County Clare, home to OAIM, is renowned for it’s tradition of concertina playing. At one stage in the mid 1900’s, it was said that ‘almost every house [in Co. Clare] had a concertina’. (Tony Engle: Topic Records). Generations of players inspired later generations, who evolved and advanced the technical abilities of both players and the instruments.
Two of our concertina tutors are from Co. Clare: Edel Fox and Liam O’Brien. Both are revered exponents of traditional Irish concertina playing. We have another two courses for more advanced players taught by Ernestine Healy from Mayo, and Edel Fox. These courses delve into specific techniques and familiarity with the lesser used buttons on the instrument.
All of our tutors are Irish music professionals carefully selected for individual mastery in their instruments and proven ability in teaching their craft. All our courses follow the traditional way of learning Irish music, using the ‘phrase by phrase’ technique for teaching tunes while watching the tutor to learn good technique. Using this time-honoured, proven system of Irish musical tuition, combined with the latest technology (Virtual Reality anyone?!), we bring Irish music tuition to you, wherever you are in the world.