Above: Sean nós dancer, Edwina Guckian, who will be one of the tutors at Féile na Tána in February
Féile na Tána, the annual traditional music weekend in Carlingford, has returned to an online format for the second year in a row as a result of the ongoing difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite this – or perhaps in some cases because of this, the event has managed to secure an illustrious panel of tutors – all ranked among the leading exponents in their respective disciplines – to lead the online workshops which will take place on February 5 and 6.
Fiddle advanced Bríd Harper
Fiddle intermediate Zoë Conway
Whistle advanced Mary Bergin
Whistle intermediate Des Cafferkey
Uilleann Pipes Mick O Brien
Harp Cormac De Barra
Flute Kevin Crawford
Accordian [C#/D Box] Máirtín Ó Connor
Concertina Caitlín Nic Gabhann
Singing Julie Fowlis
Banjo Gerry ‘Banjo’ O’Connor
Bodhrán Jim Higgins
Guitar John Mc Intyre
Bouzouki Éamon Doorley
Sean nós dancing Edwina Guckian
Each tutor has prepared a video workshop specially for Féile na Tána with a mix of chat about technique, ornamentation, and some tunes. The workshops are 30-45 minutes long and have been pre-recorded and edited. For a €20 fee, students will have access to the video for one month, and can start and stop the video at the touch of a button. Students can also use the slower speed button in YouTube to assist learning if required.
And if you were thinking that the tutors would make a great line-up for a concert, Féile Director Zoë Conway has already had the same thought. So on Saturday February 5 at 7pm, a specially curated and pre-recorded video featuring all of the tutors.will be streamed online on the Féile na Tána Facebook page and YouTube channel.
On Sunday February 6 a special festival concert featuring pre-recorded footage of outstanding young musicians from the local area and further afield will be streamed at 4pm on the Féile na Tána Facebook page and YouTube channel.
at 4pm which will be shared live online on the Féile na Tána Facebook and YouTube channel.
More information – including booking forms – is available at https://www.feilenatana.com/e