Fiddle Classes

Richard Mulcahy has been playing traditional music since falling in love with it in his late teens.


A late starter, I still consider myself an active learner of the music, constantly seeking out new tunes. I regularly attend music workshops with the experts of the fiddle, continually adding to my repertoire. I have attended numerous fantastic summer schools over the years.


I play every week at the session in the Crown and Shamrock as well as part of a cross community project each week in the Barron Hall, Glengormley. I also attend other sessions occasionally. I have been involved with the adult grupa cheoil in Glengormley School of traditional music, winning the Antrim fleadh as a group in 2010.


I have also taken LCM exams with GSOTM, to date achieving Grade 6 (traditional). I intend to complete grade 8 this year.  In 2019, I achieved a certificate in Traditional Arts Pedagogy (music) having completed a university course led by Liz Doherty.


I have been teaching the beginner fiddle class for a number of years. 

Group A

Beginner fiddle week one notes:

Tuning: Possible help with tuning workshop on Saturday 3rd October  - more details to follow.


Remembering the notes, try these simple scales on each string:

E   f #   g #    a


A     b     c#   d


D      E       F#   G


G   A    B    C


Please see below for a reminder of the notes on your fiddle and our first tune.

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Eagle's WhistleArtist Name
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Keel Row slow fast slowArtist Name
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Intermediate/Advanced Classes 7.30-8.30 

The Keel Row    (“Fling” – although this tune is sometimes known as a strathspey or a highland too).

I first heard this very catchy little tune when I lived in Northumberland many years ago. In Northumberland they called it a fling. A very popular version is commonly played in Donegal, I believe in Donegal it is known as a highland. It is also often heard in different keys – we will come to ‘keys’ later this year.

You can use this tune to work on developing a great rhythm.

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Brosna Slide.jpg
Brosna SlideArtist Name
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Eileen Og The Pride Of PetravoreArtist Name
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Out on the oceanArtist Name
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