The First Annual Irish Old Time Appalachian Music Gathering
Welcome to the First Irish Old Time Gathering convening on 16-18 February 2018, with the intention of bringing together Appalachian music enthusiasts from across Ireland, and also welcoming experienced old-time musicians from the US and UK. The main venue will be the Roadside Tavern and the adjoining Burren Storehouse, located just off the main street in Lisdoonvarna. This is a historic and prize-winning Co Clare hostelry, with a fine music tradition and reputation for its food. It is also one of a handful of micro-brewery pubs in Ireland, stocking its own famed Gold, Red and Stout beers. Depending on numbers, additional sessions/jams will take place at other pubs and the Burren Hostel, all within a couple of minutes’ walk away. Just as in the Appalachian music tradition in the US, this will be a gathering of musicians rather than a festival with paid performers. The core activity will be jam sessions, with Irish-based musicians from across the country able to meet up to play and swop tunes  In addition, we expect to have a number of visiting musicians from the US and UK, veterans of the Old Time scene, able to share their experience. One of our organizers, Bob Denton, who grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains playing traditional musc, won first place in the banjo competition at the National Old Time Fiddle Contest and Festival in Weiser, Idaho in 2016. He has also won ribbons at the Galax and Union Grove fiddlers conventions. There will be workshops available for those who wish to brush up their fiddle and banjo repertoire, or learn some dance steps. On Saturday evening there will be a barn dance with a caller.   Dan Levenson, the world famous Fiddler,  Claw hammer Banjo player and Old Time Guitarist will be our guest musician and teacher. Dan has written many of the Mel Bay books on Old Time Music for fiddle, banjo and guitar and is a wealth of information on the music. His workshops at festivals, camps and other venues are always filled to capacity. Dan will be running various workshops as well as performing and leading the main jams. This is an opportunity to learn from the best without crossing the pond. The cost for the weekend is just €15 per participant, or €10 for those registering by the 31st of January 2018. The cost of workshops to be announced. Non-participants may attend the barn-dance and listen to  jam sessions for €10 on Saturday night (from 8pm).
February 16th - 18th 2018 The Roadside Tavern Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, Ireland
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