TUNES, TUNES, TUNES
"We have been so lucky to have Flo teach at the South East Tionól for the past three years. Flo has the ability to instruct beginners as well as advanced concertinists in the same class at our small annual workshop. Each student has walked away with the confidence, technique and musicality to become a better traditional Irish musician all thanks to Flo. The tunes she chooses to teach and perform come from the very essence of her upbringing and the rich concertina tradition of County Clare. She truly has the gift to communicate her love for the instrument and the music of her home... We are looking forward to having Flo teach at the 2013 South East Tionól in Orlando, Florida"
Kathleen Cavanagh South East Tionól Organizer
"Among the minority of younger players who continue to sustain the older dialects of Clare are Jacqui McCarthy, Florence Fahy, Breeda Green, Louise Pyne, and Francis Droney"
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TUNE FOR MAY
The Rookery Reel
Hello and welcome back for my tune of the month for May. I had a wonderful time in Ireland and I am still trying to get back to normal and settle back in after what was really an amazing trip. William was the star of the show and we had him christened on Easter Sunday. My dad was truly overjoyed to finally meet him as was my whole family. He was a delight and he just kept smiling the whole trip. Leah had a ball spending time with her cousin Caoimhe and runnign around in the lovely fresh Irish sea air :-) Needless to say she went to bed exhausted every night! Chris and I both had a fantastic relaxing time. My concert went exceedingly well for Consairtin and I enjoyed it very much. I am still getting the photos together of our trip so hopefully by next month I will have had time to get them together and show you some! Now for a the tune this month that I know is posted extremely late.
This month I have chosen a reel by the name of The Rookery. It is a Vincent Broderick composition and a beautiful reel. It can be found in the Turoe Stone collection of Vincent Broderick tunes compiled by Antoin MacGabhann, fiddle player from Co. Cavan. It was Antoin I first heard playing this reel in Seattle a few years back when we were both teaching at a festival there and it stuck with me then and I learned it over the week from him. I think you will enjoy this one. Happy learning and playing!!!