Learn to play traditional Irish music from flute master Kevin Crawford of the world-renowned, traditional Irish band, Lúnasa! This workshop is for students who already have some experience with the basics of the instrument and can play some tunes at a slow pace with little or no ornamentation. We’ll discuss a ‘how-to-practice’ method and how to approach session playing. We’ll learn a couple tunes but the emphasis will be on establishing foundations for you to take home and apply throughout your own learning as well as answering any questions you may have. In addition to learning the tunes, Kevin will spend some time addressing how to “dress up” the tunes he is teaching. He will show you ways to add your individual expressions, ornamentation, variation, and regional influence to what you play. Students will learn how to ornament tunes with rolls, cuts, and tonguing. Tunes will be taught by ear so bring a D flute and be ready to learn. ABC notation will be provided afterward for those who need it.
Born in Birmingham, England, Kevin Crawford’s early life was one long journey into Irish music and Co. Clare, where he eventually moved while in his 20’s. He was a founding member of Moving Cloud, the Clare-based band who recorded such critically-acclaimed albums as Moving Cloud and Foxglove, and he now tours the world with Ireland’s cutting-edge traditional band, Lúnasa. He also performs with the Teetotallers, a supergroup trio that also features Martin Hayes and John Doyle. A virtuoso flute player, Kevin has also recorded several solo albums.