Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Learn from the best

A feature of the Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, during its eight years, has been the workshops that are on offer to budding musicians.
Each year, the disciplines on offer grows, and this year the organisers have proudly said that they are catering for all instruments, at all ages, for all levels.

"We're trying to develop it each year, and this year we have the uilleann pipes, which we haven't had in the past few years," said Chris Keenan.

"We also have a workshop for songwriters," said Kathy Casey.

The workshops take place on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival and cater for the following instruments: 5-string banjo, clawhammer banjo, finger style tenor banjo, Irish tenor banjo, flute, mouth organ/harmonica, uilleann pipes/low whistle, guitar, dobro guitar and fiddle.

There are also workshops in bluegrass vocals, vocal harmonies - bluegrass and gospel and singer/songwriter.

Check out the full list of workshops on

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