Workshops

 

Scottish Fiddle Workshop with Ryan McKasson

Saturday, October 7th 9:45-10:45am - $10, no registration required

at Allegro Strings Violin Shop - 1210 Cornwall Ave

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Intermediate/advanced level. I will teach a traditional and a modern tune, if time permits, picking from either Jig, Reel, or Strathspey (possibly a slower tune depending on the level of the class as a whole and what people want). Generally, my teaching philosophy is to use these tunes as vehicles for teaching some of the key elements of emotionally charged and groove driven music. Particularly, this class will be about how to connect the emotion and/or groove to the notes in the tune. This may be regarding bowings, bow or breath management, and overall rhythmic themes and motifs that are common within Scottish music. But players of all instruments will get a lot out of this because I really like to show how I make a tune "feel", from a phrase-by-phrase point of view - getting down to the nitty-gritty of how to make a tune fit a groove, or how to connect the notes to create emotionally charged lines. All tunes will be taught by ear. Fiddle centric, but all instruments are welcome. Taught by Ryan McKasson

 

 

Tin Whistle for the Complete Beginner

Saturday, October 7th 11am-12pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave

Shake out your hands and get your fingers limber for an hour of basic instruction in playing the tin whistle (aka penny whistle).  If you have a “D” whistle, bring it along; if not, I will have a few to lend. Ages 10 and up. Taught by Todd Citron.

 

 

Rhythm Guitar Ideas

Saturday, October 7th 12:15-1:15pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave

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In this workshop, we will explore different aspects of rhythm guitar accompaniment for fiddle tunes. This will include, bass lines, percussive hits, voice leading, and more, and will cover different tune types as well. The workshop will be held in standard tuning, and is suitable for intermediate to advanced guitar players. Taught by Colin Cotter.

 

Beginning Irish Language Workshop

Saturday, October 7th 12:30-1:30pm - $10, no registration required

Brandywine Kitchen, Mezzanine Level - 1319 Commercial St.

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The aim of this workshop is to introduce people to some basic phrases in Irish. We will do basic verbs such as TO BE, and we will learn some useful vocabulary with pronunciation. If you choose visit Ireland you can use some of the language with the locals! I will also pass on useful websites and resources where you can continue to develop your skills. Taught by Denise Dalton.

 

Irish-Step Dance for the Absolute Beginner

Saturday, October 7th 12:30-1:30pm - $10 per person, no registration required

at Opus - 114 W. Holly St. 

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Want to impress your friends and family? Be the star of every party? Make new friends and get a good workout? Come join us in learning a few basic Irish step dancing moves and group dances! This class will be open to all ages and levels. Bring dance shoes if you have them, but socks are fine, too. Taught by Lydia McClaran.

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Plethora of Pipes!

Saturday, October 7th 1:30-2:30pm - $10 per person, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave

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“Don’t all bagpipes play just one tune?” “Are those REAL bagpipes?” “Wait, why aren’t you blowing?” Get the answers to these questions and more as Elias Alexander, Preston Howard, and Aaron Malcomb demonstrate different bagpipes from the Irish and Scottish traditions and the tunes they play. Open to all ages, all levels, all instruments.

 

Songs in Irish for Beginners/ Amhráin Gaeilge

Saturday, October 7th 2-3pm - $10, no registration required

Brandywine Kitchen, Mezzanine Level - 1319 Commercial St.

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All ages. All abilities. Beginning singing or beginning Irish! Niall Ó Murchú and Peadar MacMahon will teach two classic songs in Irish featuring lots of repetition: Beidh Aonach Amárach (there's a fair tomorrow) about a young girl whose mother won't allow her go to the fair and Cúnla about a playful rogue who will stop at nothing to visit his friend's room. Peadar will play the tunes and lead the singing. Niall will break down the words and language and teach pronunciation. Singers will get a flavor for Munster Irish and Conamara Irish and a window on Irish songs we learned at school. Words and translations will be provided for everyone in the workshop. Fáilte roimh chách. All welcome.

 

Irish Fiddle Basics

Saturday, October 7th 2:45-3:45pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

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For newer fiddlers or fiddle players who are new to Irish music. In this class we will learn a tune or two (depending on time) by ear and discuss basic Irish fiddle technique, including rhythm, groove, and ornamentation. Please bring something to record with. Taught by Erik Killops.

