Saturday, September 8 Workshops and Presentation
Online Registration is closed. Walk in are welcome based on space availability.
Workshops are free to current PCG members and students with paid admission to the Festival on Saturday. Memberships are available on-line at http://www.philadelphiaceiligroup.org/2018pcgfestival/membership.html
or memberships can be purchased at the door.
Please note - There is a $25 charge for workshops for non-PCG members (excluding students).
11:00am – 1:00pm
• The Voice as an Instrument with Liz Hanley
Explore how the voice works through warm ups that target the different parts of the body (mouth, nasal cavity, throat, chest, head) that create various tonalities, timbres, volume control and anything you could think of that an instrument can accomplish. Accessible to anyone interested in using their voice and waking up different areas they maybe don't use. No previous experience as a singer or musician required.
• Tin Whistle for Beginners with Dennis Gormley
Join Dennis for the basics of the iconic Irish instrument, the Tin or Penny Whistle! Whistles available for purchase for those in need, or bring your own. All ages welcome!
• ‘The Magnificent Flanagan Brothers’ with Mick Moloney
The Life and Times of the Most Exciting and Most Successful Irish Recording Artists of the Early Twentieth Century.
• Sean-nos Dancing with Shannon Dunne
Sean-nos dance is a battering style step dance characterized by a loose, expressive upper body. In this workshop, students will learn the basic rhythms of a reel and a jig, how to dance in a half or full set with others, and how to make up their own traditional steps! All ages welcome!
• Music for Dancing with Billy McComiskey and Niall O'Leary
In this workshop we will explore the different techniques that are required to play music for dancers: tune selection, rhythm, tempo, style. Many musicians have stated that playing 'live' music for dancers is one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences, and even more dancers have said the same thing! How to do it so that you get it right every time? Attend this workshop to find out! Dancers & Musicians of all ages welcome!
1:00pm – 2:30pm
• Shannachie Storytime with Tom Coughlin
Join Tom Coughlin as he weaves tales of folklore & imagery in the art form of storytelling. The content will follow the interest and age appropriateness of the audience. All ages welcome!
• Fiddle for Beginners (all ages encouraged) with Hollis Payer
Always wanted to start playing fiddle? Slow Session leader & fiddle instructor Hollis Payer will help you get started, and is available for lessons year round! All ages welcome!
2:45pm – 4:45pm
• ‘O’Farrell’s Collection’ with Jerry O’Sullivan
The Top Hits of 1800; need we say more?
• How “The Band” Shape a Song with Athena Tergis
Fiddler Athena Tergis discusses how to arrange accompaniment in Celtic folk song. Explore how supporting-instruments steer the emotional direction of songs. Listen to accompanists create unique tapestries within a song while always reaffirming its essence. Featuring live performers including Mick Moloney and instructor Athena Tergis, the discussion could get lively!
• Irish Language for Beginners with Mary Power
Join Mary for the basics of Irish a language. Dust off those fadas and try out this ancient language! All ages welcome.
• Reimagining a Tune with Shannon Dunne
There is something for every child in this workshop! Shannon will take students on 2 different journeys of song story, art and dance. Children may participate in the parts they feel comfortable with, or choose to observe. Each "journey" is 45 minutes, with dance games in between. All ages welcome! Don’t forget your parent!
4:00pm – 5:00pm
• Conversational Irish Language with Mary Power
Ready to try to converse in Irish? Join Mary and other advanced students in simple conversation as Gaeilge.