April 6, 2024 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intermediate/Advanced Harp Workshops
The intermediate and advanced workshops will be facilitated by harpists Grainne Hambly and Fionnuala Rooney. Minimum 2 years playing experience is required. Student standards will be assess accordingly at registration and they will be assigned a class. Registration is from 9:30am at Nuala’s Bar & Restaurant. The workshops will take place from 10:00am to 12:00noon.
New: Beginner Harp Workshop
The beginner workshop will be facilitated by harpist Fiana Ni Chonaill. Participants must have their own instrument to take part in this workshop. Registration is from 9:30am at Nuala’s Bar & Restaurant. The workshops will take place from 10:00am to 12:00noon.
Fiddle & Concertina Workshops
These workshops will be run by tutors Manus McGuire & Cillian King. They are aimed at students who have a minimum of 2 years playing experience. Registration is from 9:30am at Nuala’s Bar & Restaurant. The workshops will take place from 10:00am-12:00noon.
The location of the workshops are as follows:
Beginner Harp : St. Cronins
Intermediate Harp: Parish House
Advanced Harp: Parish House
Fiddle: Áras Bhriain Bhórú
Concertina: Áras Bhriain Bhórú
Have you invested a lot of time practicing your music repertoire and technique yet feel you efforts are not reflected in your playing and enjoyment of your music? Do you ever feel anxious or tense while playing? Do you play ok at home alone and struggle while playing in public? These are just some of the questions that will be discussed at the ‘Minding Your Music workshop on Sunday 15th May, 2022.
Having experienced many of the above struggles herself during her musical journey, in 2010 Cli began to research ways that could improve her own musical experience. In 2018 Cli completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy through music. This body of research looked specifically at how we can enhance our connection to/and music expression thereby elevating our enjoyment and performance experience.
Playing our music at its best does not just involve good technical practice routines, it also involves developing good mind practices. We invest endless hours learning repertoire, technical skills and physical practice with our music, yet the development of a healthy mindset to support our musical progress is often not looked at.
This workshop is suited to adults (16+) only who have been playing music for a significant length of time, whether amateur or semi-professional. Over the two hour workshop we will blast through some written exercises that will establish our current practice routines and self perceptions of ourselves as musicians. We will also engage with some practical exercises with your instrument. The process will require diving deep into any areas of negative beliefs about the ‘sound’ of your music as well as any habits that may be affecting your progress. Once identified, this workshop aims to provide positive practical tools that you can incorporate into your physical practice moving forward with new targets and goals set in motion.
Our music is an extension of ourselves. To connect and express it at its best requires a healthy, focused mind/body practice.
Requirements: Your instrument, note pad, pen/pencils.
Niamh will cover two tunes in this workshop: “Spórt” by Peadar O’ Riada, and the contemporary piece “Song of the Sea” by Lisa Hannigan which featured in the Irish animated movie of the same name. In teaching these two tunes she will explore approaches to arrangement and provide tools which allow any harp player to arrange pieces themselves at home.
This workshop will be facilitated by harpers Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Catriona McKay. Minimum 2 years playing experience is required. Registration will take place at 9:30am at Nuala’s Bar & Restaurant
Two workshops will be facilitated by harpists Janet Harbison and Michelle Mulcahy. The workshops will take place from 11:00am to 1:00pm (13:00). The tutors will record the lessons and you will have access to it for two days after the festival. This is a unique opportunity to learn from these highly acclaimed harpists.