Clare Fiddle Styles

This is a lively collection of jigs, reels and hornpipes taught by the renowned Clare fiddler Tola Custy. Most of the thirteen tunes taught originate from Co. Clare, which Tola learnt from local players such as his father Frank Custy, Micho Russell, P.J. Crotty and James Cullinane. Tola also includes two of his own compositions in the course - these tunes are already becoming embedded in the local tradition and can be heard in sessions around the County Clare and further afield!

Tola takes a progressive approach towards teaching embellishments, the use of chords and variation. He starts by introducing simple techniques in the first lessons and builds on them in subsequent lessons. In each lesson, he teaches the tune simply, phrase by phrase before demonstrating how to incorporate various techniques into the tune. By the end of the course, the Fiddler will have a vibrant palette of fiddle skills and fiddle tunes to add to their repertoire!


Lessons

free Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 1
Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 1

This lesson is the first from the 'Clare Fiddle Styles' course. Tola Custy teac [.. Read More]

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Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 2
Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 2

In this lesson the reel 'The Silver Spear' will be taught. Tola will introduce t [.. Read More]

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Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 3
Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 3

The 'Kilfenora Slide' will be the tune focused upon in this lesson. Tola will in [.. Read More]

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Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 4
Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 4

In This lesson will teach the tune 'Cloudy Day Navigation'. Tola will continue h [.. Read More]

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Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 5
Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 5

In this lesson Fergus McTaggart's jig will be taught. The roll will be the main [.. Read More]

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Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 6
Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 6

Tola will teach the Jig 'The Yellow Wattle' in the lesson. He will demonstrate h [.. Read More]

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Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 7
Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 7

'Miss Galvin's Hornpipe' will be focused upon in this lesson. Tola will continue [.. Read More]

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Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 8
Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 8

In this lesson, Tola will teach a composition of his own, called 'Up Downey'. To [.. Read More]

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Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 9
Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 9

'Sagairt na mBuataisí' is the jig taught in this lesson. Tola will continue his [.. Read More]

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Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 10
Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 10

In this lesson the tune 'Leaba Síoda' will be taught. Tola will continue his st [.. Read More]

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Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 11
Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 11

This lesson will teach the Hornpipe 'The Humours of Ballyconnell. Tola will focu [.. Read More]

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Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 12
Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 12

This lesson will teach a reel of unknown name in the key of B minor. Tola will d [.. Read More]

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Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 13
Clare Fiddle Styles Lesson 13

In this lesson, the reel 'The Glen of Aherlow' will be taught. Tola will continu [.. Read More]

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