McDonnell's Traditional Irish Music Slow Session

Music Teachers & Schools

Music Schools

2011  Lake School Dates: Sunday 2 January to Friday 7, 2011.

2009 Lake School (Photo by James Bryon)

The Lake School of Irish music, song and dance is for beginners to advanced players. It is held in Koriot, Victoria during the first week of the new year. It provides an intensive week long program in a variety of instruments and there are plenty of opportunities to join a session. There is also singing, songwriting and a kids programs available. For more information click on Lake School website.

Music under the Southern Cross is held at Campaspe Downs (near Trentham), Victoria. This Celtic music school has been held for many years in Tasmania, but moved to the mainland in 2007.   It offers very high quality classes in a variety of instruments.  For more information look at their website:

Celtic Music Teachers
We have listed Celtic/Irish music instrument teachers that have been recommended by our slow session players. Most of them take students from the greater Melbourne area. If you would like to recommend additional teachers, especially for other instruments, please send us an email with their details.



Ewen Baker: He is one of the best fiddlers in Australia and plays a variety of styles including Celtic/Irish.  He has a lovely touch which is highly sought after by players both young and old. He has recently toured with local icon singer and songwriter Shane Howard, and plays with a number musical groups around Melbourne. Ewen also works with luthier Atelier Puglisi. In addition, he plays and teaches mandolin. You can contact him by phone 0423 489 449 or by email .

Sean Kenan: Teaches traditional Irish music and also does fiddle group meetings. He has published ‘Fancy Yourself Fiddling’ which includes a CD. For additional information about Sean look at his website:

Colin MacLeod: Was born and raised in Scotland and teaches traditional Scottish and Irish music. He regulary appears at festivals around Australia and New Zealand. In 2006, he recorded along with Rory Sinclair the critically acclaimed CD entitled Roaming Free. Check his website for more information about when and where his next worksh0p or performance will be held.

Peter O’Shea: Teaches classical, Australian and traditional Irish music. He was the recipient of the 2004 Golden Fiddle award for teaching fiddle. He is located in Parkdale and can be reached by phone at 9580 3364 or 0409193004.


Tony O’Rourke: Teaches traditional Irish music and in addition, he also teaches bluegrass guitar and bluegrass mandolin. Students can phone him on 5784 2705, or contact him via email at Check out Gerry Gaffney and Tony’s new Irish Guitar Podcast for learning to play the Irish guitar. Just click on Podcast to go directly to the site.


Cath Connelly: Is a wonderful celtic harp player and experienced teacher. For additional information look at her website: You can reach her by phone at 0402 331 906 or email:

Anthea Feakes: Has played the harp for many years. She teaches from home in Hampton, and has several lap harps that can be rented by new students whilst learning from her. Contact Phone No. 9598-6449, please leave a message as I may be teaching.

Whistle & Flute

Linden Greatwood: Teaches a Tin whistle and Flute for the Melbourne Comhaltas. Wednesday: 8 – 10:00 pm.  St Phillips Church Hall, 150 Hoddle St. For more information go to their website by clicking here or on the club name above.


Geoff Jones:  Plays and teaches  Bagpipe, Scottish & Northumbrian pipes

Geoff has been playing the pipes for for over 20 years. He began teaching the pipes during his time with the Nunawading Pipe Band and has  taught pupils at Nunawading and at the Geelong RSL Pipes & Drums.  His pupils have ranged from school-aged beginners to older, more experienced players.

He is currently working towards providing certificate level tuition. He plays a variety of pipes including the Great Highland Bagpipe, Scottish & Northumbrian smallpipes, tin whistles and other instruments. He also offers services for piping performances (weddings, parties, functions, etc.), tuition, workshops and also does maintenance and repairs on pipes.  

For more information check out his website: or contact him via phone: 0419 567 038 or his email ’’