2018 Workshops

 

Beginning Irish Language 

Friday, October 5th 6-7pm - $10, limited space, please register in advance using this link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3611234

at Allegro Strings Violin Shop - 1210 Cornwall Ave.

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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. This class will be limited to 12 people, so please register in advance by clicking HERE.

 

Scottish Fiddle Workshop with Ryan McKasson

Saturday, October 6th 9:45-10:45am - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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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

 

Rhythm Guitar Ideas

Saturday, October 6th 9:45-10:45am - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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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.

 

Introduction to Fiddle for Absolute Beginners

Saturday, October 6th 9:45am-10:45am - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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Where's the frog? What's an F-hole? Why use rosin? How do I hold this thing? The answers to all these questions and more can be found in this class. Bring a fiddle, or find a friend to share with. Mostly Q & A, with the easiest tunes to walk away with. Mostly catering to adults. Parents or listeners: bring ear-plugs. Taught by Collin Stackhouse.

 

Sean-nós: Irish Dance for Everyone

Saturday, October 6th 11am-12pm - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect 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 6th time 11am-12pm - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect 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!

 

Irish Tunes on Fiddle Workshop

Saturday, October 6th time 11am-12pm - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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If you decide to take this class, I will be sharing some tunes from my repertoire! Since I play mostly in the Irish tradition, I will mostly likely pick from this style. As I share tunes, a recording device is handy to have but I can email recordings of these tunes to everyone in attendance. I am excited to share some of my favorite tunes at this wonderful festival! Taught by Sean Connors. All instruments are welcome, but will be taught on fiddle.

 

Bodhrán Basics for Beginners

Saturday, October 6th time 11am-12pm - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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.

 

Second Fiddle in Irish Music

Saturday, October 6th 12:45pm-1:45pm - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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Eventually, as a fiddler you'll be in a session with several other fiddlers playing the melody. How do you move away from the safety of the notes you know, to add more texture? Given the right scenario, drones, chords, harmonies and (dare I say) the occasional chuck or chop can add a lot to a tune. There are ways to play along to a tune you don't even know, without totally making it crash and burn. Taught by Collin Stackhouse

 

Beginning Tin Whistle 

Saturday, October 6th 12:45pm-1:45pm - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect 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.

 

Ceili Dance Class

Saturday, October 6th 2-3pm. - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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Ceili dances are native Irish social dances that date back as far as the 1500s. Similar to contra dancing, they are led by a caller, contain a few basic steps, and have easy-to-learn patterns based on heys, quadrilles, round dances, and long dances. In this fun, lightly aerobic class, we will learn the basic steps and two or three dances to explore the dance form's variety. No experience is necessary; all ages and skill levels are welcome! Please wear something comfortable, bring a water bottle and comfortable soft dancing shoes, such as jazz shoes, dance sneakers, or athletic shoes. Taught by Kelsey Wilson.

 

Building Sets of Tunes in Irish Music

Saturday, October 6th 2-3pm. - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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Whether on the fly or pre-planned, the seamless transition from one melody to another can be one of the most exciting moments when playing Irish music. An ensemble can take advantage of these transitions as well as varied instrumentation and dynamics to create a set that takes the listener on a sonic journey. Member of the band Na Rósaí will discuss their process of linking tunes into longer sets and ideas for creating ensemble arrangements. This will mostly be a discussion workshop and instruments are not needed. Led by members of Na Rósaí

 

Tips and Tricks for Backing Irish Tunes Using Standard Tuning

Saturday, October 6th 3:30-4:30pm - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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In the past few decades Drop D and DADGAD have become the guitar tunings of choice to provide rhythm guitar backup for Irish melodies. This workshop will reintroduce standard tuning and chord shapes to help you get that "Irish" sound by using just standard tuning.  By taking advantage of drone and muted strings and creative capo placement you'll get a lot of confused onlookers asking what tuning you are using. A discussion of some rhythm basics will also be included. Led by Richie Rosencrans.

 

Irish Fiddle Basics

Saturday, October 6th 3:30-4:30pm - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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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.

 

Beginning Flute

Saturday, October 6th 3:30-4:30pm - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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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. Those in the beginning class may choose to return for the advanced class, as the information will all be applicable. Led by Conor O'Bryan.

 

Ogham: The Celtic Tree Alphabet Workshop

Saturday, October 6th 3:30-4:30pm - $10, no registration required

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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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.

 

Irish Social Dancing

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

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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Simple and fun partner dancing! This class will introduce the most basic forms of Irish social dance. We'll learn basic footwork and figures. All ages and experience levels welcome. No partner needed. Taught by Alicia Guinn.

 

Shanty Singing Workshop

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

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect 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!

 

Unplayed Old Highland/Gaelic Tunes Workshop

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

at Sylvia Center for the Arts -  205 Prospect St.

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Learn several old reels from collections of tunes made in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the 17 and 1800s, and from the oral tradition of Gaelic mouth music. All instruments welcome. Taught by Elias Alexander.

 

Beginning Whistle: Level 2

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

at Allegro Strings Violin Shop - 1210 Cornwall Ave.

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We will start with a quick review of the basics and move on to technique and style.  The expectation is that you have some basic skills on the whistle.  Please bring your “D” whistle with you.

 

Songs in Irish for Beginners/ Amhráin Gaeilge

Sunday, October 7th 2-3pm - $10 adults/$5 kids, no registration required

at Allegro Strings Violin Shop - 1210 Cornwall Ave.

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All ages. All abilities. Beginning singing or beginning Irish. Niall Ó Murchú and Jan Peters will teach two classic songs in Irish featuring lots of repetition: a lullaby Bog Braon don tSeanduine (a soft drop for the old fellow) the macaronic (bilingual) Tá mo Chleamhnas á Dhéanamh/A Match was Made about unrequited love. Jan will play the tunes and keep us in key. Niall will break down the words and language and teach pronunciation. Singers will get a flavor for Munster Irish and Ulster Irish and a window on Irish songs we learn at school. Words and translations will be provided for everyone in the workshop. Fáilte roimh chách/All Welcome.

 

Irish Step-Dance for the Absolute Beginner

Sunday, October 7th 5-6pm - $10, 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 is best suited to ages 12-adult. All ability levels are welcome. Bring dance shoes if you have them, but socks are fine, too. Taught by Lydia McClaran.