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Jimmy Coen Class Description and Bio


Jimmy Coen, a guitarist from the Bronx, New York, is best known for his musical
partnership with his father Jack Coen, the Galway-born flute player and
teacher. Their self-issued release, from 2001, contains solo playing from both,
but mostly features duets of Jack’s flute playing in tandem with Jimmy’s flatpicked
guitar melodies delivered in a distinctive East Galway style that makes the
recording unique.
Jack and Jimmy appeared at many music festivals including the Smithsonianʼs
Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. (1994), in a band that also
featured Charlie Coen, Willie Kelly, Jesse Winch and Regan Wick. Jack and
Jimmy played as a duo several times at Don Meadeʼs Blarney Star concert series
in NYC, and also performed with fiddler Patrick Ourceau in a tour of France in
November of 1998.

Class Description:
This class will be geared to advanced level guitarists. It will focus on playing the melodies of
reels, jigs, and hornpipes. Sheet music will be provided for most of the class material; students
may also record any of the class content. Instruction will include approaches to solo
arrangements, as well as playing with a duo partner, as can be heard on the CD that Jimmy
recorded with his father, Jack Coen, on flute (Traditional Irish Music on Flute and Guitar).