Irish Folk – Group Course

  • 16.01.17 - 27.03.17

A spring series of Folk Group sessions with traditional fiddle star Emma Sweeney and guitarist Paul Cowham. Learn to play Irish folk tunes and styles on any instrument.

This established and informal folk group course with Emma Sweeney focuses on traditional Irish folk with an emphasis on authentic style, ornamentation and embellishment. The ten week course (plus performance) is open to players of any instrument including whistle, flute, accordion, harmonica and guitar. If you and your instrument can carry a tune or a chord sequence then you can play it in these sessions. We’ve even had cello and trombone taking part!

Sessions include support for guitarists, banjo and mandolin players from Paul Cowham, giving tips on accompanying styles and putting chords to the tunes as they are learned.

There will be group performance opportunities to play with Emma at local folk sessions and in the Picturehouse Bar on Monday 3 April.

“A great way to learn some traditional tunes, improve aural skills and learn about how to play in an authentic Irish style.” – course participant.

This course is for intermediate to advanced players of all backgrounds (including jazz, classical, rock, pop and world music). Experience of playing in folk styles is obviously an advantage, although not compulsory. Tunes are learned largely by ear with supporting resources including audio and notation available online as the course progresses.

If you are not sure about your level or the suitability of your instrument to the course please contact for some guidance.

This course is brought to you by Brighter Sound and Band on the Wall.

N.B Concession places are subject to production of proof of eligibility at first session.