SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

BEGINNING Irish Flute/Whistle 12:15PM

Instructor: Jonathan Milton. Designed for the beginning Irish flute player, this workshop will cover the fundamentals of playing the instrument. Topics discussed will include embouchure, tone, articulation, and ornamentation. A tune will be taught, and techniques will be demonstrated in this context. Free to the public on the Seelie Court Grandstands. No reservation is required.

 

 

Beginning Irish Guitar 1:30PM

Learn basic guitar techniques for Irish music with Jeff Moore. Jeff's workshop will demonstrate the fundamentals of accompanying Irish tunes, the musical structure of jigs, reels and hornpipes as well as strumming techniques and their relationship to texture. Chords will be demonstrated in DADGAD tuning, but techniques can be applied to any tuning. Jeff will also discuss the importance of Irish Tune Session etiquette.Free to the public on the Seelie Court Grandstands.

 

Beginning Irish Bodhran/
Drum 2:45PM

On the Seelie Court - Máirtín has been playing the bodhrán for a long many moons. Máirtín has taught Bodhrán technique at the Catskills Irish Arts Week, Milwaukee Summer School, Augusta Irish/Celtic week, St. Louis Tionól, as well as giving workshops at major US festivals, He also gives private tutorials along the road while touring and on Skype from home.  Máirtín's bodhrán classes begin with posture and basic striking technique and with each students' ability assessed, the intricacies of rhythm are then introduced as progression allows.

 

MACALLAN SCOTCH TAsTing Kieron Elliott 1:45PM

Dabble in the dram with Kieron Elliott. This will take place on the Kelpie Dance Stage Tent on the far east side of the Festival. You will need to purchase your tickets in advance. Sitting is limited to only 70 tickets per tasting. Tickets are $25.00 each. Purchase by selecting the "Buy Now" button below. Print out your confirmation from paypal to use as your receipt at the event. You must also purchase a ticket to the fest.

IRISH LANGUAGE FUN WITH
GAELIC LEAGUE 2:00PM

At 2pm each day of the Festival, the Gaelic League of Austin has an Beginner's Irish Language Workshop. It's free and great for all ages. Throughout the rest of the day, The Gaelic League of Austin has a table set up in the East side Pavillion where they sell books in Irish and also gives attendees the chance to sign up for their Irish Language Classes that they teach throughout the year. Preserving our Irish language is a vital part of keeping our heritage alive and thriving.

 

Scottish Country Dance
SCDA 3:45PM
Come learn to Scottish Country Dance on the Kelpie Dance Stage. Fun for all ages and free to fest attendees. Do not forget to visit the SCDA in the pavillion where they will be selling delicious Celtic pastries.

Intermediate Irish Fiddle
Bronnie Griffin 12:30PM

Learn Irish ornamentation including bowed triplets and multiple noted rolls with Bronnie Griffin, long-time student of world-renowned Irish fiddle master Kevin Burke, with whom she has performed and recorded. Takes place inside the workshop tent. $10.00 fee. Purchase in advance with a credit card or paypal below. Print out your confirmation from paypal to use as your receipt at the event. Don't forget you must also purchase a fest ticket.

Advanced Irish Fiddle Winifred Horan 2:00PM

This master workshop takes place in the workshop tent with instructor Winifred Horan of Solas. $15.00 fee. Purchase in advance with a credit card or paypal below. Print out your confirmation from paypal to use as your receipt at the event. Don't forget you must also purchase a ticket to the fest.

 

 

Scottish Guitar with Paul McKenna 3:30PM Paul will be focusing on the varying styles of Scottish guitar accompaniment in standard and Drop D tuning. Having studied with Jack Evans, among others, Paul is an accomplished guitar player and will explore many of the styles he prefers when playing Scottish Traditional music. Intermediate workshops take place inside the workshop tent. $10.00 fee. Purchase in advance with a credit card or paypal below. Print out your confirmation from paypal to use as your receipt at the event. Don't forget you must also purchase a ticket to the fest.

 

SUNDAY WORKSHOPS

CELTIC StorytelLing With MAIRTIN DE COGAIN 1:00PM Come and listen to one of the finest storytellers in the land. All-Ireland champion Mairtin is a festival favorite. Fun for all ages and on the Seelie Court Grandstands.

