Billy Mag Fhlionn

Billy Mag Fhloinn was born and raised in a musical family in Limerick City. He began playing traditional music in 1996, beginning on the bodhrán. He then progressed onto the bouzouki, after a chance find of an old Greek model in a music shop in Limerick. He learned much of his playing from musicians Mick Broderick and Tony Davoren when living in Dublin, and gained great experience playing the wild dance music of west Kerry when living on the DIngle Peninsula. He has recorded on several albums as an accompanist, and has shared the stage with a variety of performers, including Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Gerry O'Beirne, Éamon Doorley, Donal Clancy and Ross Martin. When not playing music, he lectures in Irish Studies at University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College.


Courses Billy Mag Fhlionn Teaches:

Bouzouki Basics

The aim of this course is to learn how to accompany Irish music on the bouzouki.   Chords and chord structures, strumming patterns and fingerpicking, counter melody and rhythm will all be examined throughout the course of the twelve lessons. Students will become familiar with the ideaology behind traditional Irish music accompaniment: the role of the accompanist in duo or group playing and good session etiquette. Emphasis will be mainly on accompaniment, however counter melody will form an important part of the program. Students who complete this course will have a firm grounding in accompanying Irish music on the bouzouki. [.. Read More]

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Bouzouki Basics #2

This course is a continuation of Billy's previous series of lessons: 'Bouzouki Accompaniment'.  Billy continues his study on how to accompany Irish music on the bouzouki.  He uses five tunes to demonstrate how to incorporate the  techniques previously covered into actual tune accompaniment. These include:  the use of appropriate chord structures, strumming patterns, fingerpicking, counter melody and rhythm.  By the end of this course of five lessons, the bouzouki student will have a firm grounding in accompanying Irish music on the bouzouki. [.. Read More]

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