Finger Pickin’ Blues Guitar
Learn some of the fundamental techniques used in acoustic blues playing which are useful for playing in other styles as well. Explore
alternating, monotonic and stumble bass in a few guitar friendly keys. Time permitting we will also touch on the use of open tunings.
Bring an acoustic guitar and know first position chords.
Wake Up Dancing
Tone up your body and tune in your mind. Warm up with irresistible rhythms then still your mind and stretch with serene soul music.
A relaxed and informal, interactive workshop looking at how the bouzouki was introduced into Celtic music and various ways in which it
can be approached musically in an assortment of musical styles. Something for everyone.
Get your feet around some Old Time dance moves. Clogging is a folk tap dancing of the Appalachians. Suitable for beginners.
Note: non-grip, non-rubberized soles are easier to clog in.
Introduction To Breton Music
Nicola Hayes & Hélène Brunet
Learn about the music of Brittany from two artists who are immersed in the tradition. Bring an instrument and learn a tune or two.
Den will take participants through right hand technique, different styles of playing and the different tunings he uses. Participants will
learn a simple tune and, if time permits, the banjo as a songwriting tool will be explored.
English Traditional Dance: Morris, Rapper & Long Sword
Kirsty is an established traditional dancer from England. Since the age of 12 she has been learning and teaching humans of all ages
around the World the basics and intricate details of Morris, rapper and long sword. If you’d like to enjoy a brief run through of the 3
traditions come along to the workshop.
12 noon Narira
Irish Button Accordion
David Munelly (The Rambling Boys)
From Belmullet, County Mayo, David has been playing the button accordion since the age of seven. He’s known for his colourful style
and bold bass fingerings. Come and talk to a maestro, but remember, he’ll be a bit jet lagged!
Old Time Fiddle
Kat Mear (Little Rabbit)
Learn the nuances of Appalachian Old Time Fiddling with Kat Mear, for fiddlers from all disciplines. By the end of the workshop
everyone should be playing a tune in the old time style. Onlookers most welcome.
Brush Up On Bush Dancing
Learn the basics of Australian traditional bush dances with FolkLines - some of the most experienced and knowledgeable bush dance
musicians around. For all the family.
Atlantic Canadian Fiddle Style
Tim Chassion (The East Pointers)
Focuses on repertoire and technique from Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton, looking at tunes new and old, with various
ornamentation. You should be comfortable playing a few tunes at a moderate tempo, and learning by ear.
Tangos is Nothing Like a Tango
Flamenco workshop for dancers, drummers and stringed instrument (guitar, ukulele, mandolin). Musicians: pick up the rhythm,
attitude, palmas (hand-clapping), chords, mode, style and structural cues for a Flamenco Tango. Dancers: explore typical moves used
in Tangos. Together we will create a Tangos with fire and passion.
Tin Whistle Dynamics
Learn a new tune (on a D whistle) and discover how to make the tune your own. Participants should have a basic knowledge of
Sally’s Favourites: Interesting & Unusual Bush Dances
No Such Thing
Now that you have learned the basics of bush dancing from the earlier FolkLines workshop, dance caller Sally Leslie and the musicians
of No Such Thing will teach you teach you some of her favourite unusual bush dances.
Irish Fiddle Style
Sean Regan (The Rambling Boys)
Born in Manchester Sean took up the fiddle at the age of 13 in a city that was a melting pot of musical cultures. He
moved to Ireland in 2003 and has played for such folk heroes as Sean Keane, Damien Dempsey and Sharon Shannon.
Again – jet lag warning - be gentle!
Workshop levels indiate the level of expertise required by participants.
L = all levels
B = beginners
I = intermediate
A = advanced
Program times listed are correct at time of printing.
Program times may be subject to change and updates will be posted at venues or the Festival Office.