This group is a lot of fun! Open to any musical instrument and voice, the group is studying traditional Dance music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Cape Breton, Canada and New England!
Because we play from sheet music out of books or downloaded off the internet, students should be able to sight-read music, and know the basics of music theory including counting various meters, playing chords and harmonizing. If you would like to learn more about these subjects, register for private lessons.
The class meets Thursdays from 7-9pm in Granby, MA. The group decides what folk music it wants to learn, votes on the new material, and works on approximately 10-15 new tunes/melodies per semester. A semester is approximately 3 months. Any Celtic folk or roots music genre is acceptable. Some of the tunes we have been working on can be found in the Fiddler’s Fakebook by Dan Brody, the Portland Collection by Susan Songer, and the Waltz Books.
Once the group is comfortable with the “new” set, arrangements are made to put on a free concert at any local venue that allows free use. Venues included are The Holyoke Rehab Center (on Rte 141), The Hobbit House (inside Mill 180 Park in Easthampton), The Loomis Village (South Hadley), The Arbors (Amherst), The Soldier’s Home (Holyoke), The South Hadley Library and the Granby Library.
If you would like to join the Celtic Workshops, please contact us. The cost is $10 per person, per class.