Ian Varley is a native of New York, and has made Austin TX his home for the last 14 years. His day job is writing software, but he’s been a professional touring and studio musician on and off since childhood. A recent convert to both Piano Accordion and traditional Irish music, he now holds down a weekly session in Austin, and he can always name a tune. Ian’s given well-received talks at O’Flaherty’s in recent years on tune learning, music theory, and music practice. This year, he’ll turn our attention to how to start and run sessions, and a deeper theoretical understanding of how Irish Music works.
Overall, I think the retreat was great. It truly is a 'retreat', i.e., you get a chance to get away from it all for a good solid weekend and enjoy learning new things, meeting new people, and having a great time. Good job to the organizers and the people that put the effort into this thing. Keep it up!