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BCMFest Workshop: Irish Fiddle

BCMFest Workshop: Irish Fiddle

  • Celtic
  • Folk
  • Instrumental
  • International
  • Roots

This class will focus on some lesser known compositions of the legendary button accordionist and composer Paddy O’Brien from Tipperary. Paddy’s compositions fully cover the main Irish dance music genre as he composed reels, double jigs, slip jigs, single jigs, hornpipes, polkas, and marches. The instructor, Dan Foster, was fortunate to study fiddle music under Paddy’s daughter, Eileen O’Brien, at the University of Limerick.

Once the tunes have been taught by ear, there will be attention to typical Irish fiddle ornaments, embellishments, and also some melodic variations if there is time. There will also be sheetmusic to take home as a learning guide. Students are encouraged to bring a recording device, however Dan is more than happy to email audio to the students as well, if needed.
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This workshop is a part of the Boston Celtic Music Festival and will take place on Saturday, January 20th at 12:15-1:30pm.

PLEASE NOTE: Classes meet on the third floor of 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Unfortunately, there is no elevator in the building. Students 16 and under must be accompainied by an adult.

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