The Mark O’Connor String Method Camp has arrived!

I’m excited about heading out tomorrow to Charleston, SC, where I will be one of the teachers at the first ever Mark O’Connor String Method Camp. For a full week, students (age 7-14) will having fun while learning to play selections from the O’Connor Method books, which are taking the string education world by storm.  If . . . → Read More: The Mark O’Connor String Method Camp has arrived!

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

Fairhope Irish Trad Workshop Players upcoming performance @ 5 Rivers

Fairhope Irish Trad Workshop Players in concert 2/20/11

Fairhope Irish Trad Workshop Players in concert 2/20/11

In addition to our bi-monthly slow sessions, the Fairhope Irish Trad Workshop Players have been keeping busy recently. On Feb. 20th we presented our first official concert at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairhope (with almost 100 audience members in attendance!) and there was also a  wonderful feature article . . . → Read More: Fairhope Irish Trad Workshop Players upcoming performance @ 5 Rivers

‘The Raven’s Wing’-The New Solo CD from Fiddler Tom Morley is NOW AVAILABLE!

Raven's Wing postcard ad

“I’m best known as a Celtic/folk fiddler these days, but my very first solo CD reflects my long musical journey through almost every genre of music. You might say this album was 50 years in the making, dating back to when I first picked up a violin as a very young lad. I call . . . → Read More: ‘The Raven’s Wing’-The New Solo CD from Fiddler Tom Morley is NOW AVAILABLE!

A Fiddler’s Guide to Victoria, BC, part 1

Calvin Cairns & Quinn Bachand @ Irish Times Pub

Victoria BC by night

I recently spent a wonderful music-filled week in Victoria, which is the capital city of British Columbia, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada’s southwest Pacific coast. There is much to love about this city, but I’ll leave that to the travel writers. I’m here with the ‘Fiddler’s Guide’ . . . → Read More: A Fiddler’s Guide to Victoria, BC, part 1

Introducing the Mark O’Connor String Method to local teachers

Playing selections from the Mark O'Connor String Method book while Jim & Felicia follow along

As one of the first string educators in the Alabama gulf coast area to have attended one of the Mark O’Connor String Method seminars, I’ve enjoyed talking about Mark’s teaching concepts to my colleagues. (For those of you not familiar with this new method, it employs classical violin technique, using familiar American music to engage and motivate young students.) . . . → Read More: Introducing the Mark O’Connor String Method to local teachers

Fairhope Irish Trad Slow Session Fun

Fairhope Alabama Slow Session Players

In the choir room at Trinity Presbyterian Church this past Sunday, we had a great Slow Session meeting. It was a big group, with 18 players participating (from a current roster of around 30). We played a selection of jigs & reels from our current repertoire (‘The Old Favorite’, ‘Out . . . → Read More: Fairhope Irish Trad Slow Session Fun

CelticFest MS brings great Irish music to Jackson

CelticFest Mississippi is back for their 19th year this weekend (Sept. 10-12) and I’m excited about attending. I’ve been to this excellent festival in Jackson  a number of times over the past few years, both as a casual observer and as a performer with my band Mithril. But due to the obligations of the rest of . . . → Read More: CelticFest MS brings great Irish music to Jackson

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

Trading Licks With Alabama Master Fiddler Jim Brock

Twin Fiddling with Jim Brock

Twin Fiddling with Jim Brock

I traveled to Tuscaloosa this weekend to give another of my Irish Fiddle Workshops to a group of adult players. As I planned my trip north I was certain that the extent of my fiddling there would be the Irish tunes I’d be teaching throughout the day-long workshop. But on the . . . → Read More: Trading Licks With Alabama Master Fiddler Jim Brock