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Tom Morley's Dec. Zoom "New To Irish Trad Fiddle Workshop & Slow Session

Friday, December 4, 2020

By popular demand, I've created a special ZOOM workshop for fiddlers who have recently become interested in playing Irish Traditional tunes. Monday Dec. 7th at 6:00pm ET I'll lead a combined workshop and slow session featuring a playlist of ten classic tunes in ten different types/styles, explaining the unique characteristics of each type (and how to identify them) along the way. I'll also explain the finer details of session etiquette, offer some helpful hints on learning tunes by ear, and take questions throughout. Participants will also receive music sheets for all tunes and more! Fee is only $15. Contact me at to sign up for this Zoom workshop I've tailored specifically for everyone who's "NEW TO TRAD"!

Like to see the playlist in advance? Here it is:

1. John Ryan's Polka (Irish POLKA in D)

2. Swallowtail Jig (Irish JIG in Em)

3. Road to Lisdoonvarna (Irish SLIDE in Em)

4. The Merry Blacksmith (Irish REEL in D)

5. Harvest Home (Irish HORNPIPE in D)

6. Dawning of the Day (Irish MARCH in D)

7. The Butterfly (Irish SLIPJIG in Em)

8. Southwind (Irish SLOW AIR in G)

9. Shebeg & Shemore (O'CAROLAN tune in D)

10. Lucy Farr's Barndance (Irish BARNDANCE in G)

Ten classic tunes representing ten Irish tune types!

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Playing Since: 1960
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

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Occupation: professional violinist/fiddler

Gender: Male
Age: 70

My Instruments:
1914 Milan (unknown maker); 1914 Strad copy "Grand Solo Violin" on scroll (Wurlitzer?); London 5-string from Gary Bartig,;
bows by Coda & N. D. Crowder, Nashville TN

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Celtic: Altan, Lunasa, Solas, Wake The Dead, Brock McGuire Band, Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, Aladair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Manus McGuire
Acoustic/Bluegrass: Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, The Greencards, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush, Aubrey Haynie, Jay Ungar, Bruce Molsky

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D'Addario Artist Tom Morley’s career spans over thirty years and a host of genres. He’s played Celtic, Bluegrass, classical, swing, Americana, and Country Honky-Tonk, earning an RIAA Certified Gold Record award for his work with “new traditionalist” country artist John Anderson. Classically trained with a degree in music education, Tom has followed his passion for Irish Traditional Music for the past two decades as a soloist and with various groups, including Mithril (an Alabama-based Celtic/World music quartet that released seven albums and performed concerts, including as guest artists with symphonies, across the US) and the Irish Folk trio Stringer’s Ridge, his newest project since moving to Chattanooga, TN in 2017. He has made multiple trips to Ireland, learning from and playing alongside master musicians of the genre, including Manus McGuire, Liz Carroll, Frankie Gavin, Maurice Lennon, Charlie Piggott, John Whelan and Thomas Walsh. He’s also opened for We Banjo 3, Solas, and the Brock McGuire Band and performed with Cherish The Ladies. Tom teaches privately and has been on the faculty of fiddle workshops and string camps around the US, including the original O’Connor Method Camps, American Music Camp Maine, Strings Without Boundaries (including the 2020 online version), Fiddle Hell Gathering, SCOR Adult String Camp Atlanta, Allegheny Mountain Virginia String Project and for the world-renown John C. Campbell Folk School. He is the first International affiliate for the Online Irish Fiddle Certification Program for the Leinster School of Music and Drama at Griffith College Dublin. He’s had an online presence through his regular contributions to iFiddle e-magazine, and the library of video lessons he created for the online publication between 2014-2019 is now available on his YouTube channel as well. You'll find him live streaming most every Monday night on his personal Facebook page, where he's been leading a Play Along Irish Session since March 2020 because of COVID-19. Tom is the author of several popular fiddle instructional books (distributed through Shar Music), including "Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle" and the "Fiddle Club Favorites for Strings" series, a collection of folk and fiddle tunes for beginning players, available for violin, viola, cello, and mandolin.

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