Fiddle Lesson: Carolan’s Welcome

Today I would like to talk to you about Carolan’s Welcome, also known as Carden’s Welcome, Carolan’s Air, O’ Carolan’s Welcome, and composed by Turlough O’Carolan. Turlough O’Carolan (1670 – 1738) was a blind Celtic harper, composer and singer in Ireland whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition. This melody isContinue reading “Fiddle Lesson: Carolan’s Welcome”

10% Off Music Lessons 12/21

If you register for #music #lessons during the month of #December, 2021, take 10% off the whole year of lessons, a $384 value! All you need to do is visit the #YouTube channel and #Subscribe! Your name will automatically be entered to get the 10% off. (You need to subscribe during December 2021 toContinue reading “10% Off Music Lessons 12/21”

Fiddle Lesson: the lovely Crested Hens

Also known as Cockscomb Bouree, Como Poden Per Sas Culpas, The Crested Hen, Les Poules Huppés, composed by Gillies Chabenat, a hurdy gurdy player. Winnie Horan’s version on Solas’ cd “Solas” is a classic, powerfully simple rendition. In all fairness to Gilles, this is not a waltz but a three-time bouree. It is really inContinue reading “Fiddle Lesson: the lovely Crested Hens”

Fiddle Lesson: Redwing

Here’s a little tune I know called “Red Wing”, aka Union Maid by Woodie Guthrie, who borrowed the tune Redwing. Kerry Mills, the composer of Redwing, actually used the melody of Schumann’s Merry Peasant, aka “The Happy Farmer” in Suzuki violin book 1. Here’s my version of this lively tune: I’d love to teach itContinue reading “Fiddle Lesson: Redwing”

Fiddle Lesson: The Star of the County Down

Introducing the Star of the County Down on fiddle by Adam Sweet. Also known as Diversus And Lazarus, Dives And Lazarus, Gilderoy, Kingsfold, The Star Of County Down, The Star Of The County Down March, When First I Left Old Ireland, Reáilt Condae An Dún, The Star Barndance. The words are by Cathal MacGarvey (1866–1927)Continue reading “Fiddle Lesson: The Star of the County Down”

Fiddle Workshop: Archibald McDonald of Keppoch

Archibald McDonald of Keppoch (AKA: MacDonald of Keppach’s Lamentation being Murdered by his two Cusin German’s), written in 1775 by Daniel Dow, is a mournful melody that’s evocative and ephemeral. Here it is: I would love to teach you how to play this beautiful melody! I teach M-F, 9am – 7pm online and W 9am-7pmContinue reading “Fiddle Workshop: Archibald McDonald of Keppoch”

Five String Violin 4 Sale!

This is a hand-carved five string violin made exclusively for Granby Music. The top is spruce, back/sides maple, neck maple, tailpiece/chinrest boxwood, fingerboard ebony, pegs boxwood. It was made with 7 year air-dried tonewood. Strings are Larsen violin with a viola c. This is the last of the violins that were made for us. PickContinue reading “Five String Violin 4 Sale!”

Traditional Celtic Music Workshops

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 theContinue reading “Traditional Celtic Music Workshops”

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