Saturday 13th October, Classes in Scoil Mhuir, Eircode: F42 HW56 – 10am – 1pm (€25 – family discounts available)

Tutors: Orlaith McAuliffe (Flute); Eileen O’Brien (Fiddle); Daithi Gormley (Accordion); Caroline Keane (Concertina); Dr. Geraldine Cotter (Piano accompaniment);

Órlaith McAuliffe - Flute

Feilie Strokestown is proud and happy to welcome back Órlaith McAuliffe to feature in our flute workshops for 2017. Órlaith has been crowned All Ireland Champion no fewer than 19 times, including on both flute and whistle in 2011. As well as being a highly accomplished performer, Órlaith is also an original and prolific composer many of whose distinctive compositions can be heard in many a fine session in London and beyond.

Órlaith was the Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2016 from the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards!

Dr Geraldine Cotter - Piano Accompaniment

Geraldine Cotter grew up in Ennis in a very musical family. Her mother was her first teacher and many of her family are professionally involved in music. She is a sister of Eamonn, flute player and flute maker. In the 70’s she studied music in UCC. Her Irish music lecturer at the time was Micheál Ó Súilleabháin

Since leaving Cork she has written two tutors, one in 1983 ‘Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Tutor’ which was published by Ossian Publications. In 1995 she wrote the first tutor for traditional Irish piano ‘Seinn an Piano’ also published by Ossian Publications. She also contributed to ‘The Companion to Irish Traditional Music’ edited by Fintan Vallely and published by Cork University Press 1999. As a teacher she has taught at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Blas Summer School which is run by the Irish World Music Centre at the University of Limerick, Tocane Irish Music Festival, Rhine Valley Irish Association Whit weekend festival, Aonach Paddy O Brien, Gaelic Roots in Boston College. She taught music as a secondary teacher for over 25 years and examined for the Department of Education and Science for many years. She now teaches at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.


Eileen O'Brien - Fiddle

Eileen comes from a family background that is steeped in the Irish tradition. Her father Paddy was instrumental in establishing the B/C style of button accordion playing as we know it today. Paddy was also one of the most prolific composers of traditional music. Her mother’s family,the “Seery” family, Dublin, were also well known musicians. Her late mother Eileen Seery was a singer. Eileen’s grandfather, Jim Seery played fiddle and was a founding member of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann. Eileen’s uncle Sean Seery was a piper and played in the famous “Leo Rowsome Pipe Quartet” along with Leo Rowsome, Willie Clancy and Tommy Reck.

Eileen is an All-Ireland champion in both senior fiddle and senior fiddle slow airs. She is also a composer and some of her compositions have been recorded by well known artists including John Carty and Josephine Marsh. Eileen also has an interest in liturgical music and has composed music for two masses, “Aifreann Baile Nua” and “Drúcht ar m’Ainm”.

Eileen has been teaching music for all of her adult life. She worked for over twenty years as a music teacher at St. Mary’s Secondary School , Nenagh. Eileen has performed and given masterclasses and lectures at various seminars and music events in many countries, U.S.A, Europe, China, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. She is a highly respected teacher and has influenced many aspiring fiddle players.

Eileen has recorded three solo cd’s to date, “Newtown Bridge”1999, “The Fiddler’s Choice”2005, “Aon le hAon” 2012.Eileen has recently joined with Clare musicians Andrew MacNamara (accordion) and Geraldine Cotter (Piano and Whistle) to form “The Boruma Trio”. Their new album “Gléas” was released in July of 2014. She has produced two publications, “The Compositions of Paddy O’Brien” 1991 and “The Definitive Collection of the Music of Paddy O’Brien” 2009 both with J.D.C. Publications.

Daithi Gormley - Accordion

Described by legendary accordion player Joe Burke as a ‘master musician’, Daithí Gormley is widely regarded as one of the finest Button Accordion players of his generation. Steeped in the rich musical heritage of his native county Sligo, his remarkably accomplished, debut album ‘Fiddling without a Bow – Irish Traditional Music on Button Accordion’ brings an expressive mix of old and new tunes played with an attention to detail conduit to past masters of Irish traditional music.

Caroline Keane - Concertina

Caroline was, from a young age, exposed to the richness of Limerick, west Limerick and Sliabh Luachra traditional music, an
influence which has become the cornerstone of her uniquely vibrant, passionate and emotive style of concertina playing. Now having toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada, America, Australia and New Zealand performing at festivals such as Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, Celtic Colours, Dublin Ohio Irish Fest, Woodford Folk Festival and many others in both solo and ensemble capacities, Caroline is truly a world musician.

At the age of seven, Caroline began taking tin whistle lessons at her local Comhaltas branch, and soon afterwards progressed on to concertina. Under the guidance of her teacher, Noel Hill, she developed proficiency in her art, and by fifteen, was performing both nationally and internationally.

In 2006, Caroline was awarded the prestigious Lán Mara award, in recognition of outstanding achievement in national music examinations.

Caroline has been playing concertina for more than twenty years and professionally since 2007. She achieved a first class honours while studying Irish traditional music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. She has most recently graduated from the university’s Master of Arts in Traditional Irish Music Performance, where she again achieved the coveted first class honours. Caroline is a prolific composer of contemporary Irish repertoire inspired by her interaction with traditional music on a local and national level, since studying composition within her BA degree.

In addition to her TTCT diploma in Irish traditional music teaching, Caroline also completed a Professional Diploma in Music Education in 2012. Her versed approach to tutelage is not only a testament to her musical expertise, but demonstrates the patience and empathy of experience. She is a regular performer and tutor at Irish, roots and folk music festivals all over the world, and teaches
and performs regularly around the South West of Ireland.

Since 2013, Caroline has been a member of the group FourWinds, performing “An exciting landscape of tunes and lyrics that present Irish traditional music in a modern and creative context”.

Caroline has just released a duet recording of traditional Irish music with uilleann piper Tom Delany entitled ‘Never Say Goodbye, Say Good Luck’ which has received rave reviews and international critical acclaim since its release. While on home soil, Caroline currently lives in Dingle, Co. Kerry, where she performs regularly. She is also in the process of completing her solo album.

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