Aidan O'Donnell

TG4 Young Musician of the Year 2010 Aidan O'Donnell has been described as one of the finest young Irish musicians at present. He began his music making at the age of 12, and since then has performed with some of traditional music's finest artists, including Donal Lunny, Micheal Ó'Suilleabháin and the Chieftains. In 2007, he won the prestigious ‘Oireachtas na Geailge' fiddle title, and has been a regular tutor at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, at the University of Limerick for the past number of years.

He released his critically acclaimed debut album in 2006, with Mayo flute player Kieran Munnelly, called ‘In Safe Hands', which has been described as ‘a salute to the players who have gone before' (Matt Molloy, The Chieftains). In 2008, he released his second album 'Fidil' with fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh which was the genesis of the group 'Fidil'. Fidil released their debut album '3' in November 2009 which has received worldwide critical acclaim, including a 5star review in and CD Choice of the Week in the Irish Times. Their second album, ‘The Old Wheel of Fortune’ was released in November 2011 and again received CD choice in the Irish Times, as well as a 5 star review and a ‘Top of the world’ award in ‘Songlines’ Magazine.

“Aidan's incredible technical ability combined with his deep love of the music of his ancestors will see him become one of the most influential Donegal fiddle players of this generation." (Siobhán Peoples)

Courses Aidan O'Donnell Teaches:

Donegal Fiddle Styles

In this course, Aidan passes down the skills, knowledge and repertoire from the great Donegal fiddlers to the fiddle students of OAIM. All the tunes taught are firmly rooted in the Donegal tradition; stalwarts such as 'The Glen Road to Carrick', 'Bundle and Go', 'The Cat that Kittled in Jamie's Wig' and 'Séan sa Cheo' feature amongst others. The fiddling and musical legacy of the Dohertys, the McConnells, James Byrne, Francie Dearg O'Beirn, Con Cassidy, Vincent Campbell and Danny Meehan are frequently referred to throughout Aidan's thirteen tutorials. Bowing techniques feature prominently - the use of the up-bow, tight bowing, [.. Read More]

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