Event & Lessons with Irish Fiddler Gerry O'Connor

Irish Fiddle & Master Musician Gerry O'Connor is once again visiting Winnipeg and will be giving a Lecture/Concert at the Irish Club on Thursday evening March 14th followed by a Session. Cover charge is $10 for IAM & Comhaltas members & $15 for non-members.

This is a WONDERFUL & RARE opportunity for us in Winnipeg, to listen to and learn from one of Ireland's greatest living Irish Musicians....and to play along with him in an Irish Session!!! He is only in town and available for Thursday night and Friday before 3pm - so we have to make the most of his short time here. Please mark the date on your calendars!!!! See attached for info on Gerry.

Gerry will be available Friday between 11am and 3pm at the Irish Club to give private lessons $75/hour and group lessons $20/hour per person with minimum of 5 students per group. Non-fiddlers are encouraged to sign up for a mixed instruments group lesson on Irish style and interpretation.

Please contact me by replying to this ASAP if you are interested in taking a private or group fiddle lesson or mixed-instruments group lesson.

Thank you, Susan www.HammersMusic.com

Gerry O’Connor comes from Dundalk, and was taught by his mother, Rose who was a descendant of three generations of fiddle players. With a focus on his local music of Oriel, he is known world-wide as a soloist and as a founder band member of Lá Lugh, Skylark and Oirialla. His playing is noted for its vibrancy and pulsating rhythm which he attributes to his early years of step-dancing and to the influence of John Joe Gardiner with whom he played in the inaugural Comhaltas Seisiún series in the early 1970s. He has recorded 14 albums with his first solo album Journeyman hailed as a landmark album of Irish fiddle music, and has performed with all of the leading performers of the Irish music world including members of the Chieftains, Boys of the Lough, Planxty, De Dannan and Bothy Band. Gerry has published a book of Cathal McConnell's songs and is launching a tunebook this week featuring dance music of Oriel recorded at the turn of the 20th century. Gerry is also highly regarded as a violin-maker and music producer, and is in constant demand as a music tutor.

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 Thurs. September 7, 2018. Doors open at 7pm


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IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC INSTRUCTIONAL WORKSHOPS 2019 For Adults & Teens

With Susan Hammer Teastas Teagaisc Ceolta Tíre (TTCT) Ireland; B Music.

LOCATION: Crescent Fort Rouge United Church 525 Wardlaw at Nassau N. (Osborne Village). 

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Email: [email protected] Cell: 204-894-4499


SATURDAY FEB 2 

11am to 1pm Polkas & Slides for all Intermediate/Advanced Tune Players Learn one of each, including correct rhythm, ornamentation and variation. Sheets will be provided. $20/two hours

1:30pm to 3:30pm Even More Bodhran Skill Development for Intermediate players. Focus will be on tone production, tipper/stick skills, traditional and contemporary rhythm patterns. $20/two hours 


SATURDAY MAR 2 

11am to 1pm Intermediate/Advanced Tin Whistle Technique Continue to develop your ability to use Ornamentation & Variations in a variety of types of tunes. $20/two hours

 1:30pm to 3:30pm Mandolin & Tenor Banjo Workshop with Paul Hammer Contact Paul for details at [email protected] $20/two hours 


SATURDAY APR 6

 11am to 1pm Even More Bodhran Skill Development for Intermediate players. Focus will be on tone production, tipper/stick skills, traditional and contemporary rhythm patterns. $20/two hours

 1:30pm to 3:30pm And Now For Something Completely Different: Slow Tunes with Harmonies (all levels welcome) Traditionally Irish music was monophonic (only the tune, no harmonies or accompaniment). However with the influence of World Music, accompaniment is now common and some contemporary Irish musicians are adding harmonies to slow tunes & songs. Learn a slow tune and then learn how to add simple harmonies if you wish. Sheets will be provided. $20/two hours

 Occasional private lessons in the City may be arranged with either Susan or Paul - contact for details

ALSO AVAILABLE at the Irish Association of Manitoba (Irish Club) 654 Erin St. Winnipeg

An Irish Music Slow Session one Thursday a month (prior to the regular Thursday Session) - coached by Susan Hammer all welcome (no memberships required) 6:30pm to 7:30pm (we can start closer to 6 if you get there early)

Comhaltas Irish Traditional Music Instruction & Session (Instrumental) one Friday a month taught & hosted by Susan & Paul Hammer (all welcome, no memberships required)

Contact for information: [email protected] Cell: 204-894-4499

Traditional Music Classes at the Irish Club

On behalf of Comhaltas Winnipeg Susan Hammer (T.T.C.T. Ireland) is offering to lead an Irish Traditional Music session on the 2nd Friday of each month at one of the Irish Club's weekly pub nights. As this will be a specifically Comhaltas activity, the focus will be on "authentic Irish Style". The first hour will be a Slow Session focusing on "Irish Style" skill development,by playing tunes slowly and methodically under the guidance of Susan, with assistance from Paul and other experienced players who will be welcome to sit in and play to encourage and support the learners. The session will gradually evolve over the evening giving the more experienced players a chance to play their tunes, and for the less experienced, to learn by listening. Susan & Paul will also offer music instruction for children (adults also welcome) on whistle, bodhran, fiddle, guitar, mandolin etc. Email Susan Hammer at [email protected] if you are interested.

Paul and Susan would be willing to teach small groups of children interested in learning to play: whistle, bodhran, concertina, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bodhran. Certain instruments require a minimum age of 7yrs but some instruments can be started younger. Parents/grandparents can sit in with the children and learn at the same time!