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Co. Galway
What Instrument ( inc Voice ) Do You Play ?
Banjo/ Mandolin
What level are you at ?
Intermediate Level 1 (1-5 years)

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At 16:45 on August 30, 2011, William Hurley said…



That sounds like a good way to learn, and i bet it gets good results.


I record my lessons with Ed, but he's unable to really slow down tunes, so i'm trying to learn them by ear full speed ahead.

I wish it were true that being a classical violinist made it easier to learn or play tunes, but it really doesn't. I've never learned by ear, and so that's all new to me. Also, the bowing patterns and ornaments are totally different. Ornaments go in very different places than they do in Mozart and such.

Session here isn't really a beginner friendly thing, but there really aren't any of those around, so i do my best.

That's about where i'm at. Latest tunes in the basket were "Old Hag, you have killed me" and "Frahers"......


Looked up the family motto. Apparently much research has been done into the history of the Herlihy clan of Cork. They say there are about 30 variants of the name, so i imagine we Hurleys are in there somewhere.



At 21:18 on August 24, 2011, Kevin Cosgrave said…

Hi Paul,


We had a grand session over in Aughrim Tuesday night, twould be nice to get a regular session going there.

At 3:30 on August 24, 2011, William Hurley said…



Thanks for writing. There are sessions here. The most notable in Ithaca is the tuesday night Chapter House session, hosted by Troanach. I study with their fiddler, who was a student (long ago) of James Morrison in NY. He's quite the traditionalist, but i think that's a great way to get started.

I've been to Ireland once, on tour with a chamber orchestra. It is a lovely place, and i would certainly like to travel there again, if my life ever permits.


I've been playing Irish music nearly 1 year now, and am certainly enjoying it ......steady diet of session tunes, with an odd one thrown in once in a while for variety. How do you, personally,  go about learning tunes?


Again, thanks for writing. It's great to be in contact with a Hurley from the home country.



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At 22:19 on August 20, 2011, William Hurley said…



Yes indeed. I've been wondering about the musical Hurleys in Ireland. What can you tell me about yourself and the Hurleys you know?

I'm loving learning the music.




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