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Finger Pickin’ Blues Guitar

Chris O’Connor


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.

9:15am Brolga

Wake Up Dancing

Fran Robertson


Tone up your body and tune in your mind. Warm up with irresistible rhythms then still your mind and stretch with serene soul music.

10:00am Narira


Beth Patterson


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.

10:30am Brolga

Appalachian Clogging

Little Rabbit


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.

11:00am Yuin

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.

11:00am Narira

Clawhammer Banjo

Den Hanrahan


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.

11:45am Brolga

English Traditional Dance: Morris, Rapper & Long Sword

Kirsty Bromley


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!

1:00pm Narira

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.

1:00pm Brolga

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.

2:00pm Narira

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.

2:15pm Brolga

Tangos is Nothing Like a Tango

Ruido Flamenco


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.

3:00pm Narira

Tin Whistle Dynamics

Whistler’s Sister


Learn a new tune (on a D whistle) and discover how to make the tune your own. Participants should have a basic knowledge of

whistle playing.

3:30pm Brolga

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.

4:00pm Narira

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.