Our good friend Eamonn De Barra of Slide and the Damien Dempsey band has a great new venture that I want to share with all you who long to be able to whistle, bow, pick, squeeze, strum or bang traditional Irish music. It's TradIrishMusic.com. Through this newly launched website you can take lessons, beginner to advanced in your chosen instrument from the most distinguished music faculty ever assembled.
Imagine: private banjo lessons from the legendary Gerry O'Connor. Guitar tutorials from John Doyle. The fiddle with Cathal Hayden. Uilleann Pipes taught by Sean Og Potts. Eamonn himself teaching tin whistle. And that's just the beginning. Now imagine those lessons reasonably priced and streamed right to your computer to watch and learn again and again. There are short and longer subscription levels available.
Here's a Christmas gift and a new year's resolution for you. Sign up, get started and bring your instrument to Irish Fest in 2014 and join in a session.