Mikie Smyth

Mikie Smyth began playing the pipes at the age of nine. His first teachers were Colm De Brun and Andy Conroy in the Pipers Club in Henrietta Street Dublin. As a teacher Mikie has worked for many piping organizations and traditional summer schools, including the Willie Clancy and Joe Mooney summer schools. He is currently the pipes tutor at the IWAMD in the University of Limerick where he teaches on both the BA and MA˰programmes. Mikie has performed both as a soloist and with shows (Riverdance and Ragus) in over 5 countries. Mikie has recorded a solo album The Wild Keys֊and has also recorded with Donalˌ Lunny, Maurice Lennon, and Sean Keane to mention a few.

Courses Mikie Smyth Teaches:

Expert Whistle Skills #3

This course is an abundant study of technique, packed with bounces, cranns, rolls, double rolls, trills, backward stitches, open backward stitches, backward rolls and triplets! It is not only for the whistler but is relevant to the flautist and the piper too. Throughout the series of nine lessons, Mikie largely focuses on the repertoire of Seamus Ennis, the great Irish piper, singer and folk collector (1919-1982). The beauty of Mikie's classes is that they are relevant for ANY level of playing. He teaches the bare melody of each tune slowly, phrase by phrase before giving a lesson on advanced technique [.. Read More]

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Uilleann Pipes Technique

Over the course of twelve lessons, four tunes will be examined in detail. The first lesson in each set of three will introduce the tune with basic technique; this will be followed by a lesson looking at tune specific technique and variation; a basic approach to regulator and drone playing will then be given. The classes are not designed to increase repertoire but rather to focus on technical aspects of piping. Please note that the third lesson in each case study will also include some chanter exercises for those without drones and regulators. [.. Read More]

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