One of the wonderful things about having so many nations side by side in Europe, each with a different but related history, is that the continent is packed with musical treasures- some in plain sight, some virtually unknown to the rest of the world. In this workshop we will take an imaginary journey from the Atlantic coast in the west of Ireland, and travel eastwards all the way to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, learning a tune in each country we pass through. The countries we will pass through are Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. For each of these I will teach you a tune and tell you a little about the style and ornamentation which is appropriate, and something of the history and background to the musical styles. Sheet music for all eight tunes will be provided in advance. If you are a good reader it is not necessary to study them in advance.
Fiddling Across Europe – Chris Haigh