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  1. Hello everyone! I'm thinking of signing up for the Noel Hill concertina school in county Clare in March 2020. I did some searches on the forums here to find more info about it, and found an old thread that i originally started in 2008.. incredible how time flies. I'm now what I think should be intermediate - at least that's where I most fit in according to the level description in the info letter about the concertina school 2019. I know a couple of tunes and can join in on many more tunes, I play in sessions (although not in every tune) but I don't play particularly well at speed and I'm just beginning to look at ornaments. My priority for the moment is to learn my tunes better, to increase my repertoire and learn to play in more keys (I mainly play in G and I'm beginning to be more comfortable with D), but I would like to get further when it comes to technique, since I'm almost completely self taught (I do what seems to work) and I don't know what I should do next to improve my technique. I haven't been near other Irish style anglo players until this year when I moved back to Ireland, I've taken a few lessons here during spring/early summer, but haven't heard back from the teacher yet about the autumn. When I read about the Noel Hill school, I see that there are those who found it amazing and highly recommend it, but I also read from some that he teaches his own fingering system that he insists that everyone in the class has to use. This worries me a bit. The fingering that I use works quite well, although I definitely don't mind doing modifications if that means it will help me play better, more smoothly, get better phrasing, or whatever. I've already expanded my fingering after I've taken a few lessons from a local player, and of course I want to do what it takes to increase my playing skills. But I worry about going there, investing that time and money, and then spending all week learning a new fingering, and not having the time to learn so much more than that. Am I exaggerating or overthinking now? The C row is my "home row" (starting with index finger left hand on the G push and index right hand on the C push) but I use all rows, including accidentals, as needed. I use most higher notes on the G row right hand (unless I need the F instead of F#), but I'm beginning to explore the higher notes on the left hand too. As for lower notes, I'm not very familiar with them yet because I just recently got myself a concertina that actually allows me to play them without too much trouble (my old concertina was too slow to respond on larger reeds)! I'm comfortable with cross rowing but I still have lots to explore when it comes to alternative buttons. Should I stop worrying and just go ahead because it will be a fabulous experience that will help me get to the next level? Has anyone else been there as an intermediate self taught player? What were your experiences? Please brainstorm...
  2. Celtic Crossings and Celtic Tours World Vacations proudly present Dr Gearoid’s 2017 Irish History and Heritage Tour August 1-10, 2017 (10 DAYS) ~Living History and Heritage~Music~Archeology~Natural History~Cultural Traditions~ Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, born in Ennis, County Clare, is a leading Irish ethnomusicologist, author, musician and historian specialising in Irish music, diaspora, cultural and memory studies. A 5-time All Ireland Champion uilleann piper and concertina player, Gearóid has presented over 1,000 concerts on 4 continents during the past 30 years. A prolific writer and tenured university professor, he is also a producer of The Clare Tracin’ Ensemble and a former member of Ireland’s legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band. CLICK HERE: RESERVATION FORM: Dr Gearoid’s History and Heritage Tour of Ireland Aug 1-10, 2017 Or EMAIL US TODAY! CelticTours World Vacations’ Custom Tour # 89841 Irish History and Heritage Tour Highlights–· Travel with Ireland’s noted cultural historian, author and award-winning traditional musician · Meet locals and enjoy expert-led excursions · Discover spectacular natural beauty · Enjoy nightly musical sessions and private recitals · Explore a living history and heritage of Ireland, dating to the mesolithic period · Immerse yourself in rich culture and heritage · Explore Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (Galway, Clare, Limerick, Mayo, Connemara and Kerry) · Enjoy nightly musical sessions and recitals TIME TO EXPLORE· Learn about the extraordinary events of 1916, which placed Ireland on the road to independence from Britain · Stand at the edge of the 702 foot high Cliffs of Moher · Walk around the semi circular stone fort of Dún Aonghasa, on the island of Inis Mór. · Imagine the Irish who lived at the hilltop from c.1500 BC · Visit the castle of the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley · Spend time in Craggaunowen – a interactive heritage site revealing Irish life in the Iron Age · Engage with ancient Irish archaeology at Caherconnell Stone Fort–which dates to Viking invasions · Encounter dramatic shadows of the Great Famine (1850) –which caused a million deaths and a million to across the ocean MAGNIFICENT NATURAL SCENERY· Experience the breathtaking Burren karst landscape–a cracked lunar bedrock of glacial-era limestone, with cliffs and caves, fossils and rock formations · Ponder the iconic megalithic tomb at Poulnabrone dating from the Neolithic period–one of Ireland’s most photographed archaeological sites · Climb the gravelly incline of Ireland’s sacred mountain, Croagh Patrick, or rest at Teach na Miasa visitor centre to watch others follow in St Patrick’s footsteps · Wind around the Ring of Kerry –beautiful mountains, lakes and hidden vistas · Explore archaeological monuments along the Dingle Peninsula, which National Geographic Traveler once described as “the most beautiful place on earth.” · Behold the 1200-year-old Gallarus Oratory–an early Christian stone church and rare prehistoric Fahan Beehive Huts · Cruise along the majestic River Corrib onto Lough Corrib, the Irish Republic’s largest lake, past castles and various sites of historical and cultural interest ENJOY LOCAL IRISH COMMUNITIES· Learn useful Irish expressions– the oldest spoken language in western Europe · Step out for a traditional dance or try your hand at learning a simple tune on the traditional whistle · Meet members of the Kilfenora Céilí Band–Ireland’s oldest continually surviving dance band · Explore Galway City, European Capital of Culture (2020) · Meet local artists and craft designers · Be welcomed as a royal visitor at Bunratty Castle’s famed medieval banquet and theatrical performance · Visit Claddagh Village–inspiration for the timeless Claddagh Ring · Savor locally sourced cuisine and perhaps try your hand at scavenging for nutritional seaweed · And much more! See the complete itinerary and your reservation form PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS provided by CelticTours World Vacations (Albany, NY) CLICK HERE FOR RESERVATION FORM CONTACT · Jeanne Orenstein, Celtic TourS (Albany, NY) · 518-862-0042 x310 Email: jeanneo@celtictours.com · EMAIL US TODAY! CelticTours World Vacations’ Custom Tour # 89841 RATES INCLUDE:· 9 nights hotel accommodations · 9 full breakfast daily (except day of arrival) · 4 hotel dinners plus Bunratty Castle Banquet · Admissions: · Cragganowen · Quin Abbey · Bunratty Folk Park · Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre · Caherconnell Fort & Sheepdog demonstration · Aran Island Ferry and island tour to Dun Aonghasa · Kylemore Abbey (photo stop) · Muckross House · Kilfenora Burren Museum · Lough Corrib Boat Cruise · Galway Walking tour · All transportation and sightseeing via deluxe touring motor coach · Tips and taxes on items included
  3. Dear All, The latest Gallery from the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) is "Concertina Pictures, with a Clare Bias" Regards, M.
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