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2017 Instructors

Andi Hearn teaching Irish Fiddle (Beginning)

Fiddler and singer, Andi Hearn, has spent more than 20 years learning Irish fiddle music from the tradition's very best music exponents. Along the way, she has also collected and studied songs from the vast unaccompanied “sean-nos” ballad tradition of Ireland, as well as solo songs from all over the world. Her vocal style is as rich and hearty as her fiddle tunes. From her home in Columbia, South ...
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Margaret Rush teaching Traditional Irish Song

Margaret's simple singing style conveys the power of the song itself to the listener. Musical influences include the Black family, Paul Brady, Clannad, Skara Brae and the Voice Squad as well as Joni Mitchell. With traditional Irish music guitar accompaniment, Margaret aims for a responsive, rhythmic, DADGAD-tuned springboard from which the melody player can take flight and start a musical conversa...
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Turlach Boylan teaching Traditional Irish Flute

Turlach Boylan grew up on a farm in County Derry, the oldest of seven children. He began playing Irish music in earnest on the flute at the age of 16 studying with County Antrim flute master John Kennedy. Turlach has lived in the US since 1989, and toured extensively with the traditional band Glen Road, performing for audiences of all ages. He plays flute, tin whistle, mandolin and tenor banjo.
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Beanie Odell teaching Irish Fiddle (Advanced)

Claudine “Beanie” Odell, an American born Irish fiddler and self proclaimed tune junkie was introduced to Irish jigs and reels by way of a family fife and drum corp on the eastern shore of Maryland.  Having played music all her life, she settled on the fiddle in college while playing in the Irish Breakfast Band in the Washington DC area.  Through this group she was introduced to and took lessons f...
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Randy Clepper teaching Accompaniment for Irish Tunes (Beginner)

Central-Ohio-based multi-instrumentalist Randy Clepper is in demand as an accomplished player of Irish and other traditional music on Irish bouzouki, fingerstyle acoustic guitar, tenor banjo and hammer dulcimer.  Equally adept at all of these, his playing has been described as “magnificent”, “strong and confident” (Dulcimer Player’s News) – “a Celtic guru” (Wood ‘N Strings).  Randy performs solo a...
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Albert Alfonso teaching Bodhran

One day in 1978, Albert Alfonso was walking across a street in east Dallas with an antique piano accordion flung over his shoulder, and bumped into a musician who was on his way to a practice. Albert was invited to come along. That day Albert met and joined The New Dallas String Band. They played traditional American music. After a while, the music influence changed, with members bringing in new t...
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Amanda Morgan teaching Young Fiddlers Workshop

Amanda Morgan is an Assistant teacher at Knoxville Montessori School, ages 3-kindergarten. She has also taught English as a second language to French high schoolers. In her second life, she is an Irish fiddle player and has been playing in the band, Shamrock Road for three years.
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Katelyn Dunn teaching Traditional Irish Dance

Katelyn Dunn started Irish Step dancing at the age of eleven in her home state of Minnesota. She instantly fell in love with this rhythmic dance so rooted in Irish culture and history. Katelyn has performed and competed throughout the United States and has also taught several Irish Dance workshops for various modern dance schools. After years of performing and competing, she is now working toward ...
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Vincent Fogarty teaching Accompaniment for Irish Tunes (Intermediate)

Vincent Fogarty, a native of Tipperary, spent his formative musical years in Doolin, County Clare, listening to sessions every night of the week. His bouzouki playing reflects those years of immersion; today he is a sought-after accompanist for some of West Clare's finest musicians. Vincent's style conveys a sensitivity to mood and melody rarely found in stringed accompaniment. He currently lives ...
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