Workshops with Irish fiddler Gerry O'Connor and guitarist Don PenzienRegister Now
Gerry O'Connor is from Dundalk, Co. Louth, where he grew up in a family of musicians, dancers and singers, all taught at home by his mother, Rose. A four times winner of The Fiddler of Oriel competition, Gerry has lately adjudicated both it and the Gael Linn’s Siansa and RAAP /RTE sponsored Breakthrough competitions. He was co-founder and first Artistic Director of Ceol Chairlinn, an annual teaching festival in Carlingford , Co Louth. He is also the Traditional Arts coordinator at the newly established Creative-Connexions Irish/ Catalan Arts festival in Sitges, teaches fiddle at the Willie Clancy Summer School and at master-classes throughout Europe. He has been working and playing with Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin and Fintan Vallely in the Compánach project since 2013. While touring and teaching in North America in places such as UCLA and Boston College's Gaelic Roots series, Gerry also participted in the Master /Apprentice program through the New Jersey Folk Arts Program
With a focus on his local music of Oriel, he is known world-wide as a soloist and as a founder band member of Lá Lugh, Skylark and Oirialla. He has recorded 14 albums with his first solo album Journeyman hailed as a landmark album of Irish fiddle music, and has performed with all of the leading performers of the Irish music world including members of the Chieftains, Boys of the Lough, Planxty, De Dannan and Bothy Band. Gerry has published a book of Cathal McConnell's songs and is launching a tunebook this week featuring dance music of Oriel recorded at the turn of the 20th century. Gerry is also highly regarded as a violin-maker, music teacher and music producer.
Fiddle Workshop 11am-12:30pm
I will spend time with this group of Fiddle Student showing and explaining some Typical Bowing Patterns in Irish Music specific to the playing of Dance music. This class is offered to students of an intermediate level of fiddle playing. Some experience in learning by ear would be an advantage; a positive approach to attempting to learn by watching and listening is essential
Don Penzien has long been a top-flight performer of Irish traditional music. He frequently is on the road playing concerts and festivals with Gailfean, TheMáirtín de Cógáin Project, and Haley Richardsonand he has served as accompanist for numerous other well-known performers (e.g., Gerry O’Connor, Randal Bays, Tim Britton, John Williams, Pat Broaders, Gabe Donohue, Ben Jaber, Tony DeMarco, Billy McComiskey, Sean Clohessy, Bridget Fitzgerald, Kevin Doyle). Widely recognized for his reserved backing style, Don’s dexterous work on DADGAD-tuned guitar provides solid, driving rhythms to traditional tunes as well as perceptive and sensitive accompaniments to songs and airs. Don is a Michigan native with strong roots in Irish culture and an affinity for Irish traditional music. He now resides in NC where he works as Professor at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Guitar Workshop 11am-12:30pm
Guitar Accompaniment for Irish/Celtic Music with a focus on the DADGAD tuning. Beginning/Intermediate Level
2 elements to the workshop: a) overview of DADGAD tuning--advantages and opportunities, and b) accompanying Irish/Celtic tunes and songs in "traditional" style (regardless of tuning). Depending on experience level and interests of attendees, we can potentially address: chord shapes, moveable chords and chord progressions, keys/modes, strumming patterns (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.), capo use, finding/enhancing the rhythm of a tune, accompaniment approaches depending on setting (e.g., tune sessions vs. playing for dancers vs. stage performances), and/or accompaniment session etiquette.
Doors open at 10:30am, workshops begin at 11am and end at 12:30pm.
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Week Eight of the Bagpipes for Beginners Series
An evening concert with Irish fiddler Gerry O'Connor and guitarist Don Penzien