Camp McDowell Irish Fiddle Workshop

This weekend (July 23-25) I’ll be teaching an Irish Fiddle Workshop at Camp McDowell (in Nauvoo, AL) in conjuction with the Alabama Folk School’s first official Irish Music & Dance Weekend. I’ll have students of all ages and levels participating, and I must admit that I’m very excited to meet them and show them the fun of Irish fiddling! I have plenty of great tunes that we’ll try and by the time we’re done on Sunday, they’ll have some fine jigs, reels, hornpipes and polkas to add to their repertoire of fiddle tunes.

It’s going to be weekend packed with activities. Rick Cunningham will teach Celtic Mandolin, Rob Angus will work with hammered dulcimer players, and Katie Cox will teach Irish dance. And then we all plan to collaborate and perform a tune or two for the Folk School participants. As if that wasn’t enough, on Saturday night (July 24th), one of Alabama’s best Celtic groups, Henri’s Notions, will stop by the camp to put on a concert as well, helping to turn the whole evening into a traditional Irish Ceili. Wow! I’d say that if you can’t fly to Dublin this weekend, then Camp McDowell is your next best bet.

5 comments to Camp McDowell Irish Fiddle Workshop

  • [...] Camp McDowell Irish Fiddle Workshop « The Fiddle CenterThis weekend (July 23-25) I’ll be teaching an Irish Fiddle Workshop at Camp McDowell (in Nauvoo, AL) in conjuction with the Alabama Folk School’s first official Irish Music & Dance Weekend. [...]

  • Heather Hogan

    Hello Tom, Heather Hogan here. My childreen Rory and Lucy were in your class in Charleston for the O’connor method camp. Thought I would check to see if you were coming to Ire this Summer for the North Atlantic Fiddle convention. Drop us a line if you are. Thanks, H. H.

  • Heather, I sure do wish I were attending the NAFC there in Derry. But my schedule-and bank account-make it a difficult trip this year. I did travel in Ireland last September, it was my 4th trip there and I had some wonderful experiences playing in pubs with other fine Irish Trad musicians. BTW, I will be back at the O’Connor Camp this year (this time teaching an advanced Irish fiddle class only). It was great fun teaching last year’s camp, and I remember Rory & Lucy well. I hope they are continuing with their violin/fiddle lessons. Please say hello to them both for me, and tell them I finally learned the Kerfunken Jig as!

  • Jan Newton

    Are you doing the Irish Violin workshop in Alabama this summer?

  • Jan, I am currently working to set up several Irish Fiddle workshops around the state. If you respond and let me know where you are contacting me from (Alabama is a pretty big state!) I can let you know if I am working in your direction. Or if I’m not, perhaps you can help to set up an Irish Fiddle workshop with me in your community! I love to travel to different parts of the state to teach the Joys of Irish Fiddling!

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