The session at the Star Inn, Fishponds, Bristol

I lead a regular Irish session at the Star Inn in Fishponds, Bristol. This is an excellent Irish pub, that hosts a range of music, with an enthusiastic landlord. This Irish session at the Star in Bristol, currently runs on Wednesday evenings, from 8.30pm. The regular session leads are me, on fiddle, Paul Kerins on …

Playing fiddle in a traditional folk session

Do you want to start playing fiddle in a traditional folk session? If you are learning to play the fiddle in a traditional style, you may be aspiring to play with other people in informal groups. And with good reason – group playing is great fun! Whether that’s Irish, Scottish, English, Scandinavian, Breton, bluegrass, klezmer …

Traditional Irish sessions (seisiún) in Bristol

There are many good traditional music sessions in Bristol where you can play the fiddle. Many, but not all of them, are traditional Irish music sessions. I currently run two traditional Irish sessions in Bristol – details below. I will post a list here soon of some of the other sessions that I have played …

Learning by ear, and learning to read music

Learning to read music can seem complicated. Especially if you have never learned a musical instrument before. But you absolutely don’t need to be able to read music to begin learning to play the fiddle! You can learn to play the fiddle ‘by ear’. Traditional music has always been taught and learned ‘by ear’. Tunes …

Fiddle…or violin?

What is the difference between a fiddle and a violin? People often find this confusing – so, what is the difference? The short answer is, there isn’t really any difference. At least, not if we are talking about the musical instrument itself. A fiddle is just another name for a violin. When people use the …

Tips for the beginner fiddler

If you are a beginner fiddle player, it can seem difficult to know how to begin. So here are my 3 tips for a beginner irish fiddle player. 3 tips for a complete beginner fiddle player Beginner fiddlers are often told the fiddle is a difficult instrument to learn. Many people who would like to …