Positive Reviews for ‘Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle’

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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’

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

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

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

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“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!

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

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