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I'm hoping to expand my Anglo concertina skills at a workshop this year and am wondering what options are out there. I was hoping for Palestine, TX, but it sounds as though they're not having an organized concertina event this year. (The past organizer has a conflict and hasn't found someone else to organize.)

 

My online search found Catskills Irish Arts Week, Noel Hill Irish Concertina School, Lark Camp, and the Northeast Squeeze-in. Any recommendations? Anything that didn't turn up in my search?

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I'm hoping to expand my Anglo concertina skills at a workshop this year and am wondering what options are out there. I was hoping for Palestine, TX, but it sounds as though they're not having an organized concertina event this year. (The past organizer has a conflict and hasn't found someone else to organize.)

 

My online search found Catskills Irish Arts Week, Noel Hill Irish Concertina School, Lark Camp, and the Northeast Squeeze-in. Any recommendations? Anything that didn't turn up in my search?

 

Hi Hudson, WI (I lived in Madison for many years) - depends on what you want. If it's Irish, you can't do better than Noel Hill's school. But it's very intense.

 

The Northeast Squeeze In is the perfect place to play a wide variety of styles. The 'workshops' are highly informal and more or less spontaneous; the advantage here is variety and a chance to play with people of widely varying interests and experience.

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At the risk of being accused of double-posting, I'll repeat what I just put over on the announcements section:

 

Randal Bays has announced the Cascadia Irish Arts Week details for 2015. Scheduled for the week of July 19th through the 25th, it will held be in a new location (Olympia, Washington) this year. My understanding is that the accommodations and setting will be quite nice.

 

Classes include a variety of instruments including Anglo Concertina. Of special interest to this forum, instruction this year will be by Caitlín Nic Gabhann - three time All Ireland winner on concertina.

 

This has been a very popular event in past years and I expect it will be well attended this year too. This is really a week-long Irish music immersion experience with lots of sessions every evening and typically includes a concert by the staff at the end of the event.

 

For more information refer to the link below:

 

http://www.cascadiairish.org

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Thanks for the input so far.

 

Jim - I got my MS degree at UW Madison way back in 1981 so I have fond memories of the capital city. (Hudson is a suburb of St. Paul, MN.)

 

Ken - A resurrection of the Summer School list would be fantastic!

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Thanks for the input so far.

 

Jim - I got my MS degree at UW Madison way back in 1981 so I have fond memories of the capital city. (Hudson is a suburb of St. Paul, MN.)

 

Ken - A resurrection of the Summer School list would be fantastic!

 

"Way back in 1981?" I was way back in 1970. I've been thru Hudson many times (my brother lived in the cities)

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Keep your eyes open for the NorthEast Concertina Workshop that the Button Box has traditionally run on a Saturday in April in the Amherst/Sunderland/Greenfield Massachusetts area. They didn't do one in 2014, but no word yet on plans for 2015.

 

 

Edited for typo.

 

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If you are interested in learning Irish music, the Noel Hill Midwest class is moving to a location just a short hop from St Louis. The week is Aug 2 to Aug 7. Noel is an excellent teacher. I have been doing his class each summer since 1996 so you could say that I have drunk the KoolAid!

 

Ross Schlabach

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Does anyone attend the East Coast school who could recommend the easiest way to get there - bearing in mind that I don't drive in the US - could I tag along with anyone?! What's the closest airport?

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If you are interested in learning Irish music, the Noel Hill Midwest class is moving to a location just a short hop from St Louis. The week is Aug 2 to Aug 7. Noel is an excellent teacher. I have been doing his class each summer since 1996 so you could say that I have drunk the KoolAid!

 

Don't you mean The Pure Drop? :)

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If you are interested in learning Irish music, the Noel Hill Midwest class is moving to a location just a short hop from St Louis. The week is Aug 2 to Aug 7. Noel is an excellent teacher. I have been doing his class each summer since 1996 so you could say that I have drunk the KoolAid!

 

Don't you mean The Pure Drop? :)

Nah, I expect he is 'sucking diesel' by now.

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Hi StuJanis,

 

Just learned that the Palestine, TX gathering will be having a concertina group, taught by Jody Kruskal. I too have been looking for a

summer course (anglo, thus Irish) and Jody teaches old-time/american tunes as far as I know. For more info, email Dan Worrall

danworrall@msn.com

 

You should check out Swanannoa Gathering Celtic Week in July 2015. Grainne Hambly teaches concertina there.

 

Kay

 

PS Ken - Looking forward to the summer school list!

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