Brendan guest tutor at singing workshop

ANGUS Folk are delighted to welcome Brendan Taaffe as a guest tutor for an evening workshop on Tuesday, February 16 in the Kirriemuir Old Parish Church Hall.

Brendan is based in Vermont and focuses on traditional American harmony music; bluegrass, gospel, shape note, and Appalachian material.

This will be an extended class - from 7pm to 10pm with a shared supper included in the evening. The class is open to everyone.

Brendan explained: “My singing workshops are open to everyone, because I make sure to teach in such a way that the material is accessible to all, regardless of musical background.

“I teach mostly from the “American Vernacular” — shape note hymns, Appalachian ballads, gospel quartets, and such.

“I find these songs to be deeply engaging, fun to sing, and think they show a far-more varied and interesting America than the one most often portrayed to the world.

“I also have an abiding interest in the harmony of sub-Saharan Africa, and use a liberal sprinkling of my own compositions and arrangements.”

Lauded for “playing with heart as well as virtuosity,” Brendan is a prominent guitarist, fiddler and singer in New England’s thriving contra dance and Irish music community.

He honed his driving guitar style and deep knowledge of the Irish tradition while living in Limerick and playing regularly in sessions. Now based in Vermont, Brendan has played at festivals, concerts and dances throughout North America and Europe with his band Magic Foot and other ensembles. He is also the author of Handy with the Stick, a book about Irish fiddling, and the founder of Turtle Dove, an organization that sponsors harmony singing for adults. To book a place on the Kirriemuir workshop call Brendan on 07842 227202 or book online at

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