"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 FEBRUARY
Second Victory -Jig
Welcome to my tune of the month for February. Sorry for all you guys that have been waiting ever so patiently for this tune. I have had quite the number of trips to the doctor with both kids due to this wonderful cold and flu season and things have been a little hectic indeed. However, better late than never, right!!! I have chosen a beautiful jig called "Second Victory" from the playing of Paddy O Brien. This tune was composed by Paddy and can be found in his tune book published by his daughter Eileen O Brien/Minogue. This jig was written by Paddy for the Ormund ceili band for their All-Ireland competition performance which they won of course. Paddy was a founder and member of the ceili band and they won numerous All-Irelands together.
Enjoy learning this one and Happy Valentines Day. February is also my birth month so the next time I will be on here I will be a year older. As you get older you stop counting, as I have for sure. It is only a number, right?
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