Celtic Junction Arts Center

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Music and Dance Workshops, August 16-17

Presented by The Center for Irish Music and The Celtic Junction

All workshops in music and dance will take place at the Celtic Junction at 836 Prior Avenue North.  To register, please email admin@centerforirishmusic.org

Ailie/Harp, Fiona/Tunes, Cillian/Guitar, Ivonne/Step-dance

Ailie Robertson, Irish & Scottish Harp

Tues Aug 16 IRISH HARP, 7:00-8:30 $25

This workshop is for harpists who already have good technique and can work at a moderate pace. World-class harpist, Ailie Robertson will address harp-specific ornamentation and left-hand accompaniment styles for Irish music as she delves into traditional tunes from different regions of Ireland.  Taught aurally, music will be given at the end.

Wed Aug 17 SCOTTISH HARP, 7:00-8:30, int-adv $25

This workshop is for harpists who already have good technique and can work at a moderate pace. World-class harpist, Ailie Robertson will examine what makes Scottish harp technique unique from other styles through a strathspey and an air.  Taught aurally, music will be given at the end.

Ailie Robertson from Edinburgh is widely regarded as one of Scotland's leading young traditional musicians. She is a musician in the broadest sense: composer, arranger, teacher, improviser and harp virtuoso. Her accomplishment on the clarsach is such that leading Irish flautist Niall Keegan said: "Ailie's synthesis of Irish, Scottish and contemporary harping technique into an individual style represents the realisation of otherwise unimagined possibilities for the Celtic harp."

Ailie grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was immersed in the harp world from an early age. She began playing the clarsach when she was eleven years old and through her piano and clarsach lessons she developed a love for both classical and traditional music. Having gained a first class honours degree at Cambridge University, Ailie took the Traditional Music Performance course at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, graduating with a first class MA in 2006, helped by a scholarship from the ESU in recognition of her 'virtuosic harp playing. www.ailierobertson.com - www.theoutsidetrack.com

Fiona Black - Cape Breton & Scottish Tunes

Tues Aug 16, 7:00-8:30 - Cape Breton Tunes $25
For any intermediate to advanced instrumentalist who can learn tunes by ear at a moderate pace, Fiona will play and teach a range of Cape Breton tunes, both modern and traditional.  Please bring a recording device to this workshop.

Wed Aug 17, 7:00-8:30 - Scottish Tunes $25
For any intermediate to advanced instrumentalist who can learn tunes by ear at a moderate pace, Fiona will play and teach a range of Cape Breton tunes, both modern and traditional.  Please bring a recording device to this workshop.

From the Highland village of Evanton, Fiona Black developed a love of music and dance from a young age. The feisean movement provided her the opportunity to nurture her passion through learning to play the piano accordion. Fiona went on to attend the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music where she honed her skills as an accordionist and gained valuable experience arranging, performing, composing and recording.

Being a Highland girl who is always up for a challenge and a new adventure, Fiona set off for Limerick in 2005 where she completed a BA with Honours in Irish Music and Dance. During this degree, Fiona further developed her skills in Cape Breton where she learned about the the style and repertoire of that distinctive Eastern Canadian musical tradition. www.fionablackmusic.com - www.theoutsidetrack.com

Cillian O'Dálaigh - Variations in Irish Tunes & Guitar Accompaniment

Tues Aug 16 7:00-8:30 - Guitar Accompaniment $25

Explore the different techniques and approaches of traditional guitar accompaniment in standard tuning and drop D. Cillian will show demonstrate progressions that are versatile and can be adapted to fit around many different tunes, with attention to detail where tunes call for it.

Wed Aug 17 7:00-8:30 - Variations $25

In this workshop for intermediate to advanced Irish tune players, Cillian will explain how to create variations to spice up your personal style.  Using commonly-played session tunes, he will walk you through the process of how to break tune down into phrases, creating musical space for simple variations and then how to blend them into your favourite tunes.

Born In Hamburg, Germany to a German mother and an Irish father, Cillian O'Dálaigh has been surrounded by Irish music since he was young. As a child, Cillian learned his music from his father who played with a band called Cromlach.  The family moved to Ireland when Cillian was 8 years of age and Irish music quickly became a major part of their family life with the formation of Trazz, a family band including all the O'Dálaigh brothers, one sister and their father.

Performing on stage with Trazz since he was fourteen, Cillian has toured extensively in Ireland, Germany, France and the UK as both a guitarist and flute player. Cillian has recently graduated with a BA in Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick.

Ivonne Hernandez - Intro to Ottawa Valley Step-dance

Wed Aug 17 - 7:00-8:30 $25

Come and try a new kind of step dancing!  Explore different steps and techniques from Ontario's own step dancing tradition.

All workshops will take place at the Celtic Junction at 836 Prior Avenue North.  To register, please email admin@centerforirishmusic.org.