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’

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

‘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!

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