Denver Celtic Music

Tune-Song Workshop with Brian Ó hAirt

Written on 29 November 2017   By   in Celtic music, Concerts, Irish music

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Brian Ó hAirt, singer, instrumentalist, and dancer, will be offering a workshop and a concert in Boulder on Saturday, December 2nd.

Brian is the only American to have ever won the All Ireland senior singing competition. He is a fluent Irish speaker, and has an extensive knowledge of the history of the music. His repertoire is largely from the Conamara region. You can read more about Brian on his website, here:

His workshop is not to be missed. A full description of the workshop from Brian can be found below. Highly recommended for both singers and instrumentalists — anyone interested in the Irish music tradition.


Workshop Description from Brian:

Tune-Song workshop

“The vocal music of Ireland encompasses the breadth of human emotion. From heartbreaking laments to songs of emigration and deportation to florid love songs, much of what one encounters within the Irish tradition are songs fully formed and relating a narrative. There are, however, forms of mouth music and ‘silly’ songs that utilize melodies that have either been pulled from the instrumental tradition or have found their way into its repertoire. Often extemporaneous and requiring a nimble tongue and hearty lungs, these songs utilize vocables and humorous language in Irish and English to convey a melody very much aligned with dance music. Come experience both sides of this tradition—the songs and tunes—in a workshop aimed at both singers and instrumentalists. Expand your knowledge and repertoire of the tradition, explore ideas of phrasing and lift, and gain an understanding of the elements of style that can be applied to singer and musician alike. Lyrics and sheet music will be available but emphasis will be placed on learning by ear so please bring a recording device.”


Saturday, 2 December

4:00-6:00 PM Workshop: $35. Plan to arrive a 10 minutes early to park and settle in.

6:00-7:00 PM Potluck Dinner Break: Very casual. Bring a dinner for yourself with the option of sharing.

7:00 Doors

7:30 Concert: $10-$20 Suggested Donation (Free for Workshop Attendees).

1-hour session to follow the concert performance. Bring your instrument and your voice!

Location: The home of Debra and Russell Agee, Sunshine Canyon, Boulder



Space is limited. For Address and Directions, please email Adam with “BRIAN” somewhere in the subject line and include:

›› Your phone number (to reach you in case of last minute instructions)

›› The number of people in your party

›› Whether you will attend the workshop, concert, or both

›› Note: Advance ticket purchase is not required. Please come with cash or check, and consider bringing some extra money to purchase CDs from the artists!

Email Adam with subject “BRIAN”:

Email RSVPs will be accepted up until noon on Friday, December 1. After that, please call or text Adam directly at (720) 975-6232 or(303) 440-4148 (the landline at the venue).


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