Celtic Fiddle Workshop

Jamie Laval              Cost: $15 WRFA Students/$20 General

Participants should have a modicum of basic skills and be able to play a few simple tunes.

Celtic music is about making people want to dance. We'll start by learning the generic, stripped down versions of several classic tunes (reels, jigs, strathspeys, hornpipes). As the class progresses we will add layers of dance-inducing devices into the tunes. Slurred bowings are one of the most requested concerns of students; we'll delve deeply into this area by learning the bowing patterns which provide the best groove. We'll work on different ways of putting rhythmic accents on specific notes and phrase endings to add excitement.

After introducing several kinds of Scottish and Irish-style ornaments, we'll work on using them to add rhythmic drive to the tune. I will discuss efficient practicing methods that yield the quickest results. As we go, I will often point out how tunes are constructed in organized patterns based on a few simple harmonies. I'll teach the class primarily by ear, but sheet music of tunes and bowing styles will be given for home study. We will encourage a fun, supportive learning environment in which no-one will be singled out. Audio recorders welcome.

Participants should have a rudimentary knowledge of fingering and bowing, and be able to play a few simple tunes. 

(1 class: June 20 / 4:30 - 6:30 PM / Ages 10 - Adult)


Wild Roots Fine Arts Center

450 West Main St, Forest City, NC

(purchase concert ticket separately below)


Jamie Laval and Megan McConnell:

A Musical Journey Through Celtic Lands

Family-friendly concert of Celtic music and mythic tales

Thursday, June 20, 7:30 PM

Wild Roots Fine Arts Center

450 West Main St, Forest City, NC

(open to public - $15 Adult / $10 Wild Roots/Workshop Student

(purchase concert tickets HERE)

Jamie and Megan take their audience on an exciting musical journey through Scotland, Ireland, and Brittany (Celtic France), evocatively re-imagining ancient love songs, toe-tapping peasant dances, and the recounting of mysterious tales from the Celtic world.

Recognized throughout the U.S. and Britain as one of the premier performers of traditional Scottish music on the international music scene today, Laval performed for Her Majesty the Queen, appeared on Dave Matthews platinum “Some Devil” album, and presented a TED Talk on the value of the arts and music in our communities. www.JamieLaval.com

Vocalist, Megan McConnell, is lauded for the ethereal, lyric beauty of her singing, her broad stylistic range, and her perky, theatrical performance sense.


Wild Roots Fine Arts Center

450 West Main Street

Forest City, NC 28043