Stephen Keene

fiddle teacher

Based in
Bury, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Greater Manchester, Lancashire

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I hold the Advanced Teastas Teagasc Ceolta Tire (Diploma in Traditional Music).
I’ve been playing the violin since I was 7 years old—I learned classical violin as a youngster and played in orchestras and chamber ensembles from then on. I still do - a bit!
I discovered fiddle in my late teens at home and at University and when I moved to Liverpool in the 1970s I began my apprenticeship with the Liverpool Ceili Band. Eamon Coyne, Sean MacNamara and Peggy Peakin taught me all I know and a fair bit I have forgotten. I competed in the Fleadh Cheoil na h’Eireann in 1981 and got my Teastas in Dublin the previous year, the first person from the UK to achieve it. I now play with a Ceili Band in the Manchester area and with others who want a fiddle player.
I have been teaching fiddle in the Manchester area for a few years now.

I have a clean Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau.

What I can do:
Start you off on the fiddle.
If you already play the fiddle/violin, either a little or a lot, I can help you improve your playing, teach you new tunes and develop the traditional style.
Teach you some music theory, if you want it, particularly as applied to traditional music.
Introduce you to places where you will be able to hear traditional fiddling taking place and, if you wish, enable you to join in.
Most important - give you lots of FUN!


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


If you need to cancel a lesson, please make every effort to give as much notice as possible, at least 24 hours. I will try to re-schedule if it is at all possible.
Once tuition is confirmed, time slots taken cannot be sold to another student, and opportunities for alternative arrangements on those dates scheduled could be missed. Therefore, other than for extenuating circumstances, the full fee may be charged if 24 hours notice is not given.
If students arrive for a confirmed lesson that cannot take place due to my fault or error, a make-up lesson, in addition to a lesson, free of charge will be given. If I miss a confirmed lesson due to an emergency, a make-up lesson alone will be given, always assuming it can be scheduled.
It is definitely preferable that students must study with only one violin/fiddle teacher, due to possible conflicting techniques. Students with two teachers cannot learn effectively, and therefore cannot be accepted by me.

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