Bill Forster is an Englishman living in the wilds of Clare. : Exposed to Bluegrass music at an early age he developed his natural talent for playing with a passion. In addition to playing with his local band, the Harrison family band, he visited the States at an early time in his career to immerse himself in the music. For over twenty years Bill Forster has been “the” talent of the five string banjo in the U.K. He can play flat out Scruggs style, melodic like Bill Keith, or in the more pyrotechnic modern style. Bill added his considerable Banjo prowess and musical influences to the Acme band sound in 1983. He is one of the most versatile of Banjo players covering a broad spectrum of styles in his playing which incorporates some fine classical pieces. He's much in demand in the UK in teaching and promoting Bluegrass. He will teach at Sore Fingers in April, and we're delighted to have him at Bluegrass Camp Ireland.
Luke Coffey is a 5 string banjo player, multi-instrumentalist and mighty fine singer. Given his first guitar at a young age , he has been immersed in the music world ever since. Upon completing studies in music and performance at NUI Maynooth in 2011, he has gained a reputation as one of Ireland's leading banjo players. He has been performing for the last 10 years all over Ireland, as well as Europe and North America. Luke fronts original contemporary bluegrass band Breadwinners’ and has performed with most of Ireland's leading bluegrass lights.
An in demand teacher, Luke has a no-frills approach to helping students understand musical concepts and particularly how to integrate into a bluegrass session. A keen practitioner of banjo in both modern and traditional styles, he has plenty to offer students who share his passion for Bluegrass music. This is Luke's second time as a tutor at Bluegrass Camp Ireland. We're delighted to have him back.
Paddy is a modern dynamic tour de force on 5 string banjo. (He's also a killer on Guitar and Mandolin) In addition, he's probably the best bluegrass teacher in the country.
He currently plays with progressive folk band Pine Marten, Persian/Irish crossover band Navá, Roots/Bluegrass band Lands End - Bluegrass Band, the Niall Toner Band, and gigs regularly throughout Ireland and the UK. His banjo playing has also been featured in the dance world, in works by @Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre Company and the National Ballet of Ireland. Constantly pushing boundaries on his instrument, Paddy was the first 5 string banjo player to graduate from the University of Limerick’s MA in Traditional Music Programme.
Paddy is able to bring clarity and a deeper understanding of complex ideas to his charges. He has been running bluegrass jams for many years and will get you playing with others immediately (that's what we're all about).
He maintains a busy teaching schedule, both privately and at Waltons New School of Music in Dublin City Centre. He makes improvement simple, and he's quite brilliant. We're delighted to have him.
More information on his website: www.paddykiernan.com