Kerry Fiddles Natural Skelligs sunset - image by Lee Tiller

Fiddle Holidays
for Adult beginners

Gill Newlyn playing fiddle on the beach

In late 1999 it was widely predicted that at midnight on the 31st of December the Millennium Bug was going to crash computers all over the world. Civilisation as we know it would come to an end. Against this backdrop of impending doom a leading London newspaper commissioned a survey to find out what it was that people regretted most about their 'soon to end' lives.

The top answer by far was not having learnt to play a musical instrument.

If you have that regret and you'd like to have a go, Gill has been teaching adult beginners for 25 years and has proven time and again that it is never too late to start your fascinating, rewarding musical journey.


This 'thank you' note from Iris, age 25, a complete beginner from Maine, USA, perfectly illustrates what Kerry Fiddles aim to provide.


Even if you have never played any musical instrument before, by the end of   the week you’ll be playing your first tune on the fiddle. Morning classes are a hoot, there’s no music theory, no pressure and no rush. Afternoons are free to explore the most beautiful part of Ireland.

We do our best learning when we’re relaxed, so don’t expect a studious music course. Though we aim to motivate, lay solid foundations and teach effective practice, our main concern is that you have fun.

Though this holiday is in Ireland, this week will set you up to play any style you like, from classical to country and you will leave with all the information you need to find teachers, players and resources in your area to help you develop further when you get home.


The Music Room at Kerry Fiddles

Morning classes are held at our house, in a spacious music room with great acoustics and mountain views. Though it feels spectacularly remote, we are only 4 miles from Kenmare.

                  Derrynane Beach, County Kerry

Afternoons are free for you to do what you want.  There are loads of ideas on our 'Free Time' page and all are within easy driving distance of Kenmare

Crowley's Session - music holiday


There are lots of evening sessions in the many bars in and around Kenmare and regular concerts by top players at Kenmare's Carnegie Hall                                

Over the last ten years we have had hundreds of students from every continent, yes, even Antarctica! Many are happy to share e-mail addresses and quite a few get together to play tunes they learned here in Kenmare.

If you would like to be plugged in to the Kerry Fiddles network let us know where you are and we'll see what we can do.


Any of you familiar with Bristol Fiddles will know about our Weekend Workshops with Kevin Burke, Tommy Peoples, Brendan McGlinchey, Paul O'Shaughnessy, Ciaran Boyle, Pete Challoner, Des Hurley, Bernard and Gerard KilBride, Joe Scurfield and Henry Sears.

We're planning to put similar workshops on in Kenmare. Send us your e-mail address if you'd like advance notice.

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Fiddler © Lee Tiller

"If you tap your feet at the same time as playing it can be classed as exercise."

Fiddler © Lee Tiller

" You become desirable and seem interesting."

Fiddler © Lee Tiller

" You have legal access to a long sharp pointy thing."

Fiddler © Lee Tiller

" You're almost always guaranteed a seat in a crowded pub."


Fiddler © Lee Tiller

"You get to show off and entertain at the same time."

Fiddler © Lee Tiller

"You get bought drinks by people who want nothing more, than for you to carry on doing what you wanted to do in the first place."

Fiddler © Lee Tiller

"If there is a fight in the bar you hardly ever get hit."

Fiddler © Lee Tiller

"When playing festivals you get to wear an `Artists' badge and use the clean toilets."

    (a million good reasons to learn the Irish Fiddle - from 'The Irish Session - a survival guide'
by Gill Newlyn)



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