Stylistic Features of Irish Fiddling for Intermediate/Advanced Players w/ Oisín Mac Diarmada

Sunday 11/29 - 2:00 to 4:00 pm


An exploration of some of the techniques and traits associated with Irish fiddling, demonstrated with the aid of archival recordings. (Maximum class size 10 students)

Education from Trinity College Dublin/RIAM, Oisín Mac Diarmada began playing fiddle at a young age in Co. Clare, subsequently moving to Co. Sligo and developing a deep interest in the playing style of the North Connacht region.

Following the release of acclaimed solo album, "Ar an bhFidil" (Green Linnet) in 2003, Oisín was subsequently featured in renowned US magazine “Strings” and described by The Irish Echo's Earle Hitchner as "one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today." Founder of noted group Téada, Oisín is a regular solo performer, having appeared as guest soloist with the Southern Georgia Symphony Orchestra in the US, performed at specialist music festivals such as Masters of Tradition, as well as accompanying Irish President Mary McAleese on a State visit to Romania.

Teaching activity has included tutoring at Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina, Catskills Irish Arts Week in New York, Willie Clancy Summer School in Co. Clare, and South Sligo Summer School in Co. Sligo. Awarded a Research Studentship by Dundalk Institute of Technology, Oisín is currently completing postgraduate studies under the direction of Dr. Fintan Vallely in the area of “Political Identity & Movement to Music”.

You can register for classes and workshops through the Freight box office in person with cash, check, or credit card. Or mail a completed registration form and check for tuition to:

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2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

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