Irish Song Workshop with Brian Ó hAirt
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Irish Song Workshop with Brian Ó hAirt

Irish Song Workshop with Brian Ó hAirt Oct. 26th

Come explore the Irish song traditions of Ireland with Brian Ó hAirt on Thursday, October 26th at 7:30 p.m.  This 90-minute workshop will focus on learning songs in English and Irish Gaelic languages from across the island of Ireland while also building attendees' knowledge about these traditions.  The cost is $30 per person, and to reserve a spot, contact Brian at ohairt@gmail.com or (314) 974-7073.  After signing up, Brian will send you the address of the workshop which will be at a home in Richardson, TX.  There will be an ongoing discussion about singing styles as well as a presentation of short recorded examples of source singers to demonstrate these styles.  Also focused on in this workshop will be the basic stylistic elements of Irish singing including background, phrasing, ornamentation, rhythm, and presentation.  Songs will be learned in a call-response manner to ensure that attendees walk away with songs mostly memorized.  Lyric sheets will be supplied but attendees should bring with them a recording device.

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Sean-nós Dancing Workshop
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Sean-nós Dancing Workshop

The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance Presents:

A sean-nós dancing workshop with Brian Ó hAirt

Wednesday October 25th 2017  7-8:30 pm
Kathleen O’Shea Dance Studio
2325 Lakeland Drive
Dallas TX 75228

$30 Individual
$25 M.A.I.D. Student/Parents
RSVP: ohairt@gmail.com
or (314) 974-7073

No hard shoes, please! Participants encouraged to bring hard leather/rubber/plastic-soled shoes and a recording device. 


Sean-nós dancing is a percussive dance form from western County Galway. It is improvisational and focuses on both accompanying and collaborating with the musician by way of repetitive timing steps punctuated by tricks, which often emulate the melodic structure of the tune. A dancer wears hard leather-soled shoes and positions his or herself near the musician so as to accommodate this musical conversation. The body is relaxed, the steps are often asymmetrical, yet the form is reminiscent of (but creates an experience quite different from) modern Irish step dancing. 

Sean-nós dancing is a welcome alternative to step dancing for individuals interested in Irish dance but physically limited. It’s less impactful and athletic than step dancing but engages both the body and mind in ways that benefit aging individuals or those with physical/cognitive challenges. It’s also a helpful addition to step-dancers as they must adjust their weight, foot position, and posture; think critically of music as symbiotic with and not just accompaniment to their dance; as well as think creatively on their toes to create new choreography on spot. More importantly--it's fun! 

Because sean-nós dancing comes from one of the Irish Gaelic speaking communities of Ireland, there is also a cultural component to this dance form, which requires dancers to consider and learn about the families in those communities who uphold this tradition and the cultural events that showcase it.

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O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat
Oct
20
to Oct 22

O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat

  • Hoblitzelle Camp and Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

http://oflahertyretreat.org/index.html

The O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat was first held on October 30-31, 2004, at the Springhill Retreat Center in Richardson, Texas.  More than 140 students of all ages gathered to learn traditional Irish music on a variety of instruments taught by teachers mostly from the Dallas area.  The enrollment was far greater than what was expected, and it demonstrated a strong interest in Irish music throughout Texas and the Southwest region.

As a tribute to Jim O'Flaherty, a native Irishman and musician living in the DFW region who passed away in 2001, a Dallas musician named Ken Fleming organized the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.  The retreat focuses on the teaching of traditional Irish music on fiddle, flute, harp, uilleann pipes, tenor banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, bodhrán, guitar, piano, accordion and concertina.  Singing in English and Irish Gaelic are taught along with enrichment classes pertaining to music history, session etiquette, music arrangements, learning resources, and more.  A number of the instructors are internationally-acclaimed performers and teachers many of whom are brought over from Ireland. 

After its successful first year, the retreat moved in 2005 to larger facilities at Hoblitzelle Camp and Conference Center in Midlothian, Texas and again in 2012 to the more expansive Lakeview Camp & Conference Center in Waxahachie, Texas.   In 2014, we are very excited to return to the beautiful Hoblitzelle campus due to extensive renovation and expanded meeting space. With increasing enrollment from outside of the region, the retreat is now ranked internationally with similar music camps in America such as the Augusta Irish Week, Catskills Irish Week and Swannanoa Celtic Week. 

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Bua at the Philadelphia Ceili Group’s 43rd Annual Irish Music and Dance Festival 
Sep
9
12:00 PM12:00

Bua at the Philadelphia Ceili Group’s 43rd Annual Irish Music and Dance Festival 

The Philadelphia Ceili Group’s 43rd Annual Irish Music and Dance Festival is September 7, 8 & 9th; once again fostering and promoting traditional Irish arts and culture in Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley.  11 a.m. workshops with members of Bua an 6:00 performance. 

For more details and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.philadelphiaceiligroup.org/2017pcgfestival.

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Bua presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (D.C.)
Sep
8
7:30 PM19:30

Bua presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (D.C.)

Join Bua for an evening of Irish traditional music, song, and dance hosted by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.

Location: Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW, Washington, D.C. (one block from Takoma Metro station).

Time:  8-10 p.m. (Doors at 7:30)

Cost: Pay at the door, $20 public, $10 FSGW members.

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Brian at the Kansas City Irish Festival (Cultural Stage & Café)
Sep
1
to Sep 3

Brian at the Kansas City Irish Festival (Cultural Stage & Café)

Kansas City Irish Fest builds and showcases the connections between Ireland and America, between the past and the present, and between Ireland and the global community. The Culture Stage helps fest attendees dive head-first into Irish culture with presentations and hands-on workshops. Stop by to learn a céili dance, a few Irish Gaelic phrases or how to track down your ancestors. Then get up close with some of our fabulous entertainers with meet and greets as they chill in the Culture Café

For full details visit: http://kcirishfest.com/schedule.   

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Apr
27
to May 17

Brian Ó hAirt & Brendan Taaffe Collaborative House Concert, Berea KY

Donation $10 at door

ABOUT BRENDAN TAAFFE: 
Currently a Sound Archives Fellow at Berea College, Brendan Taaffee is deeply versed in Irish and American traditions. It is on the mbira that Brendan Taaffe has found a truly distinctive voice, blending old-time ballads with traditional Zimbabwean rhythms. The ripple of the mbira, an instrument over a thousand years old, and Taaffe's lush tenor casts oldsongs in a new light, creating "the kind of hushed, lonely warmth you experience sitting by a fire in a drafty house."

A multi-instrumentalist on guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mbira, Brendan has toured with many different groups, including nationally acclaimed dance band Magic Foot and the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Northern Harmony. In addition to performing solo, he currently directs The Bright Wings Chorus, a vocal ensemble, and is the frontman of The New Line, a band that blends mbira with banjo, electric guitar, and percussion, creating a bridge between American and African traditions.

Originally from Minnesota, Brendan now lives in Brattleboro, Vermont and tours regularly throughout the U.S. and Europe.

http://www.brendantaaffe.com/

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