Fiddle Lessons and Teachers
Annie Brown is an award-winning violinist and a popular musician anywhere lively fiddle music is being played. Her first loves were classical violin and dance and then later she discovered fiddling and a talent for improvisation. She has been an teacher to individuals and groups for eight years at Celtic Traditions. Current musical bands include Thereafter, Ballyhooley, and the Psycho Acoustic Ceili Band.
Annie Brown – The Kesh Jig
Michael Pratt the owner of Celtic Traditions is a fiddler, singer and concertina player who draws from his Irish roots as well as his involvement in the Folk Clubs in the British Folk Revival in the late 1960s and 70s before moving to Canada. Michael started playing fiddle when he was twenty five and it has since then become one of the loves of his life. Michael brings his love of the fiddle to teaching and has hosted many fiddle sessions in the city and runs the Thursday session in the store where all are welcome to come and participate. Michael’s love of playing and singing can be heard if you catch a performance when appearing with one of his groups Quartete a Tete, The Armchair Sailors or Six at the Table.
Michael Pratt – The Hunters Purse
Harp Lessons and Teachers
Mehlinda Heartt is a Professionally recognized Harpist with 30 years musical experience, performing for Weddings, Corporate Functions, Festivals, Concerts and Private Functions.
Mehlinda teaches Harp at Vancouver ‘Celtic Traditions School of Music’ She has also recorded on various contemporary artists CD’s.
Besides offering her services as a Harp teacher she is also a Solo Harpist, Mehlinda also has Duo’s, Trio’s, and larger performing groups, with combinations of instruments such as Harp, Harps, Flute, Violin, Cello and Percussion. Larger groups include ‘Blue Lotus’ and the ‘Celtic Harp Choir’.
Bodhran and Celtic Guitar
Michael Viens has played a wide array of instruments and diverse genres in his many years on and off stage. He began his adventures on the bodhran in 1995 when he joined Vancouver’s stalwart Celtic group, Blackthorn, as a guitarist, vocalist and percussionist. He is wonderfully enthusiastic at backing up Jigs, Reels, and various rhythms for songs. An ideal teacher for taking Bodhran Lessons!!!
Michael Viens – Excursion Around the Bay
Michaela Cunningham has been playing concertina, tin whistle and singing for over 15 years and was born in Vancouver, but grew up on Salt Spring Island. Whilst still in her teens, she nurtured her passion for traditional music through frequent visits to Ireland, and listening to recordings. She decided to move to Ireland and study there after completing high school and her musical style is particularly influenced by the County Clare region which is on the West Coast of Ireland. She has been involved in a number of recording projects and played with Martin Tourish and Sharon Shannon amongst others. She is now residing on a full-time basis in Vancouver where she plays and teaches traditional music.
Michaela Cunningham – The Trip to Durrow
Whistle and Clarinet
Mike Brown weaves his Whistle and Clarinet Lessons around the idea that music should be enjoyable and goals should determine where the lessons lead, whether it’s to play for fun and perform for friends, to enter a competition, or to form a group and play in public! Mike Brown likes to explore the sound the instrument produces. Technique, sheet music reading, style, ear training, theory, history, improvisation, all play their part; whether the student tackles them individually or they are weaved into a well rounded musical experience.
Mike Brown – The Butterfly
Your voice expresses everything about you. Opening to it, giving it your time and attention,can create powerful shifts and transformations in your life. It is a gateway to expressing the fullness of your being and living to your potential, living in the moment.
Singing Lessons and Vocal Coaching is a powerful way to:
- Connect you to your deeper Self
- Connect you to others
- Increase self-confidence and emotional well-being
- Express yourself fully and creatively
- Boost physical energy and oxygenate your body
- Release stress and tiredness
- Sharpen mental focus and acuity
- Balance your nervous system
- Allow you to live spontaneously in the present moment!