|Travelling Bard James A Kelly|
Onto Sunday and a workshop with London based Brendan Mulkere .As a teacher it is always a worthwhile exercise to put yourself in the role of student. The blurb promises a 'consciousness raising awareness of identity in one's playing and place in the tradition . No pressure then. The session meandered through a selection of jigs and reels with emphasis on exploiting notes of a triad to extend a tune , the tutor demonstrating a sophisticated technique unusually incorporating position shifts to third and second position. I found the The Plaza conference rooms at the Temple Gate were claustrophobic for the numbers attending the masterclass and the start and finishing times were unclear. This format where a dozen or more players of varying levels turn up is very difficult for any teacher to prepare for and pitch . I suggest it would be worth trying a format where you invite onlookers to join a class delivered to a preselected group of say three or four representative players.