Lesson 3 of the Online Irish Tunes Class is up!

In this week’s video I am teaching a jig called The Pipe on the Hob. There are at least two jigs of this name, both totally different, and I regard this as the lesser known of the two. The version is very close to that played by the great fiddle player from Co. Clare, Paddy Canny.

You can find Lesson 3 here.

Apologies for the slow appearance of this week’s lesson, this was entirely caused by internet issues. I am hopeful the lesson will go up on time on Tuesday evening (UK time) next week. Fingers crossed the internet behaves!

If you want to know more about our Online Irish Tunes class, or learn the tunes in Lessons 1 and 2, please visit the introduction page at the Lancaster Irish Tunes Class and Slow Session website.

Happy playing! x

Online Irish Tunes Class – Lesson 3 is on the way!

Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that lesson 3 of the Online Irish Tunes class will be posted either late tonight or early tomorrow morning (UK time), depending on how long it takes to upload the latest video to Vimeo. Keep an eye on our blog or Facebook page for notifications.

If you want to know more about our Online Irish Tunes class, or learn the tunes in Lessons 1 and 2, please visit the introduction page at the Lancaster Irish Tunes Class and Slow Session website.

Happy playing! x

Online Irish Tunes Class – Lesson 2 is now available!

Our Lancaster Irish tunes class has gone online, and I am happy to announce that lesson 2 in the series has just been posted!

This week I am teaching the slightly lesser-known of the two common reels known by the name of ‘Travers’ Reels’ –Travers’ No. 2.

The lesson comprises a tuition video and a PDF of the written music. Donations to enable me to continue producing these videos are welcome at the link, though not compulsory.

You can find the class here. Happy learning!

ANNOUNCEMENT! The Irish Tunes Class has gone digital!

Due to the coronavirus, our Irish tunes class can’t meet at the moment. So as a substitute I am making a series of online videos, where I teach Irish tunes just like I would in our class, so everyone can keep learning and practicing tunes.

You can find full information at this new page on our website: Online Irish Music Class, and here is an introductory video where I talk about the project:

I will post a tutorial video every week – starting on 23rd March –  along with written music, both of which will feature a new Irish tune for everyone to learn. All I ask is, if you like my videos and can afford it, that you will consider putting something in my Paypal tip jar as you learn each tune. That would really help me out at this difficult time, when all my gigs, workshops and face-to-face teaching has been cancelled.

Feel free to share this with all of your musician friends – now we are online, distance is no object!

I wish everyone well. We’ll get through this by the power of music x

URGENT: Class Cancelled (Covid-19 outbreak)

no musicHello all, this is a decision I really didn’t want to make, but our class today/Paddy’s Day event is cancelled, as well as all classes going forward until the coronavirus crisis is past.

My decision has been led by some of our members who have decided to limit their social interactions, as well as my own thoughts about sensible actions that people should be taking to look after themselves and each other at this difficult time. Needless to say, having a buffet lunch did not pass my risk assessment!

I have notified Rob at the Robert Gillow that we will not be meeting there for the foreseeable future, but that we hope to come back once things settle down.

Meanwhile, I will be making further announcements here about a project I am putting together to keep us all making music and learning tunes. This will be happening online, using YouTube videos and also my patent (no-more-deliberate-mistakes) cheat sheets/music notation. More on which to follow.

I wish you all the best. Keep well, stay safe, and carry on playing – don’t let that old ‘failing wind’ stop you!

Bev x

Irish Tunes Class and Slow Session today! Monday 2nd March 2020

FB_IMG_1582925939354I’m back from my Swiss adventure with my band Absolutely Legless, and have returned to find that Spring is in the air (along with a whole lot of unfailing wind!). So we’re back to business as usual, and will be meeting today in the Robert Gillow in Lancaster for our weekly Irish tunes class and slow session.

PLEASE NOTE: The pub opens at 2.00 pm, so if you get there a bit early don’t worry, the doors should open at 2.00 on the dot and our class will start at 2.15.

All are welcome to join us, whether you’ve attended before or not.

The cost to take part is £5.00 per participant. This week is the first class of the month, so we’re doing a recap of a jig previously learned in the early days of our session: The Kilmovee Jig. In fact, I believe it was the first tune I ever taught in the class.

You will recap/learn the tune between 2.15 – 3.15. Following this we will play tunes together at a slow and steady pace in our session between 3.15 – 4.15. Come prepared to play your own favourite tunes, and we will be happy to join in as long as we know it!

My usual general notes for the benefit of new members: teaching is nominally ‘by ear’, but there are resources available at the class to support this, including ABC and sheet music. I will also play the tune we are learning slowly for you at the class, to record on your phone or other recording device so you can practice along to it afterwards.

Our class and session is free for listeners, who are more than welcome to come along, have a pint of real ale or a cup of the Gillow’s lovely coffee, and enjoy the music.

I hope to see you there!

FOLKUS RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOP WEEKEND

I promised at our last class to circulate info about the forthcoming workshop weekend at Waddow Hall in Clitheroe, where I will be one of a number of tutors teaching different instruments (in my case tin whistle, though if you turn up with a flute I can accommodate that as well). It’s a really fun event, in a nice place and full of nice people, and it would be lovely to see some of you there!

Here a link to the event on Facebook, where you will also find details of how to book your place.

 

Session and class are ON: Monday 17th February 2020

barley-4304732_1280Hello everyone! Following the disruption caused by Storm Ciara last week, I am glad to tell you that all is back to normal this coming Monday. We’ll be meeting as usual in the Robert Gillow in Lancaster for our weekly Irish tunes class and slow session from 2.15 – 4.15 pm.

PLEASE NOTE: The pub does not open until 2.00 pm, so if you get there a bit early don’t worry, the doors should open at 2.00 on the dot!

All are welcome to join us, whether you’ve been to the class before or not.

The cost to take part is £5.00 per participant. You will learn a tune between 2.15 – 3.15 (this week we’re learning a well known traditional reel, The Wind that Shakes the Barley). Following this we will play tunes together at a slow and steady pace in our session between 3.15 – 4.15. Come prepared to play your own favourite tunes, and we will be happy to join in as long as we know it!

Some general notes for the benefit of new members: teaching is ‘by ear’, but there are resources available at the class to support this: I will supply combined written notation and ABC, which matches the version of tunes taught in class. I will also play the tune we are learning slowly for you at the class, to record on your phone or other recording device so you can practice along to it afterwards.

Our class and session is free for listeners, who are more than welcome to come along, have a pint of real ale or a cup of the Gillow’s lovely coffee, and enjoy the music.

I hope to see you there!