Adult Song & Cultural Classes



FairPlé Fiddlers Circle
Join Mary Vanorny and a supportive, fun circle of women who are learning to play the Irish fiddle. Mary will lead the group in a weekly session with some instruction, teaching a new (easy) tune each week, and enlightening participants with inspiring trad recordings and technical tips. Private lessons in addition to this are encouraged, but not required.

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18 - &up Vanorny 6/10 - 7/29 Mo 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM $112.00 View

Irish Myths and Legends

Irish mythology is rich and deep -- the stories have a timeless appeal full of adventure, intrigue and otherworld magic.  Daithi and the class will read translations of the oldest versions of some of the myths, filling in the background from Dáithí's studies of Celtic culture, and encouraging conversation and discussion about what the stories may mean to us.

 

Spring: In this semester, Dáithí and the class will look at several stories relating to Finn mac Cumaill (MacCool) and the legendary kings of Ireland, choosing myths and legends that haven’t been dealt with in previous classes. The myths and legends of early Ireland are always intriguing, mysterious and occasionally shocking, and provide plenty of fun material for discussion and contemplation.

 

Summer: We are lucky enough to have an abundance of old stories preserved in manuscripts dealing with Otherworld creatures and legendary kings, queens and heroes. In this class Dáithí and students will be reading translations of the old myths and legends — these always give rise to fascinating and entertaining conversations, often with lessons for the present. This class will be dealing with stories not covered in previous sessions.



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18 - &up Sproule 7/15 - 8/19 Mo 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM $80.00 View

Irish Pub Songs

Pub songs are raucous, tuneful, and above all, fun! But like the most intricate reel, you need skill and a concentrated approach to play and sing them well. Todd will teach the vocal techniques and rhythmic strategies needed to help you stand and deliver these wonderful ballads and drinking songs. All instruments encouraged, though not required.



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18 - &up Menton 1/29 - 5/28 Tu 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM $256.00 View
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18 - &up Menton 7/9 - 8/13 Tu 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM $96.00 View

The Irish Folk Boom of the 60s
The 60s were an amazing era for growth in Irish music, with the development of new ways of presenting and arranging the music and the incredible popularity of folk and traditional music among the general public — everybody knew and sang the songs. Dáithí is looking forward to walking down memory lane and playing and teaching some of the music from the time and telling the story of the folk clubs and folk and traditional acts of the era (some now little known or forgotten in America), an era that laid the foundations for everything that has come since.



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18 - &up Sproule 6/10 - 6/24 Mo 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM $48.00 View

The Songs of Paddy Tunney
In these classes Dáithí will be choosing songs from the recorded repertoire of Paddy Tunney (1921-2002), a singer with roots in Donegal and Fermanagh. He was renowned for his wide repertoire and his fine and distinctive style of singing, inspired by his mother Brigid, herself one of the great source singers. Paddy was very influential both with his own singing, teaching and adjudicating and also as a well of the tradition, much drawn on by well-known bands and solo artists for their material. Lots of great songs!

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18 - &up Sproule 6/20 - 8/22 Th 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM $96.00 View