic technique, imaginative variations and beautiful bowing and ornamentation captured the interest of traditional Irish musicians all over the world. Sets of tunes he recorded back in the 1930s and 1940s are still favorite standards in traditional Irish sessions today. Join us for this class, and we’ll learn a tune or two from his classic repertoire.
Lugubrious and serpentine, mysterious and puzzling and challenging to play, fiddler Paddy Fahey’s compositions capture the deep “draiocht” (soul) of traditional Irish music. Join us as we learn one or two of the compositions of this enigmatic East Galway musician, and as we explore the fluid style of bowing that highlights the grace and mystery of his tunes.
Here are some possibilities: The Cliffs of Moher, Egan's Polka, Father Kelly's, Inisheer, The Merry Blacksmith, Morrison's Jig, Swinging on a Gate. They're all on the New 52 2-CD set. We'll play at a relaxed tempo.
The brother and sister duo Julia Clifford and Denis Murphy learned their fiddle music from the great master of Sliabh Luachra style fiddling, Padraig O’Keeffe. They recorded a duet album in 1969 called “The Star Above the Garter”, which has become a classic. In this workshop we will learn a tune or two from this historic recording and will explore ways we can use the bow to bring that special Sliabh Luachra flavor to polkas, slides, jigs and reels. Bonus: you'll actually know how to pronounce "Sliabh Luachra."
In this workshop we will explore how to articulate grace notes, triplets, trebles and rolls, and— most importantly— we’ll unlock the secret of where they fit (or don’t fit) in traditional Irish jigs, reels and hornpipes. We’ll also talk about suggested exercises for improving articulation of ornaments.