All classes are taught in the traditional style, by ear, and students are expected to be familiar with playing traditional Irish music and comfortable learning by ear. The classes are not suitable for beginners. Most classes will be taught at an intermediate to advanced level. If you have any questions, or would like advice in evaluating your playing level, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Tutors for 2019
Dougal Adams is one of Australia’s finest flute players and has long been acknowledged, particularly among his peers, as one the Irish flute’s finest local exponents.
Glasgow born, Western Australian raised, Dougal’s love of traditional dance music began with the Highland pipes. In his late teens he became interested in Irish music and transferred to playing the tin whistle. A trip to Ireland in the early 1980s led to a fascination with the flute which has become his favoured instrument.
Over the years Dougal has performed with various groups and prior to moving to Melbourne, had a long running duo with concertina player Ormonde Waters which produced the recording “The Good Ear” He has also taught flute and presented workshops for Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann in Perth. In October 2015, Dougal with Ben Stephenson and Ado Barker of “Trouble in the Kitchen” fame, released their CD “The Freewheeler”.
Eileen O’Brien was born into a musical family. Her father was Paddy O’Brien: a musician, teacher and composer of Irish traditional music. Her mother’s branch of the family, were Jim Seery (fiddle player) and brother Sean Seery (Piper) who were both leading members of “The Pipers Club” in Dublin and also founder members of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Her musical achievements includes winning the All-Ireland Fiddle in 1980, the All-Ireland Slow Air Cin 1979. She has also toured extensively with many groups throughout the world and also given lectures and workshops both in Ireland and abroad, including the Minnesota Irish Music Centre (USA), Eire Le Festa Music Festival (Italy), Catskills Irish Arts Week (USA).
Watch and listen to Eileen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRwlL5YCjLE
Mary’s style of music is deeply set in the mellow rhythm and swing of east Clare having being fortunate to have played with the musical masters of the area such as Martin Rochford, P Joe Hayes, Bill Malley and Joe Bane. While Mary has performed mostly as a solo musician all over the world she has also toured with The Tulla Ceili Band, the all women group Macalla, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Catherine McEvoy and also Martin Hayes. Mary has recorded three solo albums followed by a duet album “The Lady’s Cup of Tea” with her daughter Sorcha Costello. “The Lady’s Cup of Tea” was described by Frankie Gavin as “Sincere, hypnotic and an overall delight”.
Watch and listen to Mary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4u3wqaYU84&feature=youtu.be
At the age of 10, Angela started tin whistle lessons with Marian Egan (Flannery) at St Wilfrid’s in Hulme and later began banjo lessons with Sully (Tony Sullivan) and then Bobby Tracey. In her early teens, Angela spent summers in Peterswell, frequently visiting the family home of celebrated box player Joe Cooley. She spent hours playing tunes on the whistle accompanied by Joe’s brother Jack on the bodhran. By the age of 15, Angela joined her first band Curragh and soon was teaching at her local Comalthas branch. A couple of years later, Angela was a founder member, with Mike McGoldrick and others, of the popular Manchester Celtic rock group Toss the Feathers. She played on their ‘Live at the 32’ release and first studio album Columbus Eclipse.
She has played Irish traditional music in Manchester for decades and is dedicated to perpetuating the music through successive generations in her home city, teaching and inspiring hundreds of local school age children.
The Gort Mile, Angela Usher’s first album, with tenor banjo taking centre stage, was released on Banjaxed Records in July 2018.
Watch and listen to Angela: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lraMpuojZsY