Irish Music And Language Workshops

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Irish Language and Music Workshops

Irish Language 12-2pm Irish Canadian Club $15
Tin Whistle 2-4pm Germania hall $20
Irish Fiddle 4-6pm Germania hall $20
Ceili Intro 8pm Germania Hall
Ceili 9pm $15 admission (Kids Free)

This workshop is the best place to learn the basics and get you started or if you have some experience you can learn from an expert the finer points of playing Irish music.

Instructor Nicolas Brown is one of the most exciting up and coming young musicians in the Ontario Irish music scene. He is a skilled uilleann piper, flute player, and whistle player and has also been known to sing the odd song. He has performed before at the Mill Race Folk Festival in Cambridge, and at such venues as the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society Listening Room, The Schneider House in Kitchener, and even as far away as Littleton, Colorado. Nicolas is an award winning musician and a skilled whistle player. Nicolas has been largely influenced by the whistle playing of Donncha O’Briain and also strives to bring the Clare sensibilities and the slides and polkas of Kerry to his playing. Nicolas co-founded the Tri-County Ceili Band in 2009.

Tin Whistle Workshop Beginners welcome: 2-4 pm Germania Hall 863 King East Hamilton. **tin whistle provided**
To Register: Email

The Fiddle workshop will offer an introduction to Irish fiddle playing. You will study a variety of Irish tunes and spend some time looking at how to learn by ear. All levels welcome.

Instructor Brandon Gidley is one of the foremost Irish fiddlers in Hamilton, Ontario. Listening to and learning about the various Irish fiddle styles has become a major part of Brandon’s life, Brandon aims to evoke the great Clare fiddle players especially Junior Crehan, Paddy Canny and Bobby Casey. Brandon co-founded the Tri-County Ceili Band in 2009.

Instructor Alison Perkins is an Irish fiddler, tin whistle player and singer from Detroit, Michigan. She has been playing Irish music for more than half her life, having studied with Clare fiddle player Mick Gavin, and fellow American Marty Somberg. Alison has a love for both the Clare and Kerry styles of Irish music, and emulates aspects of those styles in her own playing. She has performed at a multitude of respected venues, such as the world renowned folk club The Ark, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Goderich Celtic Festival in Goderich, Ontario and the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In 2007, at the age of nineteen, Alison was invited to do a three week tour with super-star Irish singer Sean Keane. She is highly sought after as a performer and music teacher.

Irish Fiddle Workshop All levels welcome: 4-6 pm Germania Hall 863 King East, Hamilton
To Register: Email (please feel free to ask us about fiddle rentals from local music stores if you do not own one).

IRISH LANGUAGE (note this is at a different venue)
This workshop will give you an introduction to the Irish language and will give you words of greetings, some conversational pieces and an idea as to the beauty of the language. It is hoped then that those attending will be able to attend future weekly classes.

Instructor: Patrick Roche.
Irish Language Workshop Beginners welcome: 12-2pm Irish Canadian Club 389 Concession St, Hamilton.
To Register: Email

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