Tir na mBlath Summer Fiddle Workshop

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Tir na mBlath Summer Irish Fiddle Workshop

The Tir na mBlath Summer Fiddle Workshop teaches students of all ages (including adults) how to play violin in the Irish tradition. The workshop classes are held on Sunday afternoons for six weeks over the summer.

In keeping with the Irish tradition, students will be taught fiddle tunes by ear. Classes are for students who have played the violin before but who may have limited skills on their instrument. Those with more advanced violin skills who want to learn more specifically about the Irish musical tradition are welcome.

The workshop instructor takes time to ensure each phrase is well learned before moving on to the next. In addition to bowing techniques, Students will be introduced to various left hand techniques such as cuts and rolls. Recording the class is encouraged. Students are encouraged and invited to play in the slow seisiun afterwards from 4 to 4:30, where we will reinforce the tunes and concepts learned in the workshop. They are also invited to join or listen to the regular session afterwards, to the limit of their abilities, which will improve over time.

Seisiúns (sessions) are informal gatherings of Irish traditional musicians that can be found in pubs throughout Ireland and all around the world.

Seisiúns are generally open to anyone provided they already know how to play Irish traditional music. Students who participate will be able to practice what was learned in class while performing with other Irish musicians.

OUR CLASSROOM

Fundamental to the culture of Ireland, the pub (formally ‘public house’) is the social and cul- tural center of the Irish community. Tim Finne- gan’s Irish Pub, a clean, family friendly estab- lishment, takes pride-of-place as one of south Florida’s premier pubs dedicated to the promo- tion of Irish culture and traditions. Owners Noel and Lisa Walsh welcome all ages to participate in traditional Irish arts where the backroom of the pub functions as the classroom. The backroom provides a quiet, home-like area for the Summer Fiddle Workshop, céilí dances, Gaelic language classes, traditional seisiúns and Tir na mBlath meetings.

OUR ORGANIZATION
Fundamental to the culture of Ireland, the pub (formally ‘public house’) is the social and cul- tural center of the Irish community. Tim Finne- gan’s Irish Pub, a clean, family friendly estab- lishment, takes pride-of-place as one of south Florida’s premier pubs dedicated to the promo- tion of Irish culture and traditions. Owners Noel and Lisa Walsh welcome all ages to participate in traditional Irish arts where the backroom of the pub functions as the classroom. The backroom provides a quiet, home-like area for the Summer Fiddle Workshop, céilí dances, Gaelic language classes, traditional seisiúns and Tir na mBlath meetings.

Tir na mBlath (teer nah blah) means "Land of Flowers" in Gaelic. We are south Florida’s non- profit cultural arts organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of traditional Irish music, dance, language, and arts. The organiza- tion is a branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ), established in 1951 in Ireland to preserve and promote Irish traditional culture. Visit and "like" our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TirnamBlath

OUR INSTRUCTOR

Jason van Steenwyk, a master of the Irish mu- sical idiom on violin, performs professionally in venues throughout south Florida. Mr. van Steenwyk has performed professionally since the age of 15 and began fiddle at age 28, so it’s not too late for adults to begin! He has studied with James Kelly and Patrick Ourceau, and learned by participating in sessions with many great players including Roisin Dillon, Eamonn Dillon, Brian Conway, Peter Maguire, Kira Ott, Melanie Nollie, Brian McNamara, and other wonderful players from coast to coast, and would like to acknowledge each of them for what he’s learned from them over the years, and pass it on to the next generation. Jason’s focus for instruction is on timing, feel, sound technique and musicianship as well as stylistically appropriate ensemble playing. We will also discuss basic musical etiquette, especially as it applies to the Irish session context. He loves to nurture and inspire those who wish to study traditional Irish music and participate in the spirited culture of Ireland.

TUITION
Early Payment $100 for six weeks. Must be received by Friday, June 7.

Basic Payment: $120 for six weeks.

Class by class payment: $20 per class, paid at door before class begins.

Children are welcome and encouraged to participate. Parents must remain inside the building with children at all times.

Tir na mBlath members receive a 20 percent discount. For more information regarding membership, email jeffhflooring@aol.com

5o percent of the proceeds go to benefit Tir na mBlath, whose mission is to promote Irish music and culture and educational activities in the South Florida area.