an fidleir

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I started playing music when I was about 4, when my mom started me on piano. As time went on, I grew to love the piano, and music overall. By the time I was 8, I started learning viola.

After my brother introduced me to the band "The Irish Experience" (which I despise right now…), and my sister with "Riverdance", I fell in love with Celtic music, so I began fiddling on the viola. A couple years later, my mom get her old violin fixed up, - and knowing me, I couldn’t resist - I taught myself to play violin/fiddle.

Starting around the age of 12, I was intrigued by the Irish flute. As a result (especially with lack of funds) I began my early attempts to make flutes out of the Japanese Knotweed (I thought it was bamboo) that was in our backyard, with just barely enough success to drive me on. As I learned over time, I was able to craft PVC flutes that I (and pretty much only me) was able to play. About that time, I got an Irish flute off of ebay for $30, which surprisingly played fairly well. That was when I was invited to play at the local Irish session. That was where I bloomed…

Learning from the older players there, I learned to play the music, and started being able to make PVC flutes that were suitable for a session. I was also introduced more closely to the uilleann pipes and bodhran. Over the years, It’s just progressed from there.

Now, I play the piano, viola, and violin (for classical), and for Irish music, I play the Irish flute, high/low whistles, fiddle, bodhran, and hopefully soon to be pipes.

Favorite bands and performers include: Lunasa, Dervish, Danu, Solas, Kevin Crawford, Orlaith McAuliffe, John McSherry, Alasdair Fraser, Liz Carroll, Natalie MacMaster, Kevin Burke. My newest favorite is Crosscurrent.