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The BUZZ...

"Of particular note is Mance Grady, who pounds away on his bodhran like a Celtic Mickey Hart." --Lindsay Cobb - Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
HEAR the's worth the wait
16. Traveller Band Set


"...the icing on the cake." --Johnny Cunningham


"It doesn't get any better." --Joe Derrane


"...formidable." --Keith Corrigan, Quebecois accordion great


"...a top-class talent." --Alan Loughnane, Irish Voice


"...regarded as one of the finest bodhrán players, actually general percussionists in traditional music..." --Brian O'Donovan, WGBH's Celtic Sojourn, Boston, Mass.


"He plays the tune."--Séamus Connolly


"Grady's musicianship is unquestionable... Prepare to gasp at the deftness." --Michael Caito, The Providence Phoenix


"The bodhrán ... in the hands of a percussion master like Mance Grady -- can be a remarkably expressive instrument... " --Andy Smith, The Providence Journal

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or you may call 401 333-2293 (EST)

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 - 1-3

Beginner/Intermediate Bodhrán Workshop with Mance Grady
Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre
Fiddler's Green (Galway Room)
19 Temple St., Worcester, MA
ph. (508) 795-0400

Directions: here

Bodhran players and those of you who'd like to learn how to play this ancient drum of Ireland. Now is your opportunity to study under the experienced eye of Mance Grady, the first bodhran player to be recognized as a Master Player by the National Endowment for the Arts and sanctioned to teach this instrument. Mance has been a bodhran player for 33 years and a percussionist for 45 years. His beginnings were well grounded in the classical tradition under the tutelage of Walter Tokarczyk, percussionist for the Boston Pops Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. As a player, Mance has performed with the best of the best in Irish traditional music. As a teacher, Mance stands apart with his uncanny ability to recognize "bad habits" that prevent students from advancing as they should and offering positive direction to get you on the right track. Sign up now for this 2 hour workshop on playing the bodhran, the heartbeat of Irish music.

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Or call (401) 333-2293 or email to pre-register ($50/person). Class size limited. Pre-registration recommended.

Day of class - Registrations accepted day of class only if there is space available. Cash only. Plan to arrive 20 minutes early to register.

To get the most out of this class, bring your own bodhran, or borrow one from a friend. Mance will be bringing a couple for students to try, but cannot supply them for everyone.

Mance Grady (last minute of closing Bodhrán solo) - 4.6mb
Berklee College of Music


Mance is also a member of the New England Touring Roster and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Artists in Folk Traditions, participating in various presentations of the Irish bodhrán in both concert and workshop settings.

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