Whistleberry Tunes will be available from Monday 16th October – join our mailing list and we’ll email you a link to the course!
Whistleberry Tunes is an online music course created especially for young children (and their accompanying adults) who are taking their first steps into learning how to play the tin-whistle.
In Whistleberry Tunes, children are guided through 9 lessons where they will learn basic techniques as well as a carefully chosen range of traditional and newly composed tunes.
This course has been designed to motivate children, to encourage them to learn to play by ear, and to support and give confidence to teachers/parents/guardians in the classroom and at home.
What will children learn?
✔︎ Hold the tin-whistle properly and learn proper technique
✔︎ Warm-up with simple stretches
✔︎ Two scales and seven tunes including a polka, a march, and an air
✔︎ Master the scales of D major and G major
✔︎ Beautiful traditional tunes such as Maggie in the Woods, Song of the Chanter, and Mo Ghile Mear
✔︎ Tunes composed especially for Whistleberry Tunes such as Tradoodle Do and Faolán’s Frolics
✔︎ Simple ornamentation such as cuts, taps, and slides
✔︎ How to learn to play music together and perform in a group
✔︎ Online learning means that you can pause and rewind the lesson, and play it as many times as you like!
✔︎ Develop aural learning skills
Suggested age range: 6+
Finn Harper’s traditional music-inspired artwork has become a hugely popular addition to many arts and music festivals in Ireland and internationally. His exceptional portrait work brings to life a wide range of renowned past and present-day Irish musicians – from Andy Irvine, to Christy Moore, to Micho Russell, to Matt Molloy, among others.
Originally from County Wexford, Finn is himself an accomplished musician. In 2015 during a short music residency in Florida, USA, Finn tried his hand at drawing portraits of Irish musicians that inspired and influenced him over the years, and he hasn’t looked back since!
Finn has garnered an enthusiastic following with his individual style of realistic high contrast pencil artwork. In 2017 alone, Finn has exhibited at Lorient Interceltique Festival in Brittany, Milwaukee Irish Festival in America, Doolin Folk Festival, Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis, and the Padraig O’Keefe Festival in Castleisland. Between 3rd October and 19th November you have an opportunity to see Finn’s work as part of Tradoodle Traditional Arts Festival for Young Audiences.
Age: Suitable for all ages
Ticket price: FREE
I am a Little Boat
A concert for children ages 3 and under with Fiona Kelleher
Young imaginations will be enthralled by this interactive musical and theatrical early years feast. I am a Little Boat soothes the senses through gentle creative play for young children. Featuring magical shadow theatre by artist George Hanover, there are a few surprise friends to meet along the way! Music from Caoimhin Vallely on piano/harmonuim/percussion and Fiona Kelleher on vocals provide a gentle soundscape that follows the characters, images, and colours of the shadow play.
Thursday 26th October
Friday 27th October
The Quiet Tree is an intimate and mesmerising Irish traditional music performance specifically designed for children in Junior/Senior Infants and First Class.
Infused with puppetry and storytelling, this musical adventure tells the story of the creatures of Whistleberry Forest who have discovered a little oak tree growing deep in the woods. However, there are no birds singing, no leaves rustling, and no animals scurrying around its trunk. This delightful show takes children and accompanying adults on a journey through the forest where they explore musical instruments, sing, and dance, and help Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail, and Faolán the frog bring the little oak tree to life.
Listen to some of the music and songs from The Quiet Tree at whistleberryforest.bandcamp.com
The Quiet Tree was developed with the kind support of The Ark.
This year at Tradoodle, children can experience the thrill of sean nós dancing as they shuffle and stamp their feet to the beat in this fun-filled workshop. Renowned dancer and musician Sibéal Davitt, known for her appearances on RTÉ’s ‘Centenary’ and TG4’s ‘Glas Vegas’ will introduce children to the lively moves of sean nós. There will be lots of fun, games, movement, and laughter, and a chance for children to create and show off their own brand new fancy footwork!
“Fusing sean-nós with contemporary dance Davitt lets loose, delivering a raw, rhythmic, primal yet playful performance that is searingly powerful and a sheer joy to behold.” – Chris O’Rourke, Irish Examiner.
NEWSFLASH! Sibéal can bring her Feet to the Beat workshop directly to your school or crèche. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for available dates and times.