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Are you searching for your very first concertina? If so, you've come to the right place. Buying a concertina can be an intimidating task, especially if you’re new to playing Irish music. The good news is there's a concertina out there for everyone, to suit every budget, and I'm here to help you find it. So, whether you’re looking for a basic beginner model to get you started on your musical journey or a more advanced concertina that will accompany you through every stage, I'm here to help...
While it may seem like somewhat of a contradiction, there's no shortage of great composers within the world of traditional Irish music. It's a tough line to walk, crafting melodies that fit within the confines of the tradition, heralding the old tunes that have come before, while still being new and different enough to excite the listener and player. I've already shared with you some of my favourite tunes by the great Irish-American fiddle player, Liz Caroll. Today I thought it was high time ...
Irish music is a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation, shared amongst friends and strangers alike, their love of the music uniting them in one singular purpose to preserve this rich musical heritage. Musical families however were once the primary source of musical transmission, passing on the music through unbroken traditions of music making. It's long been a common misconception that to be an exceptional traditional Irish musician you must come from one of these...
Irish music accompaniment is, in my humble opinion an undervalued skill. It can make or break a music ensemble. A good accompanist will enhance the playing of others, adding to the musicality of the performance, while a bad accompanist... Well, I'm sure we've all encountered one at one stage or another. The overly loud bodhrán player. The four chord guitar wonder. The clueless keys player. These are just a few of the characters you don't want to end up sitting beside at an Irish music session...
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