Join Gerry Hegarty and Gabi Maas for five days of group fiddle tuition, learning traditional tunes and techniques.
You will receive three hours of instrumental tuition with a small group of other students of a similar standard. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a large mixed instrument ensemble, where you will learn to play exciting arrangements of traditional tunes with other musicians.
Classes take place between 10:00 – 16:15 each day, with a one hour break for lunch.
All ages and abilities welcome. Classes will be centred on learning tunes by ear, so there is no need to read music.
About Gerry Hegarty
Gerry began playing Irish Traditional Music when he was 13 years old in and around Miltown Malbay and Ennistymon in West Clare, Ireland, the capital of Irish Traditional Music. He is well known as an accomplished fiddle player and singer and has played both locally and internationally.
About Gabi Maas
Gabi Maas studied at Chetham’s School of Music and Cambridge University, and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and European Union Youth Orchestra. She recently completed a PhD thesis on ethnic Berber identity and political song in Kabylia (Algeria) and among Algerian migrants to France, conducting fieldwork while playing violin with Berber activist singers. Gabi is also passionate about Scandinavian traditional music and plays the Nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle), both for dancing and in baroque performance. She currently works with groups including Scottish Opera and the Ulster Orchestra.
About Rachel Cross
Rachel grew up surrounded by folk music in the Scottish Borders, and began to play the penny whistle at the age of six. Rachel was lucky enough to have lessons and workshops with Claire Mann, Iain Fraser and Catriona MacDonald, among other great musicians.
Rachel studied Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University and spent a number of years in Newcastle where she played with several bands, including Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, and worked as a music teacher and session musician before moving to Bath. She currently runs the Bath Youth Folk Band.