Our teachers for 2021 are Dave O’Neill and SARAH DAVIES.
Dave O’Neill is an internationally recognized multi-instrumentalist and has been a professional musician and teacher for over 35 years. Based in Canberra, he plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, ukulele, banjo and sings. Dave has played with a number of Australian artists such as Eric Bogle and the Bushwhackers, and has toured and recorded overseas with a number of internationally acclaimed artists in America and Europe. He is well known in the Australian folk scene, both as a musician and as a former Artistic Director of the National Folk Festival. Dave is an in-demand teacher for adults in Irish, bluegrass and other folk styles.
Sarah plays fiddle in a style that is filled with joy and energy, incorporating elements of Scottish, Cape Breton, American old time, Contra/New England, and Québecois traditional music. She plays as a dance musician with Paverty Bush Band and Canberra Contra Club, and previously performed with Contratemps, Spoot o’ Skerry, and Wild Honey (with Jo Cresswell). She also plays in a fiddle/banjo duo with John Taylor – spot them on Facebook or busking at Jammo! She is a devoted addict of the American old time music sessions in Canberra. She has taught fiddle and stepdance workshops at music camps and festivals in Australia and the US, and has given private lessons to people of all ages and abilities. She helps people to play music in a way that suits them; there is no one ‘right’ way. She loves for people to take what works, leave what doesn’t, and adapt what they have learned to suit their own personal expression.