Oisín Mac Diarmada & Samantha Harvey

Join us for a fun evening of Sligo music, Wednesday, October 24, with Oisín and Samantha at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro.

6PM: the sligo style WORKSHOP: $15 IMSC Students/$20 public
+$20 for tunebook

Oisín will explore the historic Sligo fiddle style which continues to influence Irish fiddling to this day. Oisín’s recent Fiddlers of Sligo Tunebook (compiled with Sligo accordionist Daithí Gormley) includes transcriptions of 52 tunes from the recorded repertoire of 22 historic Sligo fiddlers who grew up in Sligo in the era beginning 1884, along with commentary about the Sligo fiddle style. The transcriptions are an attempt to encapsulate the main melodic elements inherent in the Sligo fiddle tradition, and preserve interesting versions of tunes which risk being lost with time.

The workshop is pitched at players who have a basic mastery of their instrument, but beginning players and everyone else interested in listening and learning are indeed very welcome to participate.

Oisín Mac Diarmada began playing fiddle in Clare at a young age. After moving to Sligo in 1989, he developing a deep interest in the beautiful intricacies of the music played in Sligo. Founder of the group Téada in 2001, Oisín has travelled the world as a performer and as a teacher. Solo performances have included specialist music festivals such as Masters of Tradition in West Cork, accompanying Irish President Mary McAleese on a State visit to Romania and with guest solo appearances performing Charlie Lennon’s Island Wedding with the Southern Georgia Symphony Orchestra (USA) and the Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen (Germany).

Providing masterful accompaniment on piano, Samantha Harvey originally from Ventura, California now living in Sligo, is also an award-winning step dancer. Samantha's energetic dance and musical performances on stage has seen her become an increasingly prominent touring performer and teacher.

$10 Irish music school students
$15 public