Sean's trip to Ireland

Sean enrolled in the 2009 TTCT Traditional Music Teachers Course run by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann at their Dublin headquarters. This course focuses on teaching methodology and has been running since 1980. There have been 32 courses run so far and 700 students have graduated and many of these students have come from overseas to participate. Students are selected by audition and must have had at least 3 years teaching experience to qualify. Accomodation and meals were provided and some of the big names in traditional music presented lectures. Steve Cooney, Charlie Lennon, Tomás Ó Canainn and Johnny Connolly all lectured and played their instruments for the students. Sean is the first Australian to have completed the course. There were 6 fiddlers in the 2009 course including Sean and other students played concertina, accordion, uilleann pipes, flute and whistle. This was a one week full time course with classes starting at 10am, finishing in the evening. There was a three hour written exam on the final day. Come and have a look at the photos below.

Upcoming Events

Maldon Kangaroo Hotel Irish Sessions

Dates for 2019
First Sunday of each month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
Come along and join in playing Irish reels and jigs.

Gerald of Wales (Norman propagandist, c.1146-1223) The Irish and their music….
“The only thing to which I find that this people apply a commendable industry is playing upon musical instruments; in which they are incomparably more skilful than any other nation I have ever seen. For their modulation on these instruments, unlike that of the Britons to which I am accustomed, is not slow and harsh, but lively and rapid, while the harmony is both sweet and gay. It is astonishing that in so complex and rapid a movement of the fingers, the musical proportions can be preserved…….. it must be remarked however, that both Scotland and Wales strive to rival Ireland in the art of music……”

Maldon Irish Fiddle Weekend 2019
Book Now! Ph. 0419 210 043 
Dates announced soon.
A weekend of tuition on Irish fiddle playing. 
Fee $120 
Limited places.

Venue: 72 Church Street Maldon VIC 3463
Learn how to play by ear, Irish bowing and ornamentation.
If you like Jigs and Reels, this is for you.
Experience the joy of playing along with other fiddlers.
The weekend will close on Sunday with an Irish session at Maldon's Kangaroo Hotel from 2pm to 4pm. 

"Thanks for the Fiddle Camp. I think the tutors were great and the programme and numbers really good. It was a bit like a fiddle boot-camp in terms of accelerated learning."
Peter Middleton

"I had a great time, learned some great tunes and picked up some good tips."
Dan Simpson

"I had a great time. The main attraction for me was the intensiveness of a full weekend of playing Irish music with like minded people. Was nice to catch up with fellow previous fiddle campers also. Keep up the good work. "
Phil Sell

Fiddle Quotes
"The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought."
Thomas Beecham

"The violin is one of the most beautiful artifacts ever created by man and one of the most elusive to handle. It is this elusiveness that adds to its magic, for unless you become its slave the violin will take its revenge and withold its manifold voices and you will be left holding a lovely piece of musical furniture, offended and inert."
Yehudi Menuhin (1916 - 1999 )

"For over a third of a century I have been waiting, watching, hoping and praying, that God might inspire some Irishman, or association of Irishmen, to collect and publish just such a work as "The Music of Ireland"- the grand old music-the weird, wild and mournful reel tunes that entranced me when a child, a youth, and a man, in the street or barn, at the bonfire or on the hilltop; the music, the never to be forgotten strains that often alternately flame or freeze-that made me when a child, sitting beneath the fiddler's chair, weep with delight or sadness, a condition of mind impossible to describe."
Patrick O'Leary writing to O'Neill about his collection of Irish melodies (1903)

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