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Apr 22, 2024 - 12:02:28 PM
1170 posts since 7/30/2021

Just wanted to leave a link for anybody interested! :-)
I don't think it's been mentioned on FHO.

https://swangathering.com/

Have friends going to "Celtic Week" and "Traditional Song" week. :-)
There is "Fiddle Week", "Old-Time" week, ""Banjo/Mando" week and "Guitar" week as well! 
( I long to go, but playing for that many hours/day for 5 days in a row is going to inflame my old repetitive stress injury....and I don't want to regress to that sad time when I couldn't play...:-(

Edited by - NCnotes on 04/22/2024 12:03:06

Apr 22, 2024 - 12:15:47 PM

1170 posts since 7/30/2021

And just wanna say...looking at the OT Week instructors...looks like there are talented young musicians keeping the tradition alive and buzzing! (in reference to other thread about decline of OT).

DougD, maybe you should sign up to teach! :-) 
Maybe you know some of these people...https://swangathering.com/catalog/ot/staff/

Edited by - NCnotes on 04/22/2024 12:18:55

Apr 22, 2024 - 12:38:20 PM
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DougD

USA

11892 posts since 12/2/2007

Yes, I know some of those people, though they don't look as "young" as I remember them.
I went briefly one year to do a master musician session with Lee Sexton. Bruce Greene was in the audience, and it was interesting to hear him and Lee talk about some of his tune collecting visits. We played a couple tunes in the evening concert and then I jammed with friends as long as I could. I had a good time and would recommend it to anyone who wants an immersive musical experience.
You don't have to play all the time you know. You can also listen or just socialize, although that might not be worth the price of admission.

Edited by - DougD on 04/22/2024 12:43:40

Apr 23, 2024 - 7:54:57 AM

1170 posts since 7/30/2021

Yea…so tempting! My flute friend is going. But, one hour of concentrated playing and I feel it in my left hand/elbow. I better not. :-(

( And I did this to myself not with violin/fiddle, but with classical guitar! Small hand doing big reaches on a standard size guitar. I felt uncomfortable…but I didn’t mention it to teacher because I thought, it’s normal to be a bit uncomfortable when learning to do new stuff. Then I woke up one morning with my left hand swollen…and it’s never been totally normal since. Frustratingly, afterward I learned that they make “short scale” guitars…)

Anyway -
cool that you know some of the teachers/performers, I thought that you would! :-)

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