Positive Reviews for ‘Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle’

Irish Music magazine

Less than a year ago, I published my first tutorial Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle, a collection of 50 classic Irish jigs, reels, polkas and other tunes with playing hints, counting tips, authentic bow techniques and more, plus a look into the history of many of the tunes. I wrote it for advanced beginner and . . . → Read More: Positive Reviews for ‘Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle’

The Beauty of the Tune at Fairhope Slow Sessions

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how I formed an Irish Trad ‘slow session’ group so that my fiddle students could have a comfortable way to play Irish jigs and reels together. Over the three and a half years the group has been meeting, it’s attracted all ages on a wide range of instruments. . . . → Read More: The Beauty of the Tune at Fairhope Slow Sessions

Fourth Year of Slow Session Fun in Fairhope

Fairhope Irish Trad Workshop Players

With its beginnings in December 2009, we are now well into the 4th year for my Irish Trad ‘slow session’ group, the Fairhope Irish Trad Workshop Players, meeting every other Sunday afternoon in the choir room at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairhope, Alabama.

The group started with requests from a few of my adult fiddle students who . . . → Read More: Fourth Year of Slow Session Fun in Fairhope

O’Connor Method Camp 2012 is History-A Wonderful Experience for All

My Irish Trad group performed on one the daily recitals. Each fiddler added their own Irish ornaments as learned during class.

The 2nd Annual Mark O’Connor String Method Camp is history, and it was a wonderful experience for students and faculty members alike. I had a fantastic time, returning to beautiful Charleston, SC as a faculty member for the second year in a row, teaching several classes of eager students jigs, reels, polkas and other tunes from . . . → Read More: O’Connor Method Camp 2012 is History-A Wonderful Experience for All

Teaching Irish Trad at the 2nd Annual Mark O’Connor String Method Camp

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I’m looking forward to being in Charleston SC this next week, where I am once again on the faculty of the Mark O’Connor String Method camp. This is the second year for the camp and if you’ve read some of my previous blogs about Mark’s method books and the camp itself, you’ll understand why I am . . . → Read More: Teaching Irish Trad at the 2nd Annual Mark O’Connor String Method Camp

Attend my educational session on Irish Trad fiddling at the ASTA Conference in Atlanta

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It’s been such a wonderful decade or so for me since I became obsessed with Irish fiddling and Irish Traditional music in general. I’ve played with fellow musicians in pubs from Fairhope, Alabama to Washington DC; from Amsterdam to Montreal and beyond.  I’ve traveled around the US performing with my Celtic/World music group Mithril, in small . . . → Read More: Attend my educational session on Irish Trad fiddling at the ASTA Conference in Atlanta

Share a Fiddle Tune With Me at an Upcoming Workshop/Summer Camp

Here’s an update on the Irish Fiddle Workshops I’ll be giving in July & August, and the Summer Camps that I’ll also be teaching at. There’s something here for players of every age and every level!

In Pensacola, Florida, Jonathan Clark has been running a great 2-week Summer String Festival at 1st United Methodist Church for several . . . → Read More: Share a Fiddle Tune With Me at an Upcoming Workshop/Summer Camp

More Fun Teaching Irish Fiddle, or The Road To Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa String Players Enjoy Some Fiddling

Tuscaloosa String Players Enjoy Some Fiddling

This past weekend I spent another great day teaching a willing group of adult intermediate string players about the joy of playing traditional Irish fiddle tunes, this time in Tuscaloosa, on the University of Alabama campus. This particular group were mostly all members of an adult string orchestra led by . . . → Read More: More Fun Teaching Irish Fiddle, or The Road To Tuscaloosa

Alabama Folk School turns ‘Irish Folk’ for a weekend part 2

The weekend flew by as I spent 4 workshop sessions together with my class. I introduced the players to a number of ‘classic’ Irish tunes, including jigs (‘Saddle the Pony’ and ‘The Lilting Banshee’) and reels (‘The Maid Behind the Bar’ and ‘The Merry Blacksmith’). . . . → Read More: Alabama Folk School turns ‘Irish Folk’ for a weekend part 2

Alabama Folk School turns ‘Irish Folk’ for a weekend

I’ve just returned from Camp McDowell where I and a great group of instructors helped turn the Alabama Folk School into an ‘Irish Folk School’ for a weekend of music, dancing and craftwork. . . . → Read More: Alabama Folk School turns ‘Irish Folk’ for a weekend