Those already familiar with traditional music may be wondering about Laura’s own playing style. Growing up in West Cork, Laura enjoys playing slides and polkas and has a special place in her heart for Sliabh Luachra music. However, the Clare style is very different and to say that Clare players do not appreciate the slide and polka forms can sometimes be putting it mildly! More simply put, they rarely play those types of tunes. Understanding lift and drive in the different styles of reel playing in Clare (or indeed universally) is a process which Laura has been absorbed in for several years now. Her realisations are invaluable in advising others on ways to achieve the emphasis/sound they are aiming for. The skills needed to put these realisations into words have also enabled Laura to better communicate the style of the tunes she grew up with, making her a more rounded teacher. She plays in a fairly ornamented, smoothly-phrased style. She enjoys playing the various repertoires in the Clare sessions. She also enjoys playing some of the Sliabh Luachra tunes when she gets the chance. Her influences are too many to list, but they include John Coakley, Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford, Brian Rooney, Frankie Gavin and Tommy Peoples.
Clare is a beautiful, very varied county – from rolling green hills in the east, to the limestone pavement of the Burren to the rugged coastline from Loop Head to the Cliffs of Moher to the Flaggy Shore. The Information Point for the Burren is in Corofin village with the Burren National Park trailhead a further 4 miles away. Activities are many and of all different types – outdoor, indoor, suitable for families, the active or not so active! Burren Fiddle Holidays appreciate that many people like to explore by themselves in their free time and ‘do their own thing’. However, if you are without transport or would prefer a guided tour, Burren Fiddle Holidays may be able to show you some of the local sights.
Burren Fiddle Holidays is located 9 miles from Ennis – the biggest town in Co. Clare – and its many traditional music sessions. You are a half-hour drive or less from the villages of Miltown Malbay, Lisdoonvarna, Doolin, Ennistymon, Lahinch, Kilfenora, Ballyvaughan, Gort, Crusheen and Kinvara, all of which are great places for music and have their own unique character. You can find sessions nightly once you know where to look! Visiting sessions is a great opportunity to learn about the trad music scene, make friends and play a few tunes! Again, if you are without transport, we may be able to take you out to some great local sessions.
Visiting Co. Clare gives you a chance to to meet some of the best traditional Irish musicians on their home turf. Burren Fiddle Holidays can, on request, arrange small recitals or sessions of two to three musicians. If there is a someone in particular you would like to meet or a particular combination of instruments you would like to hear, put some details in your booking enquiry and we will see who is available.