Jon O'Connell

Jon O’Connell is a musician who has been active on the Irish music scene for close to fifteen years. From Miltown Malbay, Co.Clare, Jon is still based in this area, where the traditions of Irish music are strong and music sessions are commonplace.

Jon’s first insrument is Double Bass. After two years learning about Sound Engineering at the University of Wales, Jon attended Newpark School of Music in Dublin, studying contemporary music and theory.

Along with Double Bass, Jon also plays Guitar, Mandola, Mandolin and Banjo and is involved with traditional music groups in Clare, including The Ceili Bandits and The Fiddle Case. Playing and singing with these groups, Jon has performed all over the country, including support slots with Stockton’s Wing and Christy Moore. In the last 18 months, Jon has also been gigging and working with acclaimed Loughrea singer-songwriter Ultan Conlon. As a session musician, Jon has worked on many different projects with different people through the years. He contributed Double Bass to Luka Blooms album Tribe and has recorded and gigged with Dublin singer-songwriter Fiach, to name a couple.

Jon also plays electric bass and sings with Irish band The Walls. In the 8 years since joining, the band have had two top 10 records and played many memorable gigs. Highlights include Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions, supporting Bob Dylan and Crowded House, and touring Eastern Europe, Australia and the USA.

Courses Jon O'Connell Teaches:

Popular Irish Pub Songs

Ever wanted to learn some popular Irish songs? Do you have a guitar kicking around the house in need of a strum? If so, Jon's course is just for you! Learn how to accompany some of Irelands best known folk songs using the simplest of chord patterns. Jon discusses various aspects of accompaniment on the guitar: strumming patterns, finger plucking techniques, the use of smooth chord transitions, hammer-ons, walk ups and descending chord patterns. Most of the emphasis is on the guitar accompaniment rather than vocal technique. Songs include Spancil Hill, The Irish Rover, Foggy Dew, The Cliffs of Dooneen, [.. Read More]

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