“Friendly and supportive tutors who cover a wide variety of styles”
” Whatever your level of competence the tutors are extremely encouraging”
(From Fun Fiddle survey 2014)
Gica Loening joined the Fun Fiddle team in 2003 and has been teaching fiddle in a community setting since 1998. She has also been a longstanding fiddle tutor for Edinburgh’s Scots Music Group and has nurtured countless adult fiddle learners into the world! She founded and performs with Edinburgh’s well established all women Belle Star Band and also Celter Schmelter klezmer Trio. She has gained a reputation as one of the few Scottish klezmer tutors. Alongside fiddle teaching, Gica is Youth Music Initiative Education Officer for East Lothian Council, and also works freelance as a music practitioner. She holds an MSc in ‘Music in the Community’ and lives in Portobello with her partner and three sons who are also musicians.
Contact Gica on 0131 669 7618 or 07814 657 029
Rona Wilkie is an award winning fiddle player and Gaelic singer from Argyll. Having been crowned BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2012, Rona has gone onto prove herself at the forefront of the Scottish fiddle scene. She combines voice and fiddle to create a new exciting perspective on Highland music, and has pushed the boundaries for fusion, combining her home tradition with many musicians from across the world. Not least among these is her debut album with Marit Fält, which was widely critically acclaimed. She is also in demand as a composer, having written a New Voices for Celtic Connections, commissioned for string quartet and several film scores. When not playing music, she is writing a PhD on Gaelic song of the Clearances at the University of Edinburgh. http://maritandrona.co.uk/.
Marit Fält is a multi instrumentalist brought up in Norway of Swedish parentage. She is best known for her playing of the Swedish Låtmandola, an instrument that has been described as “…the Barry White of the mandolin world…” Having graduated from Newcastle University with the highest performance mark ever achieved, she tours internationally and works as a composer with a range of artists. She is a leading proponent of using plucked instruments in a range of ways – equally as comfortable to lead as to accompany. Her main projects have included VAMM, Marit and Rona, Kirsty Law to name but a few.
Ros Gasson has been teaching the String Circle fiddle classes and workshops in Edinburgh since 2009. Having learnt to play fiddle as an adult, Ros gained an insight into some of the difficulties and challenges of learning to play the fiddle later in life. Ros’s teaching focuses on helping to find ways around these, developing tone, tuning and rhythm, and a fluid playing style. Ros is a founder member of Edinburgh-based Da Hooley Ceilidh Band.
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