British and Irish folk music
Time: 16:00 - 17:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME724C
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course serves as an in-depth exploration of the rich and fascinating area of Irish and British Folk and traditional music.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- the history, theory and use of modes
- Irish instrumental traditional music - jigs, reels, slip-jigs and slides
- English instrumental traditional music - jigs, reels, 3/2 hornpipes,
- Séan Nos solo singing
- Irish Rebel Song
- English Protest Song
- solo and ensemble repertoire and performance techniques.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand the history of Irish and British Folk music
- understand the use of modes in folk and traditional music
- play a selection of tune-types from the Irish and British traditions
- improve your listening skills, improvising and memory skills
- perform a range of repertoire and participate in ensemble pieces with greater confidence
- participate in a virtual “session.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have a minimum of 3 years playing experience on your chosen instrument and have reached a standard beyond Grade 3 (ABRSM / Trinity) i.e. be able to play a simple folk tune.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Short lectures from your tutor, and class discussion.
Demonstration and explanations by your tutor.
Playing together with the tutor.
Listening to other students.
Listening to folk music recordings.
To make progress you will need to practise between classes, and research some topics.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need to play your own instrument. Music for the course will be supplied in the google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
A continuation study to be confirmed.
Jacquelyn trained as a flautist with Robert Winn, and studied Irish traditional music at the University of Limerick. Jacquelyn performs world-wide as a solo artist, in her own trio or with other groups, playing at major venues throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. Jacquelyn’s folk/world project Avalonia has featured leading world and jazz musicians, and her recent collaboration “Celtic Caribbean Crossing” played to sell-out audiences at the Irish Cultural Centre. She also regularly performs as an actor and actor-musician. Jacquelyn’s debut CD “Silver and Wood” was released to critical acclaim in 2014, and toured the UK with Arts Council England support, with further performances at Folk Alliance (Kansas), and in Italy for Donne in Musica. Jacquelyn teaches flute at City Lit, as well as flute and folk music at Morley College and the Irish Cultural Centre, and she is Senior Lecturer in Folk Music at Leeds College of Music. She has given folk workshops at Munster Music Academy, Ireland, and at Wigmore Hall, Oxford University, and Cambridge Music Trust.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.