Lessons

Irish Fiddle – Sandy Jones
A highly sought after fiddler who regularly plays for demanding Irish dance competitions across the USA, Sandy was raised on North Carolina folk music, playing both Bluegrass and Irish. Sandy has also toured Europe with the famous House Band led by Jed Foley of the legendary Battlefield Band. He shared his virtuosity by performing as a member of the Kells. In addition, he teaches private fiddle lessons.  jones.13@osu.edu

Irish Fiddle – Tyler Moore
Tyler started his Irish fiddle playing career with Homeland, a Celtic rock band. In addition to Homeland, he plays with local Irish folk group Two2Many, as well as with T2M guitar player Karl Wohlwend as a duo. Tyler is a regular fixture at Irish festivals and can be heard locally at Byrne’s Pub and Fado Irish Pub, among others.  Tyler has a music studio  in Worthington where fiddle lessons for all take place.  You can find him at: T&G Music Studios, 885 North High Street Worthington, Ohio.  PHONE (614) 354-2180 EMAIL:  thefiddle@moorefiddle.com

Guitar – Kim Rattan
Kim thrills audiences with her powerfully intricate guitar work and can be heard on many radio and TV spots. Hailing from a long line of West Virginia musicians, she has performed with Aoife Clancy (of the Clancy Brothers), opened for Tempest, the Makem Brothers, Gaelic Storm, and currently performs with the Bluegrass band Meig’s Creek, and the Irish–American band the Kells.  kim.rattan@infor.com

Whistle – Brian McCoy
Brian learned music from the locals while visiting family in Ireland; he also learned from Irish musicians while growing up in Chicago.  Brian has performed with symphony orchestras as well as the Makem Brothers, Gaelic Storm, and Tempest. He’s recorded for Windham Hill Records with members of the Doobie Brothers and has also been featured in Irish Music Magazine. A member of the Kells, Brian has taught flute/whistle workshops across the country. Brian has also been awarded a Master Musician Grant from the Ohio Arts Council in conjunction with his student teaching efforts. flutio@yahoo.com

Bodhran – Brent Cuyler
Owner and founder of Finnegan Hill Irish Percussion, Brent is one of North America’s largest custom bodhran makers. Brent has played with several bands in the Midwest including Whiskey Mile, as well as piper Dave Stuart O’Neil. Active in the Irish music community in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, Brent brings a love of teaching and a passion for promotion of the bodhran to both beginners and intermediate drummers. bcuyler@yahoo.com

Mandolin and Bouzouki – Randy Clepper
Randy is in demand as a player of Irish traditional music as well as other forms of traditional music (European, North and South American, Asian, etc.) on cittern/bouzouki, fingerstyle acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, and hammered dulcimer. Randy performs solo and with several other musicians from the central Ohio area.  He has taught Irish bouzouki, DADGAD guitar and hammered dulcimer workshops at many festivals across the country, and is in demand as a recording session musician.  rclepper@hotmail.com

Irish Harp – Deborah Norris
Deborah has played Irish harp for more than 30 years. She specializes in historical harp tunes and traditional accompaniment to dance tunes. Deborah is a member of the duo Killashandra with Irish fiddle player Ted Jordan; together they’ve performed regularly at the Dublin Irish Festival. Deborah has also performed with several groups throughout the British Isles and eastern U.S.  dlbnharph@aol.com

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