Traditional Irish Music
O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, who's director is our own Ken Fleming, are busy getting ready for this years retreat. Time is running out! It's going to be another great event based on the line up listed below. This gathering takes place on October 26-28, 2012 in Waxahachie, Texas for three days of learning and playing.
An exceptional lineup of guest instructors will teach including such great musicians/instructors as Angelina Carberry – banjo, Brian Conway – fiddle, Matt Cranitch – fiddle, Dave Curley – singing, Jackie Daly – C#/D button accordion, Fionán de Barra – standard guitar, Mairtin de Cogain – bodhran, Colm Delaney – anglo concertina, Grainne Hambly – harp, James Kelly – fiddle, Oisin McAuley – fiddle, Conal O’Grada – flute, John Whelan – B/C button accordion. They will be joined by our veteran retreat instructors including Kevin Alewine – Irish guitar fundamentals, Janis Deane – basic tinwhistle & flute, John Liestman – mandolin, Valerie Plested – basic fiddle, and Eric Ryan-Johnson – basic fiddle.
They also offer two 90-minute classes each day in fiddle, flute, whistle, guitar, bodhran, harp, Anglo concertina, button accordion (C#/D & B/C), tenor banjo, mandolin and singing. Enrichment classes teaching Irish music history or exploring Irish music today will also be offered each day. Additionally, daily workshops presenting music theory, use of ABCs (cyber notation), playing pain free, learning by ear, and basic sound system operation will be available. Youth 11 and older may attend our retreat.
The retreat will officially begin on Thursday night, October 25, with a “meet & greet” BBQ. Classes start Friday morning and continue through Sunday late afternoon. Each evening there will be concerts by instructors and mini-concerts during meals with a “farewell” concert on Sunday evening. On the Saturday night program, there will be a “Texas Tune & Song Tussle” which features friendly competition among student ensembles that form at the retreat vying for “O’Diddley Awards.” Sessions will be plentiful and organized by levels with some instructor-led and others not.
For all of the details, please visit their new website at www.oflahertyretreat.org.
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