Starting in September our School of Music will be overflowing with workshops, classes and music lessons for kids, teens and adults. We’ve got classes planned for guitar, banjo, ukulele, djembe, fiddle, bodhran, marimba, harmonica, performance and even a brand new OFC Youth Choir! Here’s a detailed description for each workshop: Kids, Youth and Teen Workshops: […]
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Alistair began playing the drum kit with his friends in high school, the core of which went on to form the award winning Canadian country band Prairie Oyster (his mom is credited with naming the band). Currently he plays with various artists in the Ottawa area including Sneezy Waters, Keith Glass (Prairie Oyster, Lynn Miles), Ball and Chain and Pat Moore. He learned to play the bodhran during his tenure in Winnipeg and played with several well known bands including Skruj McDuhk and The Duhks. Alistair also designed and built tunable bodhrans as well as inventing a single key tunable system that was used by one of the best known drum builders in Ireland. He plays in both the traditional and ‘top-end’ styles. He is currently working with master tipper maker Jim Hunter on his own style of cipin (or stick).
This week’s edition of the Friday Featured E-Store Item is the Walton’s Traditional Irish Bodhran Player’s Pack. It includes a standard Walton’s bodhran, handcrafted from the finest woods, a tipper, gig bag and instructional DVD.
Waltons standard bodhrans are handcrafted from the finest woods, with heads made from real goatskin and is suitable for everyone from beginners to advanced players.
This St. Patrick’s Day Weekend (March 15th & 16th), we’re hosting a bunch of Irish themed workshops. On Saturday we’ll have classes for Bodhran, Fiddle, Penny Whistle and DADGAD Guitar, plus on Sunday we’re hosting an Irish Jam Session. Click here to sign up for these courses on our E-Store. Here’s a rundown on all […]
In this class we will learn the basics of playing the Bodhran. Ken will help you get pointed in the right direction with two of the most common bodhran rhythms: the reel and the jig. We will talk about the structure of the tunes and how to accompany them. This is a class for absolute beginners. At the end of the session Ken will be available for private lessons for those who want to delve deeper.
Mondays 8 – 9pm, Sept 23 – Oct. 21, $68 members, $80 non. GB13.09B1
Martha Cooper has been playing 5-string Clawhammer Banjo and Irish flute, penny whistle and Bodhran for over a decade. She began teaching both private and groups lessons for these instruments at the Ottawa Folklore Centre around 2003. Martha returns to us now from a brief stay on Wolfe Island, and is very happy to be back. Martha regularly […]