Scoil Réalt na Mara : Fiddle, Flute, Tin Whistle, Banjo, Concertina, Accordion & Uilleann Pipes -
Registration 9:30am. Classes 10am until 3.30pm.
Sean Nós & Set Dancing workshop at Skerries Rugby Club -
Registration at 10.30am. Classes 10.30am until 4pm.
One of Ireland ‘s leading traditional fiddle players Paddy Glackin is a Dublin man proud of his strong links to County Donegal. His father, Tom Glackin, was a fiddle player and instilled in Paddy a deep interest and love of the music of his native county – Donegal. It was on a trip to Donegal as a boy alongside his father, the noted music collector Breandan Breathnach and Clare fiddle player John Kelly, that Paddy first encountered the music and sparkling personalities of two of the legendary figures of Irish fiddle music- the travelling tinsmiths, John and Mickey Doherty. Their music was to have a lasting impact on the young musician.
Paddy attended classical music lessons in Chatham Row in Dublin and developed a formidable technique still evident in his bowing. Music was played in the family home and Frank O’Higgins and Tommy Potts were not infrequent visitors. Paddy’s younger brothers Seamus and Kevin are highly regarded fiddle players in their own right.
In the mid 1970′s Paddy recorded and played with Ceoltoiri Laighean and shortly after was to record the first of his solo albums for the Gael Linn label. His eponymous debut album is still regarded as a classic. Paddy was to record duet albums with the uilleann piper Paddy Keenan and Dublin keyboard experimentalist Jolyon Jackson-both on the Tara label. He was invited to be the first fiddle player in seminal traditional music group The Bothy Band and spent 18 months with what was to be one of the most influential and popular of the great Irish bands of the 1970′s. Their legacy is still to be felt today. While with the Bothy Band Paddy cemented his close relationship with guitarist and singer Mícheál Ó Domhnaill and in more recent times Paddy and Mícheál were to tour extensively together. Before his untimely death in July 2006, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill recorded the Athchuairt album with Paddy and it was released on the Gael Linn label. Another relationship from Bothy Band days was his friendship with bouzouki maestro Donal Lunny and this found musical expression with the release of their album together In Full Spate.
A noted commentator and lecturer on Irish music Paddy is also in demand as a session player. He is as comfortable playing the music of John Cage as he is sitting down to play tunes with piper Liam O’Flynn.