Caitlín nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh in Montague, MA–March 11

Hot Irish fiddle and concertina tunes, plus musicians’ workshops!

Award-winning musicians in their own right, Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciarán Ó Maonaigh are quickly becoming one of the foremost duets in Ireland today. Their music & dance is rooted in the tradition; full of spirit, soul and life. Together on fiddle, concertina and dance, they breath fire into traditional tunes, combining the two arts with enough chemistry and energy to fire a small steam engine. This tour will be their first as a performing duo in the United States.

Tuesday 11 March
28 Center St Montague Mass

6:00 pm * musicians workshops
— two workshops: concertina and fiddle

7:30 pm * potluck
— if you’re not in a workshop, arrive earlier with food to share!

8:00pm * concert

suggested donations
$15 workshop
$10-20 sliding scale concert
$25 workshop & concert

This will be a rare opportunity to hear two of the best young performers of Irish traditional music. Expect a lively and energetic performance on fiddle and concertina from musicians from Ireland, Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. The concert will also feature traditional step dancing from Caitlín, who has toured with Riverdance. Both were raised in musical households – Ciarán comes from the well-known Ó Maonaigh family in Donegal’s Gaeltacht, Gaoth Dobhair, and both of Caitlín’s parents are enthusiasts – her father, a fiddler and her mother, a dancer. This concert will get your foot tapping and your heart racing! Not to be Missed!

We will teach Irish traditional tunes at a pace that suits the class. Best if the learners have been playing for a couple of years. We will help with any technical issues, bad habits, how to hold the instrument properly, correct fingering etc and answer any questions they may have. If the learners are able, we will touch on more advanced features of traditional music such as ornamentation, chords, position work, and double stopping. Fiddle workshop will be taught by ear (no notation). Please bring along a recording device and pen & paper if you wish.

(Workshops will be at the same time, in different spaces.)


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