 

Bodhrán Basics for Beginners

Saturday, October 7th 4pm-5pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

No experience? No Drum? No Problem! This class is suitable for beginners age 14+. We will cover the basic mechanics of playing the traditional Irish frame drum and learn a basic reel pattern, as well as drum & tipper selection, maintenance, and musicality. Bring your own drum or borrow one of ours! Taught by David Pender Lofgren.

 

Scottish Highland Dancing for Beginners

Saturday, October 7th 4pm-5pm - $10, no registration required

at Opus - 114 W. Holly St. 

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All ages! All abilities! Come get a taste of the world of Scottish Highland dance. In this workshop, you will get a chance to learn the Highland Fling as well as the history and story that accompanies it. Come in comfortable and easy to move clothes, bare feet, water bottle in hand, and a willingness to try something new! Class taught by British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) certified instructor Abby Dickmann.

 

Uilleann Pipe Tunes Workshop

Saturday, October 7th 5:15-6:15pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

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This workshop will take an in depth look at a few uilleann pipe centered tunes as played by master pipers from the mid 20th century, such as Seamus Ennis and Tommy Reck.  Various elements of uilleann pipe technique and ornamentation will be highlighted along the way.  All intermediate/advanced instruments are welcome.  This will be of particular interest to pipers, flute players, and fiddlers. Taught by Preston Howard.

 

Backing Tunes with Irish Bouzouki for Beginners

Sunday, October 8th 10:30-11:30am - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

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This workshop will focus on using the instrument for backing up melody players. Richie will cover beginner concepts like getting a good tone from your instrument, simple rhythms, bouzouki friendly chords, and effective use of the capo.  Some experience on guitar or bouzouki is helpful but not needed. Taught by Richie Rosencrans.

 

 

Beginning Flute Workshop

Sunday, October 8th 10:30-11:30am - $10, no registration required

at Allegro Strings Violin Shop - 1210 Cornwall Ave.

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In this workshop will demystify the sometimes daunting elements of the Irish flute. We will discuss tone production procedures, best breathing practices, and an ornament or two. We will also cover methods of learning tunes by ear, and some of the history of this mighty instrument. Taught by Conor O'Bryan.

 

Essential Albums of Irish Music 

Sunday, October 8th 11:45am-12:45pm - $5 no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

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New to Irish music? Wondering what to listen to for inspiration and to get the feel of the music? From my collection of hundreds of albums, I've picked out a few We'll go over the top albums that anyone who plays or enjoys Irish music should hear. We'll cover both bands and solo artists, new and old. Top players of all the major instruments will be mentioned, so you can get some ideas specific to your instrument. We'll listen to a sampling of these in the class so you'll know which artists tickle your fancy. A burned CD sampler of different musicians that are talked about will be available to purchase for an additional $5. 

 

 

Beginning & Intermediate Irish Harmonica Playing

Sunday, October 8th 1-2pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave

Hi! If you come to this workshop I think the best thing will be for us all to have a ‘C’ harmonica. I will demonstrate some tunes on different harmonicas including some ‘Irish Tuned’ or ‘Paddy Richter’ ones. This will be to show and encourage the possibilities, but for this session we’ll concentrate on learning one tune, ‘The Chanter Song’, in D minor. Also we’ll talk about what are the three main keys most readily available on your ‘C’ harp ­ C major, D minor, and G blues key for the mouth organ we so love. I’ll have you all try what you can individually as well as we’ll find what we can do as a group. If we get through one tune, we’ll start another. It’s not especially easy as most tunes require you to play higher up on the instrument. So in preparation for the class you could practice getting your single notes all up and down sounding clear and strong. We’ll do a bit of rhythmic and chordal improvisation with a keen ear on keeping it within the Irish idiom, and work on one or two ornamentations.  Taught by Jan Peters.

 

Ogham - The Celtic Tree Alphabet

Sunday, October 8th 2:15-3:15pm $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave

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Did you know that in the ancient Celtic alphabet, every letter was linked to a tree, and they were the keys to a whole body of hidden knowledge? Did you know that the bards and druids of old had a secret system of sign language that let them communicate without anyone noticing? In this class you'll learn how to write the Ogham runes, what they mean, and how to use the sign language.