Workshops

Irish Flute
Isaac Alderson
Sean-Nós Step
Shannon Dunne
The Friendly Bodhrán
Tim Hogan
Céilí Dancing
Mary Branick Ujda
Irish Set Dancing
Shannon Dunne
Songs of the Irish Whistle
Joanie Madden
Advanced Irish Fiddle
Liz Carroll
Irish Tune Accompaniment
Josh Dukes
Beginning Irish Whistle
John Maschinot
Intermediate/Advanced Irish Fiddle
Brian Conway
Irish Fiddle
Dylan Foley
Playing Tunes for Dancers
Billy McComiskey
Piano Accompaniment
Brendan Dolan
Irish Button Accordion
Dan Gurney
Song: Musical Messages Through Time
John Doyle
Traditional Irish Songs 1 & 2
Mai Hernon

Mai HernonTraditional Irish Songs 1 & 2 (Mai Hernon)
Learn a few traditional songs of Ireland in a traditional style from native Irish singer Mai Hernon from County Sligo, now making her home in Tennessee. Bring your voice and a recording device. (Maximum class size of 20 players)

Tim Hogan
The Friendly Bodhrán (Tim Hogan)
Survey course of Irish music and dance rhythms played on the bodhrán (Irish frame drum). Session etiquette for percussionists and instrument care will also be outlined. Class includes an overview of the principal dance tune forms such as jigs and reels, hornpipes, slip jigs and slides. This class is for all levels. No instrument yet, or did you forget yours? Tim has a few bodhráns to borrow or purchase, email him at timhogan999@gmail.com. Bring your bodhrán and a recording device. (Maximum class size of 20 players)

John Maschinot
Beginning Irish Whistle, The Gateway to Irish Music (John Maschinot)
Begin learning the basics (holding the instrument, proper breath control) or brush up on your existing skills as you learn tunes. Director of The Celtic Company in Atlanta, multi-instrumentalist John Maschinot performs, presents, teaches and interprets Irish music to a variety of audiences around the Southeast region. A few whistles will be available for purchase in class, reserve yours by emailing johnmaschinot@gmail.com. Bring your whistle, or buy one from the instructor. Also, you may find an audio recording device helpful. (Maximum class size of 20 players)

Mary Branick Ujda
Céilí Dancing (Mary Branick Ujda, TCRG)
Dancers of all ages will quickly gain a working knowledge of the basic céilí dance steps as we learn some of the fun progressive dances from the Irish social dance tradition. All experience levels are welcome, dance partner NOT required! Bring comfortable, slip soled shoes. (No taps or hard Irish dance shoes, please. Maximum class size of 24 dancers)

Dylan Foley
Irish Fiddle (Dylan Foley)
2014 All-Ireland senior fiddle champion Dylan Foley will offer a clinic on technique and repertoire. Students will learn a tune and go through bowing techniques as well as ornamentation i.e. rolls, cuts, double stops, and slides commonly found in the Sligo and Clare fiddling traditions. Please bring a recording device to accurately capture what is being taught. Dylan does not teach with written notation, but can provide it at the end of the class if needed. Bring your instrument and a recording device. (Maximum class size of 20)

Isaac Alderson
Irish Flute (Isaac Alderson)
At the 2002 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Isaac Alderson won the senior title on three different instruments in the same afternoon: uilleann pipes, flute, and whistle. In these classes he will impart some of the breadth of his knowledge and skill on the flute, covering fundamentals, technique, repertoire, as well as instrument maintenance. Students are encouraged to bring an audio recorder. Bring your instrument and a recording device. (Maximum class size of 20)

Dan Gurney
Irish Button Accordion (Dan Gurney)
This workshop will cover the Irish button accordion, focusing on the B/C system but with C#/D players also welcome. We will learn a tune together, with additional tunes for you to record, and will go over the different kinds of ornaments including rolls, cuts, and triplets. We will also cover how to use the bass on the left hand, and the best fingering techniques for getting around the keyboard. Please bring a phone or recorder as we will be learning by ear. (Maximum class size of 20)

Shannon Dunne
Sean-Nós Step (Shannon Dunne)
Literally meaning “old style” in Irish, sean-nos dance is an exciting, improvised battering style dance, characterized by a loose, playful upper body, close to the floor steps and a strong musicality. Up until recently, sean-nós dance has been kept alive in the remote areas of Connemara Gaeltacht, passed along through family/community lines. Students will learn key elements of Connemara dancing, and traditional 8 bar phrases and steps. Students will learn how to understand the tunes themselves, and how to highlight using steps thus gaining confidence in their improvisations! Bring comfortable, slip soled shoes. (No taps or hard Irish dance shoes, please. Maximum class size of 24 dancers)

John Doyle
Song: Musical Messages Through Time (John Doyle)
Bring your instrument and a recording device. (Maximum class size of 20 players and dancers)

Josh Dukes
Irish Tune Accompaniment: Guitar, Bouzouki, Mandolin, et al.(Josh Dukes)
This workshop will cover the approaches to tradition Irish music accompaniment. Focus will be placed on rhythm, chord selection, phrasing, and right and left-hand techniques. An emphasis will be placed on learning when and when not to play certain chords as well as deciphering keys and different tune types. Please bring a recording device (Maximum class size of 20)

Joanie Madden
Songs of the Irish Whistle (Joanie Madden)
Award-winning and world-renowned musician Joanie Madden will share a few great whistle tunes from her repertoire. Bring your whistle(s) and a recording device. Intermediate to advanced level Irish whistle players. This is NOT a beginner level class. (Maximum class size of 20)

Brian Conway
Intermediate/Advanced Irish Fiddle (Brian Conway)
Premiere Sligo style fiddler Brian Conway will focus on the relationship between bowing, phrasing and ornamentation in traditional Irish fiddling, for competition or session players.
Intermediate to advanced level Irish fiddle players. This is NOT a beginner level class. (Maximum class size of 15)

Billy McComiskey
Playing Tunes for Dancers (Billy McComiskey)
Learn to play dance tunes from All-Ireland champion accordion player Billy McComiskey. Topics to include smart tune set selection, effective key changes, proper dance tempos and the three more T’s (tops, tails and transitions). Open to all instruments., dancers welcome. Bring your instrument and a recording device. (Maximum class size of 20 players and dancers)

Brendan Dolan
Piano Accompaniment(Brendan Dolan)
Explore the rhythms and styles of Irish music accompaniment on the piano keyboard with this remarkable musician and educator. Bring your keyboard and an extension cord. A recording device is recommended. Intermediate to advanced keyboard players. This is NOT a beginner level class. (Maximum class size of 20)

Liz Carroll
Advanced Irish Fiddle (Liz Carroll)
This Advanced Irish fiddle class for all ages will work on ear training and distinctively Irish ornamentation through the acquisition of less familiar tunes at a brisk pace. Bring your instrument and a recording device. This is NOT a beginner level class. (Maximum class size of 15)

Shannon Dunne
Irish Set Dancing (Shannon Dunne)
“Sets” are danced by eight people in a formation similar to that of American square dancing. Each dance may consist of a few figures with a short pause between each. Students will learn or review the valuable foundations for Irish social dancing, specifically Irish sets: how to find the groove of the dance, participate in the figure, and punctuate that groove with moments of battering, using their feet as percussion instruments. Bring comfortable, slip soled shoes. (No taps or hard Irish dance shoes, please. Maximum class size of 24 dancers)