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Traditional Irish Music Ensemble (Session) Playing
with Chris Gray
LATE REGISTRATIONS WELCOME! The class will give students of all abilities an opportunity to play traditional Irish and other Celtic tunes with others. Both melody and accompaniment strategies will be explored and practiced, allowing students to gain confidence as they expand their musical repertoires. Emphasis will be on playing by ear, without music, emulating how traditional music has been done for centuries. Students are encouraged to bring along their traditional acoustic instruments including, but not limited to: whistle, flute, Irish (Uilleann) pipes, Scottish smallpipes, bodhran, violin, button boxes, accordions, harp, guitar, bazooka, banjo, mandolin, keyboard, ukulele, dulcimer, cello, bones, spoons, melodica. No class 11/22/18. Makeup class (if needed) 12/06/18.
Chris Gray plays the bagpipes and bodhrá with musicians in Maine and Ireland. Chris studied at Gaelic College in Cape Breton and University College Cork in Ireland, where he received his Diploma in Irish Traditional Music and his MA in Ethnomusicology.
Chuck Whitney has been a science educator in Hancock County public schools and adjunct college faculty member for 27 years. He has been playing Celtic music and making musical instruments for the last 17 years.