SCHOOL NEWS - 22nd June 2017
As always the backbone of our tutors is the family of Birmingham
musicians, but this year we are also delighted to invite some
musicians from across the water and up the road. Matt Cranitch
and Marco Pollier are coming from Ireland to teach this year!
Matt Cranitch has an outstanding reputation as a teacher (link).
Marco is a legend from his time as a young pipe prodigy in
Bowing Styles of the Sligo Fiddle Masters
David Lyth is giving this interactive talk for the
inaugural Anne and Pat Molloy Summer School Lecture. One of the
things we have wanted to do on the Summer School for a while is
to tie back to some of the specifics of Pat’s teaching. Pat was
a huge devotee of the Sligo players of the early 20th century,
Michael Coleman in particular. The talk will be one of the
activity streams on Sunday morning and will last for about an
hour. David will talk about fiddle playing in general, and
Coleman, Morrison and Killoran in particular. You can then
listen to some fiddle classics, with David illustrating some of
the techniques on the fiddle. There will then be an open
discussion, followed by an opportunity for everyone to play Lord
Gordon together as a fun way to finish off. David has produced 3
highly acclaimed books on fiddle bowing and these can be
Big Birmingham Button Box Contest (BBBBC)
This is another activity stream on Sunday morning with
some significant prizes. This is not going to be like "Your
Mama’s competitions" – the emphasis is going to be on fun, like
all of the Anne and Pat Molloy Summer School. Have a go!
Sue of the Big Bulls Head has been magnificent in her
support of the school this year, and she has offered all kinds
of support, including (but by no means limited to) hosting the
Talent Contest and Lisdoonvarna weekend.