Having bemoaned the lack of opportunity for adult learners of Irish traditional music to practice ensemble, two aspiring banjo players set out in July 2012 to plough a new furrow. InishTrad was formed by Shaun and Gerrard as community based music project to allow adult, beginner/intermediate, Irish traditional musicians an opportunity to play together and practice new tunes in a welcoming environment.

An initial set of tunes was chosen for the launch in July 2012, the Excelsior Bar graciously gave permission for a regular Sunday evening session, tolerated no matter the quality of music produced. The first session was advertised locally, cards and posters printed, and a new website set up.

Since that initial gathering, the standards have improved. We have regular participants bearing accordions, guitars, banjos, fiddle, whistle and occasionally mandolin. They bring their own tunes to add to the mix, some bringing experience from different music traditions. The repertoire has expanded to over thirty tunes played on a regular basis, and from December 2013 a couple of new tunes will be added each month via our tune of the month link. Each of these tunes is presented as sheet music and recordings on this site.

For all adults who are interested in taking up a new instrument, or perhaps even a second instrument, or who now wish to take out that fiddle which has been gathering dust for years, you are welcome to join us each Sunday, 5pm till 7pm in The Excelsior Bar, Main Street, Buncrana.

As a slow session which operates without a session leader, we would like to acknowledge the generous support and encouragement from Inishowen’s professional musicians, in particular Dr Liz Doherty, Michael Carey, Jim Woods, and Tom Byrne who have risen to the challenge of providing us with much needed guidance and direction. They will also give guidance on the development of our upcoming workshops.

A big thanks to all the musicians who shared their learning materiel with us. If we have inadvertently posted copyrighted material without permission please let us know so we can remove it or provide appropriate credit.

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