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Harp workshops will take place in the historic Floraville, Mill Place (near the Town Hall, N. Main St.) on Sunday 30th August 10am - 4pm. All standards are accepted.

Tutors:

Kathleen Loughnane: 10:00am - 12:30pm (only)

Máire Ní Chathasaigh: 10am - 4pm

Damhnait Nic Suibhne: 10am - 4pm

Kathleen will teach a morning class and Máire an afternoon one in order to facilitate intermediate - advanced players who may wish to benefit from both tutors. Depending on numbers, Máire may teach in the morning too.

Price:

€50 (workshops only) or €60 (to include entry to all weekend concerts)

Timetable for the day:

09:45 Enrolment

10-12:30 Morning Harp Class

12:30- 14:00 Lunch break - there's a choice of cafés within easy walking distance. Medieval and Renaissance harps will be available to try, courtesy of harpist Brenda Malloy.

14:00-16:00 Afternoon Harp Class

17:00 The Gathering at the Town Hall - Workshop participants, tutors and harpers, fiddle-players and traditional musicians and singers from far and wide are invited to play at what promises to be a very special musical and social event - a cross between an old-fashioned Scoraíocht (with cameo performances) and a session. All welcome!

19:00 Close of Bandon Walled Town Festival 2015

Workshop Description (Máire):

The tunes we learn will be drawn from the wide repertoire of the Irish tradition, which has lots of lovely seventeenth- and eighteenth-century harp music, "slow airs", songs and dance tunes to choose from. We'll look at the issues involved in adapting this music to the harp, concentrating on ornamentation, rhythm, fingering, and most importantly, on preserving the original essence of the music in the process. We'll also discuss phrasing and some appropriate approaches to harmony and accompaniment.

Participants will learn by ear and my imitation, though written music will be available if this seems too daunting.

If time allows we'll also explore strategies to increase the joy of playing, touching on topics such as listening with your 'inner ear'; phrasing and melodic line; and the power of heartfelt performance. We'll briefly discuss the mental aspects of music-making: concentration, thinking ahead and effective practising. The physical aspects of harping will be covered too: solutions to postural issues and common problems will be suggested, and we'll talk about learning to relax and the relationship of relaxation with tone.

We'll also have a lot of fun, I hope!!!

Workshop Description (Kathleen):

Irish music of the 17th and 18th centuries

A chance to learn some tunes from the repertoire of the Irish harper composers of the 17th and 18th centuries with a particular focus on the music of the Connellan Brothers, Thomas and William (c 1640-1720 ) and their shared musical history with that of Scotland.

Fiddle and traditional singing workshop details

Fiddle workshops will take place in the Clúid Housing Association building in Mill Place on Sunday 3oth August 10am - 4pm.

Irish traditional singing workshops will take place in the Allin Institute on Sunday 3oth August 10am - 4pm.

Tutors:

Fiddle: Nollaig Casey (further info about Nollaig here)

Traditional Irish Singing: Mairéad Ní Chathasaigh

Timetable for the day:

09:45 Enrolment

10-12:30 Morning Class

12:30- 14:00 Lunch break - there's a choice of cafés within easy walking distance.

14:00-16:00 Afternoon Class

17:00 The Gathering at the Town Hall - Workshop participants, tutors and harpers, fiddle-players and traditional musicians and singers from far and wide are invited to play at what promises to be a very special musical and social event - a cross between an old-fashioned Scoraíocht (with cameo performances) and a session. All welcome!

19:00 Close of Bandon Walled Town Festival 2015

Fiddle Workshop Description (Nollaig):

This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in Irish traditional fiddle-playing, and players of all standards are welcome. (No beginners).

Elements of the Irish traditional fiddle style, including bowing and ornamentation, will be discussed and demonstrated. Some tunes from the traditional dance music repertoire, along with a few Irish airs from the 17th-19th centuries, will be learnt by ear by the class, and sample bowings and ornamentation will be suggested.

If anyone wishes to have the written music for the tunes taught, it will be provided, complete with bowing and ornamentation indications, at the end of the class.

Traditional Singing Workshop Description (Mairéad):

Mairéad will lead a fun and informative workshop on traditional Irish language songs and songs in English from related idioms.

 

 

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