Brian Fleming

Brian Fleming plays percussion from around the world, specialising in the traditional Irish percussion instruments the bodhrán and bones and West African percussion. He has recorded on some 30 albums, produced 3, played on several soundtracks for film and tv. He has played with many of the best known innovators in Irish music and dance, including Davy Spillane, Emer Mayock (Afro Celts), Anuna, Michael Flatley, Cormac Breathnach, De jimbe and Kila. He has taught bodhrán and percussion in schools, music schools, universities and festivals all over Ireland, including UCD, UCC, TCD and Waltons School of Music and abroad, in the US, Singapore and Cuba. He has also played in every country in Western Europe, and Scandinavia, in Lithuania, Slovakia, the US, Japan, India, Thailand, Senegal, Gambia and at the World Drum Festival, Seoul (2000, 1, 2, 4) and at the Opening Ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2002 in Korea. He is credited in the Guinness Book of World Records 2001 as one of the designers of the Millennium Drum, the worlds largest drum, built for the millennium Drum Carnival , which he directed. He is co director with Robbie Harris of the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm.

Courses Brian Fleming Teaches:

Bodhrán Basics

This course is designed to equip the beginner with all the rudiments necessary to tastefully accompany traditional Irish music. The tutor will patiently guide you from holding the stick and the drum, and learning the basic stroke, right through to sophisticated patterns on the drum, step by step. The emphasis in this course is on technique. The tutor equips you with the rudiments you will need to develop your own style of playing. You will also learn fail proof techniques to differentiate between reels and jigs and how to follow the structure of a set of tunes in your playing. [.. Read More]

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