Ireland, 20 July 2021:
Irish traditional music is among the most evocative in the world, from the keening vocal lament of a Sean-nós song to the uplifting trill of the tin whistle. It’s also one of Europe’s most resilient folk music traditions and has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent decades throughout Ireland, the UK, the USA and everywhere the Irish diaspora has settled.
A number of stars of the Irish music scene gathered at a house in the cultural hub of County Clare in the west of Ireland recently and set about imparting their tremendous knowledge and skills in a series of video lessons. The result is an exceptional suite of free online courses created exclusively for Alison and taught by arguably some of the most gifted musicians in Ireland today.
The classes are the brainchild of Alison CEO Mike Feerick, who contacted singer and fiddle player Doireann Ní Ghlacáin through the Irish language TV station TG4 where she presents live traditional music shows. Doireann, who teaches the fiddle lessons on the course, organised the recordings, filmed by fellow musician Liam O’Brien. A native Irish speaker, Doireann’s grandfather, was the composer Seán Ó Riada who is widely hailed as instigating the 20th-century revival of the traditional Irish music scene.
Doireann said: “It’s been a pleasure to get some of the best artists I know together to make these courses. They’re all experienced teachers as well as working musicians and generous with their time and expertise. We all learnt our craft from those before us, and it’s our responsibility and a privilege to pass what we know on to the next generation.”
The set includes free online certified courses at Beginner, Beginner 2 and Intermediate Levels in fiddle, Irish traditional guitar, bodhrán, flute, tin whistle, concertina, button accordion and voice. The tutors include Nell Ní Chróinín, singer with well-known group Danú, who teaches the Sean-nós singing courses, and Dermot Sheedy, drummer with top band Hermitage Green, who teaches the bodhrán courses. All are performers, recording artists or former national champions in their instrument. Not only will students of the course gain the skills to start or continue mastering these enriching instruments, but they can also get a certificate to confirm their achievement by completing the courses’ assessments.
For Mike Feerick, Alison CEO, having the courses published has been a labour of love. He said: “We are delighted to make lessons on how to play Irish Traditional Music across a wide variety of instruments accessible for free to anyone anywhere across the globe. Irish Music is a powerful part of Irish Culture and in our experience as a country of emigrants, we have brought our music to the four corners of the world. If you are going to learn how to play a musical instrument, it is wonderful to be able to learn for free from the very best experts, and that is what this new series of free courses from Alison provides.”
These are just the first set of courses especially commissioned by Alison, Mike’s vision is for courses covering many of the world’s music traditions through the newly launched World Music Project (Alison).
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