Joe K. Walsh set a William Butler Yeats poem to music and plays it here with an all-star band, live at the Great Lakes Music Camp last fall.
by Dan Gabel
January 02, 2020
Joe K. Walsh teaches the Bluegrass Mandolin Jam Favorites and The Advancing Mandolinist courses on Peghead Nation, and in addition to being an amazing teacher and player, Joe writes playful, twisty instrumentals and deep, moving songs. He also has a talent for putting age-old poetry to music, as he did with the William Butler Yeats poem “The Fiddler of Dooney.”
Joe was one of four Peghead Nation instructors at the Great Lakes Music Camp in October 2019, and during the instructor concert he gathered fellow Peghead instructor Brittany Haas along with Darol Anger, Missy Raines, and Grant Gordy to join him in playing “The Fiddler of Dooney,” with Brittany and Darol celebrating the poem’s theme with some stunning dual fiddling toward the end of the song.
For more from this group, see them play a beautiful version of the traditional tune “Dry and Dusty” here.
To learn fiddle with Brittany, enroll in her Fiddle Styles Workshop course on Peghead Nation.
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