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

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

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