WORKSHOP Information

Saturday, April 13, 2019


What Workshops Are Available?

(scroll down for description of levels and our policy on young musicians)



There is room in all the workshops except harp which is full.

Online registration is closed.

You can download the flyer, fill it out and come to registration on Saturday morning at 9AM at SLUH

  • Accompaniment (all instruments)- Marty Fahey

  • Ballads - Mairtin de Cogain

  • Banjo/mandolin - John Walsh

  • Bodhrán -Chris Weddle & TBA

  • Bouzouki - Pat Broaders

  • Concertina - Brenda Castle

  • Fiddle: adv. & int. - James Kelly & Colin Farrell

  • Flute - June McCormack and John Skelton

  • Guitar: beg. - Keith Reins

  • Harp - Michael Rooney -closed

  • Pipes: beg., lower & upper int., adv. - Mick O’Brien, Benedict Koehler, Caoimhín Ó Fearghail, and more TBA

  • Reeds & Pipe Maintenance - Tommy Martin and a flat pitch reed maker of note

  • Sean Nós Dancing - Jackie O’Riley

  • Slow Airs - open to any melody instrument - Kieran O'Hare

  • Whistle: beg., adv. - Joanie Madden, Bryan Kelso Crow



Workshops (includes concerts) - $165

Please see refund policy below.

What's included: Registration includes Saturday workshop(s) and admission to both Friday and Saturday night concerts.

Additional Saturday concert tickets for those taking a workshop at discounted price of $15 each.  If you require additional tickets with your registration, you may order them at the bottom of the registration page or, if sending a registration form in by mail, make sure to indicate the number of additional tickets you need on your registration form(remember you get one ticket with the workshop).

Registration on Saturday, April 13: We always accept walk-ins on the day.

A note on what you get: Irish music is a lot more than learning tunes from a book or a CD. Its about community, a celebration of Joy, and remembrance of sorrow and a harsh history. Its about passed-on and accepted values. Its welcoming and inclusive. In a nicely flowing session it speaks a true prayer of joy and praise. It is time consuming and addictive. It is a love affair. It unifying. Its not confined to being Irish, but maybe to a mindset. Its not a secret. It is fun governed by goodwill. (excerpted from Tommy Peoples’ fiddle tutor - “From Time To Time” see full text).

We try hard to bring in the best musicians we can and provide space for everyone to gather, share music and the craic. Our registration fee only partially covers the costs. If you enjoy the event or portions of the event, then please help us continue.

Where Classes will be held: NEW VENUE

Workshops, except Sean Nós Dancing, will be held at Saint Louis University High School (SLUH) located at 4970 Oakland Avenue just west of Kingshighway and south of I-64. You can access Oakland from Hampton or Kingshighway.

ACCESS & PARKING: We’ll be using an entrance at the rear of the building.

DO NOT pull in to the parking lot that opens off Oakland Ave. See special instructions.

Sean Nós Dancing - will be at SLUH with rest of workshops


Registration will begin at 9:00 AM Saturday morning, April 13

Class Times: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:30 PM-  3:30 PM


While Online Registration is now closed - you can register ON SITE on Saturday morning at 9AM. see below.

Two Options:

1) show up at St. Louis University H.S. Follow special instruction to come around to the rear entrance.    You can sign up on the spot.

2) OR - Download the registration flyer here and bring it with you to on Saturday , April 13 at 9 AM

See Scholarship page for information about scholarships

 Places to Stay - Other Things to do

If you like Italian Food - the workshop location is only minutes from an area called the Hill with an amazing selection of excellent restaurants tempt your palate.


Please don't hesitate to contact us if any questions at mmullins at  Or call 636-926-9192.


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Guidelines: Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner

Advanced Instrument: Appropriate for advanced and master musicians, and those that feel somewhere between intermediate and advanced. Have played over five (5) years in Irish music and can read music well or can play quickly by ear. Looking for technique, stylizations and direct improvement in problem areas of playing Irish music and more advanced/complicated tunes.

Intermediate Instrument: Appropriate for intermediate musicians and those that feel they are well versed in other types of music but have played Irish music for less than five (5) years; or have been playing Irish music for more than five years but need more instruction/support in critical areas. Can read music or learn by ear fairly quickly.

Beginner Instrument: You have no or very little experience with the instrument.


Young musicians are welcome to join the classes as long as they are seriously interested in the music and able to attend an adult oriented class. The sessions are a particularly important part of the weekend and young attendees are encouraged to join in. They may feel they don't have an adequate repertoire but there's much more going on that's an important aspect of the music.


We realize that unavoidable situations can arise. Should you be in this situation, please contact us as soon as possible. For our funding we rely entirely on the money from our attendance and from individual donors. If you can't attend, please consider donating your fee to help us meet expenses or apply it to next year's registration. 

Within 30 days of the event - we will refund 50% of your fee less any processing charges.

Within 15 days of the event our policy is to not refund fees. And, we regret that once past the final order date for T-shirts and sandwiches those fees cannot be refunded since orders have been placed and we've paid our suppliers.

In the event you paid with a credit card or online, any fees collected by our credit card processor will not be refunded.