How blogging helps my fiddle playing

travelI’ve been writing this blog since 2009 and during that process I have been able to interview some great musicians, learn some valuable lessons and share some of my favorite stories. But I never thought this blog would actually be the conduit to me finally making the trek across the pond to learn Irish music directly from Irish musicians.

Next month I will embark on the trip of lifetime. I’m heading to Donegal Ireland, actually a little town outside called Glencomlcille, to learn the Donegal style of fiddling and I’ll be blogging about my experience throughout my trip. So sign up for email updates on the right under “Be in the know” (don’t worry I won’t share your email address with anyone).

How this all started was because a great Donegal fiddler who lives in Ireland, stumbled across my blog. She sent me a friendly message introducing herself and telling me about this fiddle school in Ireland she teaches at and asked me to check it out. So I did.

About a week later I had secured lodging, booked my flight and even bought a new suitcase for this extravaganza. I’ll be spending 10 days in Ireland and a week of it will be learning and sharing as much as I possible can about Donegal music. Which is not that far off from the Scottish and Cape Breton style I know and love.

I will be spending a few nights in Dublin, heading to Donegal then back to Dublin by way of Sligo and Galway. If there are places I should see or things I should do, feel free to post them in the comments section below or shoot me an email.

In the meantime, I’ll continue planning my trip, practicing my chops and preparing to share with you my fiddling experience in the place where it all started.

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