2019 Adult Workshops

Saturday - Sunday

**Online workshop registration is now closed, but walk-ins are welcome! Just stop by the registration desk starting at 1:30 pm, June 14th**

Package discount

Register for 5 or more workshops, lectures or interviews and receive 15% off! Just enter code MIM5+ at checkout when registering online. Valid through June 7th

Saturday Workshops Include: 

Time Instructor Workshop Title Instrument Level Description
9:30-10:50 Randal Bays Irish Fiddling 1 - Making the leap from playing the notes to making music* Fiddle int-adv Many fiddle players know a great deal about Irish music, but are you interested in playing up to speed, or with the fluidity that the music requires? Randal will help you focus on making that leap, from playing the notes to making the music sing.
9:30-10:50 Anna Friel Traditional Songs in English & Irish Song int - adv Join singer and flute player Anna Friel and learn traditional songs from her family and connections from the Donegal region of Ireland.
9:30- 10:50 Christian Stevens Accordion Tunes & Technique Part 1* Accordion int-adv Join accordion & concertina player from Press Gang, Christian Stevens, to learn new tunes and techniques on the accordion. B/C and C#/D players are welcome. Registration in both workshops is encouraged.
9:30-10:50 Seán Gavin Irish Flute with Seán Gavin Part 1* Flute int-adv Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from Séan Gavin and tap into his deep knowledge of the old recordings and players, and the techniques they used to drive the tunes on flute. Séan has honed his workshop teaching skills at Irish music camps such as Cascadia, Catskills and the O'Flaherty retreat.
10:50-11:10 Break
11:10-12:30 Randal Bays Irish Fiddling 2 - Muscle Memory & Learning through Listening*

Fiddle

int - adv Musicians are “athletes of the small muscles”. In this workshop, Randal will delve into strategies for training your muscles to work in the service of the music. Attendance at both of Randal's fiddle workshops is recommended.
11:10-12:30 Danielle Enblom Understanding Reels Through Dance

Dance

beg "Through movement we can find connection, meaning, healing, and pure joy..." and we can learn a lot about the rhythmic roots of the dance music that we all love to play. Step dancer and fiddler Danielle Enblom will get you up on your feet, play lots of recordings of reels, and give participants basic reel steps to try. You’ll leave this workshop with new perspectives on the ways musicians and dancers interact and interpret music together.
11:10-12:30 Christian Stevens Accordion Tunes & Technique Part 2* Accordion

int-adv

Join accordion & concertina player from Press Gang, Christian Stevens, to learn some new tunes and techniques on the accordion. B/C and C#/D players are welcome. Registration in both workshops is encouraged.
11:10-12:30 Brian Miller Guitar/Bouzouki Irish Session Accompaniment - Tricks and Tips Guitar / Bouzouki

int-adv

Brian Miller's playing lifts up a session. Join him at this workshop for useful tricks and tips for how to be the accompanist that everyone looks forward to playing with at the session!
11:10-12:30 Seán Gavin Irish Flute with Seán Gavin Part 2* Flute int-adv Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from Seán Gavin and tap into his deep knowledge of the old recordings and players, and the techniques they used to drive the tunes on flute. Séan has honed his workshop teaching skills at Irish music camps such as Cascadia, Catskills and the O'Flaherty retreat.
12:30- 1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:50 Pauline Conneely Irish Tenor Banjo & Mandolin Part 1* Banjo / Mandolin int - adv Pauline Conneely was born in Bedford, England to parents from Connemara and Longford, raised in a family steeped in Irish music, dance and culture. In this workshop, you’ll learn some great tunes and techniques on the banjo, and hear a few stories while you’re at it!
1:30-2:50 Anna Friel Irish Flute Tunes & Technique with Anna Friel Flute int-adv Don't miss this opportunity to learn some tunes and flute techniques from flute player and singer, Anna Friel. Anna's strong, muscly style of flute playing will inspire great rhythm and style!
1:30-2:50 Danielle Enblom Understanding Jigs Through Dance Dance int-adv "Through movement we can find connection, meaning, healing, and pure joy..." and we can learn a lot about the rhythmic roots of the dance music that we all love to play. Step dancer and fiddler Danielle Enblom will get you up on your feet, play lots of recordings of jigs, and give participants basic reel steps to try. You’ll leave this workshop with new perspectives on the ways musicians and dancers interact and interpret music together.
1:30-2:50 Sheila Friel Uilleann Pipes Tunes & Technique Pipes int-adv

Born in Glasgow with family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht, we are delighted to have Sheila Friel teaching uilleann pipes at MIM. (see presentation on Tarlach Mac Suibhne in the next period and Sunday for another pipes workshop).

1:30-2:50

Brian Miller Learn a Melody-Driven Song Accompaniment Guitar / Bouzouki int-adv Suitable for guitar, bouzouki or mandolin players, Brian will lead you through the process of learning a song accompaniment with interlocking melody lines in the style of Andy Irvine, Dervish, the Murphy Beds etc. Get together with Dáithí's class in final 15 minutes to sing & play together.

