Majella Bartley: Biography
All Ireland champion flute player, Majella Bartley, hails from Corcaghan in Co. Monaghan. She is a respected flute and fiddle teacher, tutoring at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance as well as at national and international summer schools and workshops such as Scoil Eigse, Fiddle Festival of Wales, Kilkenny Celtic Festival and the British and North American Convention of Comhaltas. She holds the TTCT traditional music teaching diploma awarded by Comhaltas and is now a tutor and lecturer on this course. She is also a qualified adjudicator and has adjudicated many competitions including the all-Ireland fleadh. She has toured with Comhaltas in Britain and Ireland in 1995 and 1997 respectively and has traveled America, Germany, France, Cyprus, Finland and Belgium playing and teaching at various festivals and events. Majella is the musical director and founder of the Munster based youth group Ceoltoiri na Sionainne and is currently the National Registrar for Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. Majella holds a Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick.
This course is for the absolute beginner fiddler. It will begin with how to hold the instrument, proper posture and good basic technique. There will be progression through fingering, bowing, tunes and ornamentation.
Fleadh Tunes for the Fiddle
This course is geared at not only the Fleadh competitor, but also any fiddle player who wants to learn tunes best suited to the fiddle. It will begin with simple dance tunes and slow airs.
Fleadh Tunes for the Flute
This course will feature dance tunes and slow airs that are suitable for competition playing. With regard to dance tunes there will be a progression through ornamentation, variation, phrasing, articulation, tempo, rhythm..