The Workshops

During the week as well as the regular daily classes we have included two special workshops/lectures/presentations given by particular experts on subjects related to the bodhrán or to the wider area of irish traditional music and dance. These are held in the theatre of the community centre (the Áras) and are attended by the entire student body who have the opportunity to absorb the new information and also participate in a question and answer session.

The two presenters in 2017 are Mel Mercier and Stevie Moises.
These workshops are an integral part of the Craiceann experience and are included in the cost of the overall course fee.

Professor Mel Mercier
Mel is the Chair of Performing Arts at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Mel has an outstanding record of creative output as a composer and performer, and an excellent record of academic leadership and engagement in scholarly activity. He has an international reputation as a composer for theatre, and an international profile as a performer of Irish traditional music. He has twenty-five years experience of teaching and mentoring at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, alongside initiating and directing academic projects, conferences and symposia. He recently produced a radio documentary about his father Peadar Mercier, who was the first ever professional bodhrán and bones player and was a key member of The Chieftains.
He will talk about “The Bodhrán in my Family, Professional and Academic life”

Stevie Moises
Stevie is one of the leading tipper maker and wood turner in the bodhrán world. As one of the founding members of TROYAN DRUMS, the world-renowned drum-making company, he had the privilege of accumulating extensive expertise in the building of drums and other instruments. A drummer and percussionist himself, he started developing bodhrán tippers in 2002, Since 2004,he has been making solid-wood tippers, and since 2010, also hot rods and special effect tippers. Today, he offers over 50 different tipper models. Extensive tests, trial runs and collaborative efforts with professional bodhrán players are the foundation of his tipper making.
Stevie will talk about his way into tipper making and his techniques with some interesting insights into this workshop. He will also talk about the influence the different types of tippers have on the overall sound.