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Master thirteen tunes from West Clare on your fiddle! In this course, we’re exploring the repertoire of the great fiddle players from West County Clare and delve into some subtle variations and ornamentation that give your fiddle playing style and character.
Join Therese McInerney as she brings you on a musical tour around the town lands and villages of West Clare. She introduces us to many of the tunes played by the great fiddle players of the area who have endowed upon future generations a rich heritage of music.
Therese hails from Milltown Malbay and has grown up steeped in the music, stories and culture of this area. She has a wealth of local knowledge and is also a highly skilled fiddle player and teacher. When Therese is not playing fiddle, she can be heard presenting a traditional music programme on Clare FM’s Westwind. Check it out online!
The tunes in this course are not difficult tunes, but rather easy and repetitive in nature. Therese breaks them down slowly, phrase by phrase, drawing particular attention to creating simple variations in the tunes through a variety of methods. She covers double stops (chords), ornaments, triplets, the substitution of notes with those of a different tone, and the use of long notes in dance tunes. All these methods bring accentuation to the tune as well as variation.
By the end of this course you will have gained 13 unique West Clare tunes to add to your repertoire. These tunes are well established Irish session tunes and you will also have a deeper understanding of the subtler nuances of Irish music.
The tunes in this course include:
Elisabeth Kelly’s Slip Jig (A Minor)
The Luachrachán’s Jig (D Major)
Sheep in a Boat Jig (E Minor)
Sonny Murray’s Hornpipe (D Mixolydian)
The Crosses of Annagh Reel (D Major)
Miss Galvin’s Choice Hornpipe (D Major)
Mount Phoebus Hunt Set Dance (G Major)
Scully Casey’s Jig (D Mixolydian)
The West Clare Railway Reel (A Minor)
The Galtee Reel (A Dorian)
Tomeen O’Dea’s Reel (G Major)
Hurry the Jug Set Dance (E Minor)
Tune for Tom’ Jig (A Major)
Sample Sheet Music
Sample mp3 of Elizabeth Kelly’s
Detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.