The weekend of October 2nd is almost upon us and with it the 2004 Al Purcell Irish Music Gathering in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Pipers, fiddlers, celtic guitarists (new this year), whistlers and flutists, and reed makers need only to show up at The Ark at 8:00 Saturday morning with registration fee in hand. Although pre-registration is preferred we will not turn anyone away who shows up at the last minute.
The Ark, located at 316 S. Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, is again sponsoring the venue for the Saturday workshops in uilleann piping, reed making, fiddle, and flute/whistle, as well as the Saturday evening concert. There will also be a Friday night concert at Chapel Hill Condiminium Clubhouse (map and details at <www.alpurcell.com>.
Instructors this year are Pat Hutchinson and Tyler Duncan, both teaching the Intermediate and Advanced pipers. Each instructor will take each class for half a day, giving more students the benefit of both instructors.
Seth Gallagher is back with us again this year using the same "open class" format which was so successful last year.
New this year for fiddle is Brian Taheny, and Loretto Reid teaching Irish flute & whistle.
A new class in celtic rhythm guitar will be taught by Jesse Mason of the band Millish. Geared toward intermediate and advanced level guitarists, Jesse will be teaching the technique, rhythmic strumming, ornamentation and music theory that is used in accompanying a melody instrument in the celtic style.
Visit the website at <http://www.alpurcell.com> for more details on the workshops, instructors, schedule, maps, etc. This site is under frequent update so if what you're looking for is not there today, check again tomorrow. If you still can't find what you're looking for or would like to see additional info placed on the website please email me at [log in to unmask]
Slán go fóill,
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