Irish Music and Dance Workshops

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Irish Music and Dance Workshops

Join us for an afternoon of free workshops in Irish music, dance, and culture, led by members of the Rochester Irish community. This event, which had been run for 14 years at Nazareth College, moved a mile up the street to St. John Fisher College in 2016. The Tom Finucane Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann are excited to have the event back for its fourth year at Fisher in 2019!

12:30-1:30 PM
• Irish Step Dance with the Fisher Irish Dance Club (Cleary Aud)
• Session Tunes for All Instruments with Tony Scalise (K308)
• Variation and Ornamentation with Mark Gowman (K310)
• Fiddle with Steph Benson (K312)
• Harp (demo harps available!) with Mary Lester (K314)
• Bodhrán/Irish Drum with Kate Ballard (K317)
• Beginner Tin Whistle with James Hallahan (K323)
• Highland Bagpipes – practice chanters only – with the Gates Keystone Police Pipe Band (K325)

1:45-2:45 PM
• Old-Style (Sean-Nos) Step Dance with Kathy Whitfield (Cleary Aud)
• Anglo Concertina with Jim Kimball (K308)
• Guitar Accompaniment with Cathy McGrath (K310)
• Beginner Fiddle with Mark Ballard (K312)
• Irish Language and Song with Brian Clancy (K314)
• Tenor Banjo and Mandolin with Mike Keyes (K317)
• Intermediate Tin Whistle with Ralph Minervino (K323)
• Uilleann Pipes with Tim Benson (K325)

3:00-4:00
• Irish Social Dancing – Ceilis and Sets with Kathy Whitfield (Cleary Aud)
• Accordion with Bob English (K308)
• Playing by Ear with Alyssa Rodriguez and Ben Hockenberry (K310)
• Fiddle with Ben Goehring (K312)
• Singing with Mary Lester and Becky Farrell-Ferrigno (K314)
• Drums for Pipe Bands – practice pads only – with the Gates Keystone Police Pipe Band (K317)
• Hornpipes for all instruments with Mike Keyes (K323)
• Flute with Tim Benson (K325)

4:00: Performances and trad session in Cleary Auditorium