1:30-2:50

Dáithí Sproule Singing Traditional Songs with Accompaniment Song int-adv Dáithí Sproule has an incredible store of traditional songs in Irish and English. In this workshop, meet Dáithí, and learn some songs from his repertoire. Workshop participants will meet up with Brian's accompaniment workshop in the final 15 minutes to sing & play together!
2:50- 3:10 Break
3:10-4:30 Pauline Conneely Irish Tenor Banjo & Mandolin Part 2* Banjo / Mandolin int-adv Pauline Conneely was born in Bedford, England to parents from Connemara and Longford, and raised in a family steeped in Irish music, dance and culture. In this workshop, you’ll learn some great tunes and techniques on the banjo, and hear a few stories while you’re at it!
3:10-4:30 Sheila Friel The Fairy Piper from Donegal - An Píobaire Mór
Lecture all are welcome An insight into the complicated character Tarlach Mac Suibhne (1831-1916), "The Donegal Piper" and his travels through Ireland, Chicago and Ireland with a focus on his deep rooted beliefs in fairy folklore.

Sunday Workshops Include:

Time Instructor Workshop Title Instrument Description
11:10-12:30 Clare Friel Irish Fiddle tunes & technique - Part 1* Fiddle int-adv Join TG4 Young Musician of the Year, Clare Friel and learn some Donegal-inspired fiddle tunes and technique.
11:10-12:30 Sheila Friel Irish Traditional Songs Song int-adv Join singer and uilleann piper Sheila Friel and learn traditional songs from her family and connections from the Donegal region of Ireland.
11:10-12:30 Anna Friel Tunes, with Anna Friel Melody Instruments int-adv Calling all Irish melody instruments! Meet flute, whistle player and singer Anna Friel and learn some tunes from this amazing trad musician from Glasgow.
11:10-12:30 Christian Stevens Concertina Tunes & Technique Concertina int-adv Christian Stevens is an excellent accordion and concertina player and teacher based in Portland, Maine. Come meet him, and glean some tunes and techniques from his great store of repertoire.
12:30- 1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:50 Clare Friel Irish Fiddle Tunes & Technique - Part 2*

Fiddle

int-adv Join TG4 Young Musician of the Year, Clare Friel and learn some Donegal-inspired fiddle tunes and technique.
1:30-2:50 Brian Miller From Arranmore to Beaver Island: Music from the Donegal Irish Immigrant Community of Michigan Lecture all are welcome Isolated in the chilly waters of northern Lake Michigan, Beaver Island was settled in the 1860s by Irish immigrant families from Arranmore Island, County Donegal, Ireland. Brian will play archival recordings from the 1930s and tell the fascinating stories of singers and fiddle players who kept traditional music alive in this unique Great Lakes enclave of Irish culture.
1:30-2:50 Sheila Friel Tin Whistle Tunes & Technique with Sheila Friel Tin Whistle int-adv Many know Sheila Friel as a piper, but she is also an excellent whistle and flute player! Come to this workshop to learn some tunes and technique from her whistle repertoire, and learn a few new ornaments while you're at it.
1:30-2:50 Christian Stevens Tunes with Christian Stevens Melody Instruments int-adv Calling all Irish melody instruments! Come meet accordion and concertina player, Christian Stevens, learn some of his tunes and stories. All tunes workshops are for musicians who are used to learning by ear.
2:50- 3:10 Break
3:10-4:30 Sheila Friel Uilleann Piping Tunes & Technique Uilleann Pipes int-adv Born in Glasgow with family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht, we are delighted to have Sheila Friel teaching uilleann pipes at MIM.
3:10-4:30 Randal Bays with Dáithí Sproule 40 years a fiddling. Why the Hell am I Still Doing This? Interview all are welcome Randal Bays is a massively influential performer and teacher in the Pacific Northwestern Irish scene. Join us for a conversation with Dáithí Sproule (of Altan fame), to hear Randal’s story of being drawn to engage deeply with Irish music and culture.
3:10-4:30 Anna Friel Irish Flute Tunes & Technique with Anna Friel Flute int-adv Don't miss this opportunity to learn some tunes and flute techniques from flute player and singer, Anna Friel. Anna's strong, muscly style of flute playing will inspire great rhythm and style! Join her for her Saturday flute workshop as well.
3:10-4:30 Pauline Conneely Irish Tunes with Pauline Conneely Melody Instruments int-adv Calling Irish melody instruments! Come meet Pauline Conneely and learn some new tunes and hear what she thinks makes great music. All tunes workshops are for musicians who are used to learning by ear.

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*An asterisk indicates that this is one part of a two-part workshop.  We recommend going to both, but it is not required.

LECTURES and INTERVIEWS are open to all Irish music and history enthusiasts! You don't need to bring an instrument to these.

TUNES workshops are a wonderful way to meet our visiting artists and learn about their music. These workshops are open to all classic Irish melody instruments (accordion, concertina, flute, whistle, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harp etc). Due to the nature of these workshops and space limitations, workshops are not open to viola, cello, bass, guitar, bouzouki, piano or other similarly "crossover" instruments for Irish melodies. Tunes will be taught by ear.

Bring your recording devices to all workshops!!