Irish Duo Banna de dhá Tops Charts at celticradio.net

Banna de dhá-Tom Morley & Hazel Ketchum

I’ve worked with many bands over the years, from country to swing and bluegrass to chamber music, but my focus over the past dozen years at least has been Celtic and Irish Traditional music. In that genre I’ve enjoyed much success with my Mobile AL-based Celtic/World music quartet Mithril and that’s how many Celtic & Irish . . . → Read More: Irish Duo Banna de dhá Tops Charts at celticradio.net

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’

LA (Lower Alabama) Irish Trad Explorers Ireland Tour 2013

Ever since I started my Irish Trad ‘slow session’ group in Fairhope, Alabama—now going into it’s fourth year—the students have been asking me to take them to Ireland. My wife, Fran, (a fine bodhran player—really!) and I have been to Ireland four times, and we’ve played in sessions across that country as well as in Canada . . . → Read More: LA (Lower Alabama) Irish Trad Explorers Ireland Tour 2013

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

Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle cover

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

‘Along the Road’ with Mithril-Our New CD

The New CD from Mithril

The New CD from Mithril

Where does the time go? I can’t believe that Mithril is celebrating nearly a decade together. We started as a duo – Andra Bohnet playing Irish flute, whistle, and Celtic harp with me on fiddle, mandolin, octave mandolin and guitar. This was going to be our ‘hobby’ music—just something to play . . . → Read More: ‘Along the Road’ with Mithril-Our New CD

O’Connor String Method Camp-Looking Back & Looking Ahead

Tom teaching at O'Connor Camp

Teaching Irish Fiddle Tunes at the O'Connor Method Camp Aug. 2011

I’m thinking back fondly of the week I spent teaching Irish and Old-Time Fiddle to 5 big classes of students of all ages and abilities at the Mark O’Connor Method Camp in Charleston SC.  This first Method Camp came together in August 2011 with the . . . → Read More: O’Connor String Method Camp-Looking Back & Looking Ahead