We are based in Charlottesville, Virginia and are seeking non-profit status.
BRIMS offers regular classes in Irish traditional music on various instruments, and presents educational workshops, social events, and ceilis.
We sponsor master classes and field trips and actively support the local session scene.
BRIMS is constantly seeking new opportunities to teach Irish traditional music and it's social context to our more than 100 members and our community.
Our performing group and instructors perform extensively in the local community, both formally and informally, contributing to its cultural richness and diversity.
We are dedicated, in all our educational efforts, to nurturing and supporting musical integrity and the learning process.
We always welcome new members.
BRIMS released The Virginia Reel this year to share the sound of our local Irish music, and real talents of the young local players and their teachers.
This recording represents the best playing of a very accomplished group of musicians who have dedicated themselves to learning and sharing the traditional music of Ireland, and it captures the relaxed, social atmosphere of the music.
It also includes an unreleased live track from the traditional group Roaring Mary.
According to the well-known Washington, DC Irish fiddle teacher and music importer, Philippe Varlet, "There are a lot of recordings released in the US these days which get labeled as Irish traditional music, but few which deserve that label.
This one does, and then some.
On top of which it's a steal...($12.00) Irish traditional music was developed by the Irish people, both at home and in countries where they have emigrated in the last several centuries, and is now played and enjoyed by many without any familial connection with Ireland.
An oral tradition, Irish traditional music is ideally transmitted from one generation to the next and from musician to musician.
In our early stages, members of BRIMS traveled to Ireland in April 2000 as part of our commitment to teaching and to keeping the tradition alive and true to its roots.
By traveling to Ireland, the members of BRIMS discovered the music in its original contexts, learned repertoire, technique, and perspective from local musicians, and returned to Central Virginia able to further enrich the community through performances, session playing, and presentations in the area.
Alex Davis, a 13-year-old fiddle student, wrote, "I hope to bring back to the community more tunes to share, stories of new Irish friends, and a deeper sense of what my music and instrument are all about." Irish traditional music is alive and well in the United States, and its popularity has been steadily growing in Irish-American communities and beyond.
With the quick rise to prominence Irish music and culture have seen in the last few years, the average American listener has access to productions such as Riverdance and even to concerts by Altan, Dervish, and other traditional groups.
These increasingly commercialized means of getting the music to the consumer, however, often leave little room for the transmission of context or the traditional musician's perspective.
To musicians in Charlottesville, VA, the urban centers of the East Coast are both geographically and conceptually distant, and without convenient access to urban Irish-American centers such as New York City or Boston, many of our members first discovered the music at concerts and through recordings.
They later learned of the non-commercial, social contexts in which the music is most usually found, and now seek opportunities to experience the living tradition.
The Blue Ridge Irish Music School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, or sexual preference in membership or any school administered programs.
For more information search for Blue Ridge Irish Music School on the web.
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1. Noisy Curlew/Musical Priest/Crock of Gold
2. Sean Ryan's/The Street Player
3. Sporting Moll/West Clare Railway
4. John Walsh's#1/Johnny O'Leary's/Lakes of Sligo
5. Aggie White's/Down the Broom
6. O'Reilly's Grave/Other Cliffs of Moher/The Milltimber
7. Westlin Winds
8. In Continental Mood/Silly Wizard Waltz/Mulhaire's
9. Donegal Highland/The Merry Sisters/Frank's Reel
10. Banks of Sullane/Return to Camden Town/Limerick Lasses
11. Golden Castle Hornpipe
12. Road to Ballymac/Bunker Hill/Sligo Creek
13. Jimmy Lyons' Highlands/The Windmill
14. She Moved Through the Fair
15. Trip to Kilkenny/The Cos Reel/Up and Around the Bend