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Upcoming Workshop: February 21st

Irish Fiddle Worskshop

Winifred Horan


Tuesday, February 21st, 2017, 5:30-7:00pm

Ann Arbor MI

Cost: $35 to participate in the workshop

Workshop and Solas concert package (Sold Out)

Regular concert price is $25 @ the Ark

Registration via email at

Traditional Irish supergroup Solas will be performing at the Ark in Ann Arbor on the evening of Tuesday February 21st, 2017.  In conjunction with that appearance, the band's legendary fiddler, Winifred Horan, will be teaching a 90 minute workshop for friends and members of DIMA on the day of the concert.



About Winnie:

In addition to her career as founding member and fiddler for Solas, she is currently a faculty member of the New England Conservatory in Boston where she is an instructor in the Contemporary Improvisation department. Winnie has a friendly and easygoing teaching style that is welcoming for players of all backgrounds and skill levels.  Prior to Solas, she was a member of and toured with The Sharon Shannon Band, and also performed with Irish singer-songwriter Pierce Turner.  She was "featured fiddler" on When Juniper Sleeps, a 1996 solo album by Séamus Egan, and co-writer of certain tracks for the 1995 film The Brothers McMullen.  She is, as of 2004, a nine-time champion Irish stepdancer and an All-Ireland fiddle champion, having won an All-Ireland Junior Championship at age eleven. In a December 2001 interview, Horan identified Liz Carroll and Sharon Shannon as her top musical influences.

About the workshop:

The workshop is intended for fiddle players of all skill levels interested in Traditional Irish music.  There will be an emphasis on adding several new tunes to your repertoire.  Participants are welcome to record the workshop.


The workshop will be held from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at a location in Ann Arbor near the Ark.  The concert at the Ark begins at 8pm.  Package pricing is being offered includes both participation in the workshop and a ticket to the concert ($25 value) for $50.  The price for participating in the workshop alone is $35.00

Additional details regarding timing and location will be provided upon registration.  For more information on joining the workshop with Winnie please contact us at the DIMA Public Relations Office.


Past Workshops

October 2016

"What Do You Hear?" - Active Listening Workshop with Nicolas Brown & Alison Perkins

July 2016

Bodhran Techniques for Intermediate/Advanced players with Tristan Pruss
Irish Fiddle- Intermediate/Advanced Technique and Tunes with Alison Perkins (Finvarra's Wren)
Beginning/Intro to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle with Nicolas Brown
Int/Advanced Irish Flute and Tin Whistle Tunes and Techniques with Colleen Shanks
Guitar Accompaniment for Traditional Irish Music with Michael Gavin

June 2016

Bodhran Basics for Beginner Players with Tristan Pruss
Irish Fiddle Basics - Technique and Ornamentation with Alison Perkins (Finvarra's Wren)
Irish Flute and Tin Whistle - Technique and Tunes with Colleen Shanks
Guitar Accompaniment for Traditional Irish Music with Michael Gavin

January 2016

Uilleann Pipes - Technique and Tunes with Sean Gavin (Bua, Nicgaviskey)
Irish Fiddle - Technique and Tunes with Kelsey Lutz

October 2015

Irish Flute Technique / All Instruments Repertoire with Michael Tubridy (The Chieftains)

April 2015

Members of Bua:

Uilleann Pipes  with Sean Gavin
Fiddle with Devin Shepherd

Guitar/Accompaniment with Brian Miller

Sean Nós Dancing with Brian Hart

September 2015

Uilleann Pipes - Technique and Tunes with John McSherry (the olllam, At First Light, Lúnasa)

May 2014

Uilleann Pipes Technique / All Instruments Repertoire with Paddy Keenan (The Bothy Band)

November 2012

Repertoire of Sliabh Luachra with Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch

March 2012

Irish Fiddle - Technique and Tunes with Kevin Burke (The Bothy Band, Patrick Street)

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