Springboard Retreat

  Monday 28 January 2019

With Aindrias de Staic ~ March ~ Booking Open

We’re very excited to announce that Aindrias de Staic will be  tutoring our third Springboard Retreat. Booking is now open for our 2019 Springboard which runs from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th March.

Find out more, and book, here.

This retreat is aimed at competently skilled fiddlers. Aindrias will bring an exciting new perspective to the retreat with his effervescent personality and background in community music and vibrant gypsy musical style.

This retreat will look at ways of being bold, brave and fully expressing the passion within, through the music in the current moment, even if it means to sacrifice some the technical structures.

Aindrias De Staic

Throughout the weekend we will break out of the ordinary mould of “trad” through exploratory workshops exploring technique, style and expression including:

  • Heavy chords and what they achieve in Traditional fiddle tunes
  • Bowing, not bowing & beyond bowing
  • North South East West. Beyond the regional styles of Ireland to explore Greek tunes, Roma Gypsy, Bluegrass, Indian Ragas, Calypso
  • Brief study on  Mickey Finn via analogue recordings and the travelling fiddlers of Mayo “the Rainey Brothers”
  • Inspiration, Expression and Passion in Performance
  • The Raw Bar – finesse versus rough edge in reference to individual expression
  • The story of the tune, and the story beneath the tune
  • Lilting workshop – getting to the crux of the tune, as you feel it yourself “if you can say it, you can play it”
  • Playing from the different chakras – where does the soul of your music come from?

The Retreat includes accommodation and catering.

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