Guitar workshop with Brendan Taaffe - Oct 3rd 2010 DADGAD guitar back-up for dance tunes
Sunday Oct 3rd 2010 — Instrumental workshop for guitar players with Brendan Taaffe. DADGAD guitar back-up for dance tunes at the Canaan Rd workshop from 2:30-4:30 pm. It will be open to all guitar players, intermediate level and up. $20- each participant. RSVP’s are requested as the number of participants is limited. Email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat. Brendan has a Masters in Performance from the Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick.
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Quote from Brendan: “In this workshop, we’ll learn how to back up jigs and reels in DADGAD. The open feel and ringing strings of this popular tuning are particularly appropriate for backing fiddle tunes, for both rhythmic and harmonic reasons that we’ll discuss. Whether you’ll be backing Irish tunes in a session or laying it down for a contra dance, we’ll focus on getting your right hands on the right track. When I play for a dance, I think of myself as the engine that drives the dancers, and that all comes from my right hand. We’ll also look at different chord voicings, bass lines, and substitutions that create solid, interesting back-up. The open-ended feel of DADGAD means that we have a lot of harmonic options at our disposal. Please bring a guitar tuned to DADGAD and a thin pick—no special strings or set up needed: just tune your guitar to D-A-D-G-A-D from low to high. Feel free to record the workshop. I’m looking forward to sharing some tunes and ideas.”
Brendan has a Masters in Performance from the Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick. While he was there, he studied and played with many of the top Irish players. He is now based in Brattleboro VT, where he is an anchor in the contra dance scene, playing for dance weekends and major festivals. http://www.brendantaaffe.com/
Lauded for “playing with heart as well as virtuosity,” Brendan Taaffe is a prominent guitarist, fiddler and singer in New England’s thriving contra dance and Irish music community. Brendan honed his driving guitar style and deep knowledge of the Irish tradition while living in Limerick and playing regularly in sessions. Now based in Vermont, Brendan has played at festivals, concerts and dances throughout North America and Europe with his band Magic Foot and other ensembles. Awarded a Master’s Degree in music performance in 2005 from the Irish World Music Centre at University of Limerick, Brendan has received grants in 2005 and 2009 from the Vermont Arts Council for further study.
With Magic Foot, Brendan has released two albums (Stomping Ground in 2009, an eponymous E.P. in 2008), recorded with Northern Harmony in 2005, and has two solo albums. His debut solo album, Come Sit By My Chair, was released in 2003, “offering a seamless blend of fiddling, traditional and new songs, contemporary folk, and a sampling of Taaffe’s songwriting skills and his infectious voice.” (The Rutland Herald). He is also the author of Handy with the Stick, a book about Irish fiddling, and the founder of Turtle Dove, an organization that sponsors harmony singing for adults.
Since 2001, Brendan has been a regular contributor to Fiddler Magazine, a great publication that covers all styles of traditional fiddling. Recently, many of the articles he had written for the magazine were compiled in to book called Handy with the Stick, published by Mel Bay. http://www.melbay.com/product.asp?ProductID=21805
“I love your music, love what it means to you, love that you respect the tradition so deeply but are not too serious to laugh out loud while playing the Hare in the Corn.” — Vermont Arts Council Logo