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’

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

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

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

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. . . . → Read More: Camp McDowell Irish Fiddle Workshop

The Fiddle Center is open for business!

Fiddlers and violinists all along the Gulf Coast have been patiently waiting for The Fiddle Center to open for business and now the wait is over. I hope to make this site a fresh resource for everyone who plays fiddle at any level, from beginner to advanced. . . . → Read More: The Fiddle Center is open for business!