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Saturday 25 November 2017

Students tune in as trad school begins

Gordon Deegan

THREE generations of fiddle players gathered on the first day of the Willie Clancy Summer School in Co Clare yesterday.

Up to 20 trad music students looked on attentively in the advanced fiddle class before they treated their audience to a jig and reel at St Joseph's Secondary School in Spanish Point.

At the school for the 26th year, Orla Ni Eili looked on as her daughter Shiofra was tested at the grading class.

"Even though the school has got very big over the years, it has all of the essence that you would want in a small little gathering, which is glorious music, fine people, fun, respect for the old and the new, and the old and the young mixing," Ms Ni Eili said.

Vincent Griffin, who has taught at the school since its inception in 1972, said he was "blown away" by the quality of the playing.

He said the secret behind becoming a good fiddle player is two Ps: patience and practise.

Irish Independent

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