Irish Slow Air Boot Camp for All Instruments with Bill Ochs
Sunday, May 1, from 1 to 5 PM
Irish wind instrument expert Bill Ochs will lead “Slow Air Boot Camp” on Sunday, May 1 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at St. Mary’s Chapel Hall, 26 Leonardville Road, New Monmouth (Middletown), NJ 07748. The event is sponsored by the Claddagh na nGael branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
Advance tickets for the four-hour workshop are $45 for the general public, $40 for Comhaltas members. Tickets on the day of the event will be $50. Purchase discounted advance tickets online at:
Claddagh na nGael will provide rides from the Middletown train station for participants coming via New Jersey Transit from New York City or points south. Trains from either direction arrive in Middletown at approximately 12:20. Email firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER than the day before if you need a ride from the station. Transportation will be provided free of charge for the 12:20 train only. The New York train leaves Penn Station at 11:07 AM.
About the Workshop
The slow air — an instrumental rendition of a love song, lament, or song of remembrance and farewell — is regarded by some connoisseurs to be the crown jewel of the Irish musical tradition.
The class will start by playing simple melodies from the Anglo-Irish song tradition and progress to learning some of the highly ornamented gems of the Gaeltacht’s sean-nós song repertoire. Along the way students will acquire all the essential techniques of slow air playing: slides, scoops, casadhs, vibrato, and more.
This workshop is for intermediate level (and above) players of all melody instruments, with a special emphasis on the tin whistle, flute, and uilleann pipes.