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Oisin Mac Diarmada Class Description and Bio

Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle)



A graduate in Music Education from Trinity College Dublin/RIAM, Oisín Mac Diarmada began playing fiddle at a young age in Co. Clare, subsequently moving to Co. Sligo and developing a deep interest in the playing style of the North Connacht region. Founder of the group Téada in 2001 with whom he has recorded a number of albums on the Gael Linn label, Oisín is also a regular solo performer. Performances have included appearing at specialist music festivals such as Masters of Tradition in West Cork, accompanying Irish President Mary McAleese on a State visit to Romania and a guest solo appearance with the Southern Georgia Symphony Orchestra in the US. Described by The Irish Echo’s Earle Hitchner as “one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today”  Oisín has toured frequently in recent years with noted singer/accordion-player Séamus Begley, with whom he released a duo album in March 2012. A follow-up duo recording entitled An Irish Christmas Soundscape was released in December 2012. Oisín was appointed Director of SCT, the Traditional Irish Music Examination System administered by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, during 2012.


Class Description

This class utilizes a tune-based approach to explore facets of individual interpretation drawn from musicians of the past and present. Tunes will taught aurally but written resources can also be made available. Emphasis will be placed on developing critical listening skills in tandem with a focus on fiddle technique and stylistic traits, allowing repertoire to be explored in greater detail.