2019 Workshops

 

Intro to Guitar Accompaniment w/ Conor Hearn

Saturday, October 5th 9:45am-10:45am - $10, no registration required

at Mount Baker Media House - 1230 Bay St.

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This workshop will address basic skills for accompanying Irish and Scottish tunes on the guitar. It is open to most common guitar tunings (DADGAD, Standard, Drop-D). We will focus on techniques for playing commonly found rhythmic patterns in jigs and reels on the guitar, and explore basic harmonic movement and chord progressions in fiddle tunes. Bouzoukis are also welcome!

 

Interpreting Irish Reels w/ Maura Shawn Scanlin

Saturday, October 5th 10am-11am - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Food Co-op Connections Building (next to the bakery) - 1220 N. Forest St.

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In this class we will learn a reel or two and discuss how to implement variations to make a tune come alive. We will cover tempo, groove, ornaments and other tools that can help us transform simple melodies into lively tunes. All instruments welcome!

 

Beginning Irish Language 

Saturday, October 5th 11am-12pm - $10, no registration required

at Mount Baker Media House - 1230 Bay St.

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The aim of this workshop is to introduce people to some basic phrases in Irish. We will focus on greetings and getting to know each other. Survival Irish to impress the natives when you visit Ireland. I will also pass on useful websites and resources where you can continue to develop your skills. Taught by Denise Dalton.

 

Duo Playing with Conor & Maura

Saturday, October 5th 11:30am-12:30pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Food Co-op Connections Building (next to the bakery) - 1220 N. Forest St.

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Maura and Conor will demonstrate their approach to playing in a duo setting and discuss their arrangement process for working up tunes for the stage. This workshop will discuss the ways in which different scenarios impact the roles of each instrument, consider approaches to melodic variation in an ensemble, and talk about how to give sets of tunes a dynamic contour.

 

Intermediate Irish Language

Saturday, October 5th 12:30pm-1:30pm - $10, no registration required

at Mount Baker Media House - 1230 Bay St.

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We will focus on topics such as hobbies, holidays and work. And maybe a little useful grammar point and a couple of irregular verbs. Taught by Denise Dalton.

 

Beginning/Intermediate Fiddle Tunes with Dale Russ

Saturday, October 5th 1pm-2pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Food Co-op Connections Building (next to the bakery) - 1220 N. Forest St.

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For beginning/Intermediate players

 

Sean-nós: Irish Dance for Everyone

Saturday, October 5th 2pm-3pm - $10, no registration required

at Mount Baker Media House - 1230 Bay St.

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If you can walk, you can dance! Join us for an introduction to old-style Irish solo dancing from Galway. We'll learn about sean-nós dancing and then explore basic rhythms, steps, and patterns. All ages and experience levels welcome. Taught by Alicia Guinn.

 

Shanty Singing Workshop

Saturday, October 5th 2:30-3:30pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Food Co-op Connections Building (next to the bakery) - 1220 N. Forest St.

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This workshop will comprise a brief history of the unaccompanied group singing traditions of Great Britain and Ireland, including demonstrations by the presenters of various types of shanties and work songs. A guided sing-along of a simple shanty will follow, with each vocal part led by a member of Portland-based folk band Biddy on the Bench. Participants will learn the basics of harmony and leading, as well as gaining a contextual understanding of the history of shanty singing. Noah Cotter of Biddy on the Bench, who has been singing Irish and British ballads and shanties since he was thirteen, will lead this workshop. All skill levels welcome!

 

Sean-nós: Irish Dance… The Next Step

Saturday, October 5th 3:30pm-4:30pm - $10, no registration required

at Mount Baker Media House - 1230 Bay St.

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For those with some sean-nós dancing experience, or who have taken the beginning class. Taught by Alicia Guinn.

 

Beginning Tin Whistle 

Saturday, October 5th 4pm-5pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Food Co-op Connections Building (next to the bakery) - 1220 N. Forest St.

The Irish tin whistle is both a brilliant instrument in its own right and a great way to dip your toes into the seas of traditional Irish music. Come join Casey Dyer of Biddy on the Bench, who has been playing the tin whistle for over 15 years, learn the basics of the tin whistle and the Irish music culture. The workshop will explore the tin whistle through learning a common Irish tune. Casey will discuss his approach to the music and how to fully express the power of an Irish tune with the unique sound of a tin whistle.

 

Fiddle: Intermediate/Advanced with Dale Russ

Sunday, October 6th 11:15-12:15pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Food Co-op Connections Building (next to the bakery) - 1220 N. Forest St.

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For intermediate/advanced fiddle players.

 

Bodhran: The Basics

Sunday, October 6th 12:30-1:15pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Food Co-op Connections Building (next to the bakery) - 1220 N. Forest St.

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This workshop will be about the physical aspects of playing the bodhran: how to hold the bodhran, how to hold the stick, and how to strike the bodhran to get a nice clear sound. Taught by Bill Woods.

 

Scottish Tunes on Fiddle and Guitar

Sunday, October 6th 1:30-2:30pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Food Co-op Connections Building (next to the bakery) - 1220 N. Forest St.

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Taught by Kate Powers and David Rivers.

 

Bodhran: Beyond the Basics

Sunday, October 6th 2:45-3:45pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Food Co-op Connections Building (next to the bakery) - 1220 N. Forest St.

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This workshop will be about the musical aspects of playing the bodhran: different types of rhythms and how to make those rhythms interesting using rests, accents, rolls, syncopation, pitch, and timbre. Taught by Bill Woods.