If you have been playing traditional Irish music for 18 months to 2 years, it is quite common to find that your progress has stalled. You can play plenty of tunes but perhaps your technique or even your instrument is holding you back and you find your interest waning.
How do you kick on to the next stage?
There are plenty of things you can do.
- Join a class & work on playing with other people.
- Attend as many sessions as you can & record tunes you like & try find their name to learn them.
- You need to start listening to plenty of music, in particular musicians playing your instrument. The Spotify app has tons of trade music.
- Your class will only get you so far. The social aspect of playing music is very important, especially to make new musician friends. Another aspect that is often overlooked is that you will get a chance to play other makes of your instrument. If you are thinking of upgrading, you can figure out what brand you like, or in my case, what brands I didn’t like. But that is always a matter of personal taste. (Sometimes you just prefer that banjo that suits you & happens to be cheaper).
- It is good to get some one-on-one lessons with a tutor who can focus on your technique, posture & ornamentation.
- Attend classes at Traditional Music Festival. There are many of them here in Ireland. Here in Tullamore, we have the Tullamore Tradfest in April which is great fun http://www.tullamoretradfest.com
- These classes are great for making friends from other places, swapping instruments & playing music together.
- http://www.irishmusicmagazine.com/lists/festivals has a very comprehensive list.
- Willie Clancy is the biggest one of them all. Hundreds attend them in Milltownmalbay in Co. Clare with world class tutors.
- I have attended The Joe Mooney Summer School in Drumshanbo in Co. Leitrim which is great fun. ( The class sizes are big though).
- I have attended The O’Carolan Harp Festival in Keadue, Co. Roscommon twice. The classes are smaller than Drumshanbo & more intimate. I meet some buddies here every year.
- You will get a huge amount of tips, tunes & info that will keep you occupied over the winter.
- Finally, you need to practice. 20 productive minutes each night are far more beneficial than one hour a week.
- Enjoy your music.
Adrian Reynolds Feb 2020
Classes are for 12 weeks.
€60 for child 1. €60 for child 2. €30 for child 3. Child 4 etc: free. Adults are welcome. Children should be in first class upwards in school.
Instruments may be rented for €20 a term if available. If after a few months, the student is serious about the instrument, then they can buy their own & return the rental.
Venue is our Teach Cheoil on Offaly Street on Mondays 6.30-pm OR Killeigh NS on Wednesdays 7-8pm. Email us at email@example.com or call Adrian (after 4pm) 087 2907907.
The Leinster Council met in early December to vote on their nomination for the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil 2020. Unfortunately for #Tullamore, we were unsuccessful. Congratulations to Mullingar who were chosen. A huge thank you to our activists who travelled across the province, attending AGMs and who took part on the day the delegates visited Tullamore to view the venues. Sincere thanks to Offaly County Council for their valuable support also.
Killeigh Comhaltas welcomed the Leinster delegates today as part of our bid to bring Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2020 to Tullamore. We had a very successful morning and the bid received great support from our Offaly branches, Offaly County Council, Tullamore Chamber of Commerce, Tullamore Rotary, Tullamore D.E.W visitor centre & to The Tullamore Court Hotel for their hospitality. Comhairle Laighean will make their decision on their nomination in December.
Celebrating 50 years of Killeigh CCÉ, we are hosting the #JOHNBRADYWEEKEND.
Workshop on Sat Oct 20th in Killeigh NS with world class performers & tutors;
Adrian Brady, Angelina Carberry, Dan Brouder, Noelle Bowe, Samantha Harvey, Sarah Jane Woods, Alan Finn.
Saturday night, we are recording a show for RTE Radio Ceili House also in Killeigh NS. Everyone welcome to that!
Then ON SUNDAY is a ceili with 3 times All Ireland Champions The Shandrum Céilí Band in #Tullamore. Book your spot now! email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept 21 2018 was Culture Night & Killeigh Comhaltas played in Chocolate Brown and then Galvins for Men as part of our “Pop Up Trad” events to bring trad music to the streets of Tullamore. We had a super time & thanks to the staff in both venues who gave us a great welcome.
We also entertained some foreign dignitaries who were in #Tullamore for the #EntenteFloral awards ceremonies. We had 12 musicians & a dancer and we were delighted with the welcome we received. On Saturday, we entertained the visitors in the Acres Hall courtyard. It was great fun & we got to sample delicacies from Slovenia & schnapps from Austria.
#culturenightoffaly #ententeflorale #popuptrad
On Thursday August 23rd, Killeigh Comhaltas were invited to perform on the main stage in the RDS at the World Meeting of Families. Pictured below are the singers, dancers & musicians who took part. You can see our performance here:
Best of luck to Roisin & Clare-Ann who will be representing Killeigh Comhaltas in Drogheda at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2018. We’re very proud of you!
On Friday February 16th & 17th, we welcome our friends from Milltown Comhaltas in Cork for a weekend of tunes. Join us in the Foresters Hall, Church St, Tullamore on the 16th & 17th from 9pm for a free evening of entertainment.