logoHammered Dulcimer Workshop in Ireland!
May 22-29, 2020

Karen Ashbrook with Paul Oorts & Patti Amelotte

Join us for a 7 day long excursion in County Clare Ireland for music,
site-seeing and more!

Study traditional Irish Music on Hammered Dulcimer with Karen Ashbrook and Patti Amelotte assisting. Paul Oorts will be providing instruction and accompaniment too. Time for sight-seeing, daily group music sessions onsite and nightly pub music sessions!

Experience the magical Emerald Isle on 50 acres of land at the edge of the Burren in County Clare located close to Lisdoonvarna and the Cliffs of Moher, in a quiet secluded atmosphere perfect for making music! Wander down a nature trail, native woodland areas, a stone circle, a wildlife pond, a reed labyrinth. Optional morning Yoga Classes (for an extra fee.)

2 Nights at the Queens Hotel in Ennis, County Clare with Irish breakfasts

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+ 5 days at the Boghill Centre (all meals included, hostel accommodations) - an environmentally sustainable complex. A gourmet menu will nourish your soul as well as your body. Cater to all palettes including special diets featuring delicious nurturing vegetarian food sourced primarily from the adjoining organic garden.

$1,600* Package Price includes:

  • Tuition for All Classes
  • 2 Irish Breakfasts in Ennis and All Meals at Boghill
  • All Accommodations - private and double rooms available for an extra fee
  • Mini Class in Irish pennywhistle for all attendees
  • Music Sessions!
  • Transportation from Ennis to Boghill
  • $1200 companion fee for those not taking classes (if registered by 1/15/20)

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May 22-24, 2020 - Ennis, County Clare

Friday, May 22, 2020: Arrive in Ennis. Staying at Queens Hotel, Abbey St., Ennis
4:00 pm: Meet at for tea at Insomnia - a 4 minute walk from our hotel.
After dinner: go for a pint and music downstairs from the hotel at Cruises Bar - famous for its live traditional Irish music!
Cruises Bar
Saturday, May 23: Full Irish breakfast at the hotel included! Free time enjoying walking around Ennis. Visit Custy's Music store!
4:30-5:30 pm: Gather in the bar Queens Hotel for a private class session learning polkas!
Sunday, May 24: Full Irish breakfast at the hotel included! Spend the morning walking around Ennis.
2:00 pm: Meet at hotel to take bus to Boghill Centre

May 24-29, 2020 - Boghill Centre

4:00-5:00 pm: Jig class at Boghill
Monday-Thursday, May 25-28: Optional morning yoga (extra fee).
9:30-noon: Dulcimer class will meet - with a break in the middle.
We have use of a couple spaces and 2 teachers, so we might divide the class up to cater to different skill levels.
noon-1:30 pm: Lunch break
1:30-3:00 pm: Class most days
3:00 pm: Tea Time
5:00-6:00 pm: Music (jam) session in the Octagonal Room (learn a few songs in Irish!) and optional sight seeing excursions.
Early Evening: Whistle classes or a singing session (learn a couple songs in Irish! Bring a song or poem to share!) and then optional pub outings for music sessions to finish off the day.
Friday, May 29: We'll have a morning class and then depart after lunch at Boghill

The schedule can be adapted to the group's preferences. We can take an afternoon off for sight seeing. There is a spectacular walk along the coast from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher, only 7 miles away!

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The Instructors:

Karen AshbrookKaren Ashbrook – acclaimed author of the book/CD set “Playing the Hammered Dulcimer in the Irish Tradition” on Oak Publications. Karen has taught at the Catskills Irish Arts Week, Augusta Irish Week and the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School. She learned her Irish music from playing at pub sessions in England and Ireland. 

While the hammered dulcimer has never been an active part of the Irish traditional music scene, there have been dulcimers in Ireland for centuries and the music sits very well on them – including much of the standard ornamentation.

We will cover a variety of dance tunes and slow airs, focusing on ornamentation and also how to play driving accompaniment for jigs and reels. Since traditional Irish music is an oral tradition, tunes will be taught by ear but written music will also be provided.

Patti AmelottePatti Amelotte attained her Bachelor in Piano Performance from Chapman College in 1983. She was honored as one of the "Outstanding Senior Women" by the College's President that year. During her college career she performed three major solo recitals. Her senior recital attended by the largest audience of any student recital that year. Patti studied piano as well as piano pedagogy under Dr. Joseph Matthews. She graduated with departmental honors.

Since that time, Patti has developed a large private piano teaching business. Her students all perform well at their annual recital in June. Not only has she continued developing hers and her students pianistic abilities but she has also excelled in performing and teaching the hammered dulcimer. In 1990 she won the California State Hammered Dulcimer Championship held in Claremont, CA. Her students have also placed in the beginning and advanced competitions.

Paul OortsPatti has performed throughout California in the bands "Blackthorn" and "Granuaile." In 1989 Granuaile released a cassette. Both of these bands performed in the Summer Concert series in the cities of Anaheim, San Clemente and Cerritos. Patti has performed solo at Disneyland and for Pacific Bell. She was hired to play hammered dulcimer parts for a recording project for "New Earth Productions", Tom Brooks, producer and, along with her current band "Crannóg" she performed on the soundtrack for the movie "Dragon's World", Richard Band Productions.

Patti teaches both piano and hammered dulcimer in Los Angeles and South Orange Counties. She is available as a solo artist as well as with many other traditional and classical instrumentalists and vocalists..

Accompanying the group and helping out as our right hand man, is Paul Oorts. He will be lending his considerable musical talents at music sessions and helping with driving!

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  • 2 Nights at the Queens Hotel in Ennis, County Clare (2 Irish breakfasts included)
  • 5 Nights at The Boghill Centre (all meals included) is an environmentally sustainable complex.  A gourmet menu will nourish your soul as well as your body.   Cater to all palettes including special diets featuring delicious nurturing vegetarian food sourced primarily from the adjoining organic garden and orchard. (add $90/€72 per person for a single or double private room)

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  • $1600 if registered by January 15, 2020. $1850 after 1/15/20.
    • $600 (nonrefundable) due with registration.
    • $500 Due March 1, 2020 (OR half of remaining balance)
    • $500 Due April 16, 2020 (OR remaining balance including extra fees)
  • $1200 Companion fee (not taking classes).
    • $400 (nonrefundable) due with registration.
    • $400 Companion fee due March 1, 2020 (OR half of remaining balance)
    • $400 Companion fee due April 16, 2020 (OR remaining balance including extra fees)
  • RENTAL DULCIMERS AVAILABLE for €100/week. Limited number available - register early!

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  1. Note: Your registration will not be considered final until your first payment is received.

    • First payment of $600 for self

    • First payment of $400 for non-participating companion
  2. You will also need to send in the Registration Form:
    • You can print the form and mail it to Karen at the address on the form.
      (If you prefer, you can send the deposit by check with the registration form instead of using the Paypal "Send $600" button above.)


    • You can fill out the online form below for the full amount, and make the first payment through PayPal's secure site using the "Add to Cart" button(s) above. (You will have the option to pay by credit card, if you do not have a PayPal account.)

Please note that all fields are required!
$1600 if registered by January 15, 2020
$1850 after January 15th
Non-Class Participant: $1200 for spouse/non-class participant
Boghill Center - private room/shared bath (add $100 per person)
Boghill Center - double room/shared bath (add $90 per person)

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