October 4 2010

Celtic Music Workshop

Celtic Music Workshop

A slow take up of our new Celtic music workshop at our Centre was swept away in a cloud of music-making last week. Changing venue to the Green Meadow pub in Llangeinor was a good choice; we had a great homely welcome from landlady and landlord Hannah and Richard, and the lively session was facilitated by our talented music facilitator Aidan Sheehan. The music also sparked off some interesting conversations during and after the music had finished. For some of the learners this was their first time playing, but those who had been before supported them and everyone was actively engaged. Some of the adults joining the group hadn’t played the harmonica since childhood, and so to see them tapping their feet as the rhythm took hold was an absolute pleasure. Local children had fun picking up these new musical skills too (sometimes a bit quicker than the adults). We finished off the night with the Dubliners and a right old sing along and not a drink in sight! What a successful night.

After two sessions the group is already able to do so much, so well, and very quickly indeed. Each week they are actively creating a vibrant musical soundscape; performances are fun for both the musicians and for the listeners. In each workshop everyone has been smiling and communicating not just with words but through music. We have learnt many relevant and vital performance skills without having to discuss them, we just play our music and these skills are being developed. This progression is apparent to both the players and any of those who have witnessed the group’s performances. Everyone is enjoying the experience; that is how it is meant to be, and observers and learners alike have given excellent feedback.

Come along and join in making music with us on Thursdays at 6pm at the Green Meadow pub in Llangeinor, near Bridgend. All welcome, free. Call Paula on 01656 729246 to find out more.