November 8 & 9, 2019

IrishFest Atlanta

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Workshops

Each year IrishFest Atlanta brings world class artists to perform and lead workshops for our community. Read below for full workshop descriptions before registering. Attendees must pre-register for workshops through our registration site or at the registration desk. Complete festival schedule will be released here soon.

Workshop Descriptions

VENUE - ROSWELL HISTORIC COTTAGE

SEAN-NÓS DANCE - 90 minutes

Instructor: Shannon Dunne

Sean-nós dancing, or “old-style” Irish dancing, is an improvised dance style.  This workshop will provide an introduction to the basic movements of this dance style, learning to interpret the music through rhythmic and percussive movement.  Class suitable for all levels, beginner through advanced. Dance partner not required.  

(Maximum class size of 24 dancers)

CÉILI DANCING - 2 hours with breaks

Instructor: Mary Branick Ujda

Dancers of all ages will quickly gain a working knowledge of the basic céilí dance steps as we learn some of the fun progressive dances from the Irish social dance tradition. All experience levels are welcome, dance partner NOT required! Bring comfortable, slip soled shoes. (No taps or hard Irish dance shoes, please.

(Maximum class size of 24 dancers)

IRISH SET DANCING - 2 hours with breaks

Instructor: Shannon Dunne

“Sets” are danced by eight people in a formation similar to that of American square dancing. Each dance may consist of a few figures with a short pause between each. Students will learn or review the valuable foundations for Irish social dancing, specifically Irish sets: how to find the groove of the dance, participate in the figure, and punctuate that groove with moments of battering, using their feet as percussion instruments. Sets to be taught in this workshop include the Connemara, the Caledonian, and others if time permits. Bring comfortable, slip soled shoes. (No taps or hard Irish dance shoes, please).

(Maximum class size of 24 dancers)

VENUE - The Gaslight

BEGINNING IRISH FIDDLE - 90 minutes

Instructor: Patrick Finley

This workshop, taught by Atlanta’s own All-Ireland fiddle champion Patrick Finley, will provide an introduction to playing Irish Fiddle for students with some experience with the violin.  The workshop will teach a few common tunes while discussing bowing and introducing ornamentation and other common features of playing in the Irish style. This workshop is appropriate for teens and adults at the beginner level.

(Maximum class size of 20 players)

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED IRISH FIDDLE - 90 minutes

Instructor: Colin Farrell

This workshop with world-renowned fiddler Colin Farrell will add to your repertoire, and will also focus on how bowing, ornamentation, and variations can enhance your playing.  This workshop is suitable for advanced fiddlers, and for intermediate players comfortable learning at a faster pace.

(Maximum class size of 20 players)

FINDING YOUR STYLE IN IRISH FIDDLING - 90 minutes

Instructor: Andrew Finn Magill

If you’re an Irish musician longing to play for a ceili, then this workshop is for you! Margie, John and John Paul will discuss playing for set dancers. They will explore the different sets and how they vary with regard to the tempo that is expected.  As Margie says “no dancer would put up with a slow Connemara”. Our seasoned ceili dance musicians will also discuss appropriate tune selections and how to prepare a set list prior to playing for a ceili dance, and will share their own set list for a few of the most common sets.

(Maximum class size 20 players)

VENUE - Deep Roots

SONGS AND BALLADS FROM THE IRISH TRADITION - 90 minutes

Instructor: Cathy Jordan

A journey of songs and ballads with legendary Irish singer Cathy Jordan.  This workshop will teach songs from Cathy’s extensive repertoire. As time and interest allow, the workshop will also cover singing in groups, harmonies, arrangements, working with instrumental musicians, and making a song your own.  Singers of all experience levels are welcome, as are instrumentalists with an interest in songs.

(Maximum class size of 20 players)

STORYTELLING AND SONGWRITING - 90 minutes

Instructor: Ashley Davis

International recording artist and song writer Ashley Davis will lead this workshop and teach songs from her repertoire.  The workshop will also include an introduction to and discussion of writing music and telling stories through song. Singers of all experience levels are welcome, as are instrumentalists with an interest in songs.

(Maximum class size 20 players)

VENUE - Crazy Coffee

IRISH SONGS - 90 minutes

Instructor: Olivia Bradley

This workshop, taught by experienced singer and Atlanta’s own Olivia Bradley, will teach songs from the Irish tradition. This workshop is especially appropriate for teen and adult singers new to singing Irish music. All levels welcome.

(Maximum class size of 20 players)

CELTIC HARP - 90 minutes

Instructor: Cormac De Barra

This workshop is for musicians interested in playing Celtic music on the harp. Cormac De Barra is a 3rd generation harper who has toured and performed with many world-renowned musicians. He will teach tunes and topics such as ornamentation, arrangements, and accompanying other musicians.  Students should bring their harp (in tune) and are encouraged to bring a recording device.  

GUITAR ACCOMPANYING IRISH MUSIC - 90 minutes

Instructor: Dave Curley

Dave Curley is one of Ireland’s leading multi-instrumentalists and vocalists.  This workshop will focus on accompanying tunes, including chord selection, right hand rhythmic possibilities, syncopation, working with the melody, and thoughts on how to be creative with chord selections and variations.  Accompanying songs will also be covered. This workshop is suitable for intermediate and advanced level guitarists. In this workshop, Sean will cover the rudiments of DADGAD Guitar and also Bouzouki.

(Maximum class size 20 players)

ACCOMPANYING AND PERFORMING TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC AND SONGS - 90 minutes

Instructor: Mick Broderick

Playing with multiple accompaniment instruments is a common problem facing musicians.  Mick Broderick will outline his unique approach to creating arrangements and playing in sessions. He will share his experience working with Dave Curley in the band Slide, as well as other well-known Irish musicians, and introduce ideas for arranging music and finding space for multiple accompaniment instruments on the same arrangements of songs and tunes. This workshop will be of interest to musicians playing accompaniment instruments (guitar, bouzouki, harp, piano, etc…) as well as to any musicians and singers interested in learning about creating tasteful musical arrangements. 

(Maximum class size 20 players)

IRISH TUNES ON THE FLUTE AND WHISTLE - 90 minutes

Instructor: John Maschinot

Local favorite John Maschinot is back teaching tunes for the flute and whistle.  This workshop will highlight important features of playing Irish music, with an emphasis on learning to play “by ear”, phrasing, rhythms and tune types, and basic ornamentation.  This workshop is suitable for beginner and intermediate musicians who have at least some experience on their instrument.

(Maximum class size 20 players)