WALKINg with GIANTS James Keane 2:15PM Listen to tales about growing up in traditional Irish music, the characters, legends and memories from someone who was there when it all happened. Seelie Court Grandstands.

 

Beginning Irish Fiddle
with Chris Buckley 3:30PM
Learn basic techniques on the Irish Fiddle. Free to the Fest attendees on the Seelie Court Grandstands with fiddle teacher, Chris Buckley of the Tea Merchants.

CELTIC StorytelLing With MAIRTIN DE COGAIN 4:45PM So good we are doing it twice! Come and listen to one of the finest storytellers in the land. All-Ireland champion Mairtin is a festival favorite. Fun for all ages and on the Seelie Court Grandstands.

Irish Ceili Dancing
Inishfree DancE 1:00PM
Learn how to Irish "party" dance!Led by the teachers and students of Inishfree Austin Dance School. Fun for all ages and free to fest attendees. Taking place on the Kelpie Dance Stage located on the Far East side of the Festival grounds. You can also take this opportunity to sign up yourself or your children with the award winning Inishfree School Of Irish Dance located in Austin, San Antonio, Buda and other Central Texas locations.

 

MACALLAN SCOTCH TAsTing Kieron Elliott 2:45PM Dabble in the dram with Kieron Elliott as he explores the Macallan brand of "uisge beatha" or "water of life." This will take place on the Kelpie Dance Stage Tent on the far east side of the Festival. You will need to purchase your tickets in advance. Sitting is limited to only 70 tickets per tasting. Ticket are $25.00 each. Select the "buy now" button below. Print out your confirmation email from paypal for your entrance at the tent. Remember you still need to purchase a Festival ticket as well.

 

Scottish Country Dance
ASCDS 4:15PM
Come learn to Scottish Country Dance on the Kelpie Dance Stage. Fun for all ages and free to fest attendees. Hosted by the Austin Scottish Country Dance Society's Youth Dancers.

IRISH LANGUAGE FUN WITH
GAELIC LEAGUE 2:00PM

At 2pm each day of the Festival, the Gaelic League of Austin has an Beginner's Irish Language Workshop. It's free and great for all ages. Throughout the rest of the day, The Gaelic League of Austin has a table set up in the East side Pavillion where they sell books in Irish and also gives attendees the chance to sign up for their Irish Language Classes that they teach throughout the year. Preserving our Irish language is a vital part of keeping our heritage alive and thriving. Check them out. They are doing great work in our community!

Intermediate Irish Flute with Sean Gray 12:30PM Instructor is Sean Gray of the Paul McKenna Band in the workshop tent. $10.00 fee. This class will look at traditional tunes from both Ireland and Scotland. The class will examine the importance of proper breathing and some basic ornamentation used in traditional music. Purchase in advance with a credit card or paypal below. Print out your confirmation from paypal to use as your receipt at the event. Don't forget you must also purchase a ticket to the fest.

Intermediate Irish Guitar Eamon McElholM 2:00PMTakes place inside the workshop tent with Eamon McElholm of Solas. $10.00 fee. Purchase in advance with a credit card or paypal below. Print out your confirmation from paypal to use as your receipt at the event. Don't forget you must also purchase a ticket to the fest.

Irish/Folk Guitar
with Paul Brady 3:30PM
Master workshop take place in the workshop tent. Paul uses various different tunings to accompany his songs. He also uses a right hand combination of pick and fingers when he plays. He will demonstrate these techniques via performance, verbal explanations and discussion with workshop attendees. $25.00 fee. Purchase in advance with a credit card or paypal below. Print out your confirmation from paypal to use as your receipt at the event.

Intermediate Fiddle
Shannon Quinn 5:00PM

This intermediate class on Celtic fiddle will introduce specific bowing techniques that can be used in relation to Irish music as well as showing different styles of ornamentation. Shannon will also discuss the use of 'form' in traditional Irish music as well as the importance of using dynamics. She'll also, of course, be sharing some great ol' Irish & Scottish tunes! Takes place inside the workshop tent. $10.00 fee Purchase in advance with a credit card or paypal below. Print out your confirmation from paypal to use as your receipt at the event.