Studio Update - Saturday String Lab 🍀

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | Update

Hi Fiddle Students and Families!

As we make our way toward the middle of March, I wanted to share a couple events that are happening this weekend in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day next week. As you know I'm quite keen on playing jigs and reels and get excited when students are able to learn some themselves. I encourage students to participate as much as they like.

Studio String Lab: Jigs and Reels - Saturday at 10 am

This coming Saturday, March 13, I will be hosting a String Lab for any and all students and friends online. This will be a virtual jam session. In the spirit of St. Paddy's Day, I will share and some irish-inspired tunes. All levels are invited to join. For beginners, I will teach simple versions of the first few tunes then after they can sit back and listen (or dance along) . Feel free to come and play along or just listen. Aside from the tune leader, we will all be muted. 

I've flagged Irish tunes in FiddleQuest that your student might know in their practice page. Tunes can even be learned by ear on the spot as is the tradition in Irish Sessions.  But if they'd like to prepare, here is a list of tunes that are likely to be played:

  • Red Haired Boy
  • Swallowtail Jig
  • Bill Malley's Barndance
  • Kerfunken Jig

The Return of Whiskey Mary

My interest in irish fiddling started over 15 years ago when my brother-in-law and friends invited me to accompany a couple songs for a St. Patrick's Day party. From that event, I caught the fiddle bug and never looked back.  My irish party band, Whiskey Mary is back and will be sharing some of our favorite traditional and contemporary Irish tunes and covers this coming Saturday, March 13 at 2:30pm. The show will be livestreamed on our Facebook Page. Grab a pint and enjoy some of these fun songs.