Student, guest and instructor-led workshops are an important part of our music camp targeting your musical interests such as learning tips, arranging tunes, music theory, sound production and much more. See our camp SCHEDULE for the times and days of these workshops.
Anything BUT Jigs and Reels – TBA
This workshop is about expanding our repertoire to include some tunes from less well-known Irish tune types– slides, polkas, mazurkas, marches, etc. We’ll try new tunes slowly and play them a few times, and record them for home learning. Students are welcome to bring less common tune types they’d like to share, as well!
Bodhrán Friendly Session – TBA
Yes, you read it right. We take session etiquette and toss it out the window (just for today). Bodhrán players are invited to gather together with a few well-miked melody players for a session without the normal constraints of multiple bodhrán at a session. This is your chance to enjoy 60 minutes of solid drumming, whether it is your main instrument or not come join us. Musicians of all flavors and levels are welcome as well for yet another chance to get in some session time during the retreat. All types of tunes will be played and Cara will available for guidance and assistance when needed.
Harp Circle – TBA
Essentially, a session for harpists that focuses on melodies that are commonly played in the Irish music tradition on harp.
Instrument Petting Zoo – TBA
Of all the O’Flaherty instruments, about the only ones you can find in music stores are fiddles and guitars. If you have ever thought that someday you might want to take up the pipes or the harp or the box or whatever, this is for you. Come to the Petting Zoo where skilled and friendly musicians will let you try out all the classic Irish traditional instruments and give you your first mini-lesson for free. Cuddle a concertina, befriend a button accordion, pet the pipes, flirt with a flute, beat a bodhran, wield a whistle, brandish a bouzouki, massage a mandolin, burst into banjo, and hug a harp today! This is your best opportunity to see what it feels like to play these things and get first hand advice on how to get started. If you are interested in purchasing a used instrument, we will host an O’Flaherty Fleadh Market during the same time and in the same area as the Instrument Petting Zoo. For details, go to MARKET.
Retreat Tunes Played Slowly – TBA
Each year, a number of common session tunes are designated as “Retreat Tunes” and published well in advance of the retreat. Two times during the weekend, an instructor will lead students in the playing of these tunes at a slower tempo, so that all players can participate and get the experience of playing with a bunch of other musicians. The tunes are arranged into sets, so that you have a full set of tunes to play at your local session or at O’Flaherty’s. For this year’s tunes, go to RETREAT TUNES.