Sunday, September 9, 2018

How did you get into traditional irish music?

Adam Sweet, Celticado
"My Mother was a good dancer and my father hated dancing, so when I was old enough, she would take me out on the floor. It was 1972 in Boston, MA. I had started violin lessons at 4, so had made it through Suzuki book 6 by then. I distinctly remember watching the fiddler on stage who was having such a good time and thinking that was what I wanted to do when I grew up…I joined a dance band in High School and played for contradances all over the Boston area. In college, I majored in Ethnomusicology, doing an exam on the history of bluegrass and Americana music, my first exposure to Scots-Irish and Anglo-Irish music of the 19th and 20th centuries (what we now call "traditional Irish music). I traveled to Ireland in 1996 to take lessons with Frankie Gavin and play in the pubs in Kilfenora and Galway. Since then, I’ve been playing what I simply call Celtic music with my colleague Jamie Bunting in our little duo Celticado" ~ Adam Sweet, fiddler

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