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Brenda Castles comes from a rich tradition of music in Co. Meath, having learned concertina from Rena Traynor (née Crotty) and concertina maestro, Mícheál Ó'Raghallaigh. She has several All Ireland Fleadh titles to her name both in solo and group competitions. Music has brought her around the world from Hong Kong to Rekjavik, Taipei to Tipperary.
Brenda is currently based between Dublin and New York, where she regularly performs and teaches music. She released her debut solo album, 'Indeedin You Needn't Bother' in December of 2016. She teaches classes around the world and in 2020 she'll be teaching at Irish music festivals and arts events across America. She's been a performer in two Celtic Sojourn productions in the Boston area and she joined the Green Fields of America collective for concerts throughout 2016-2020.
I like to find out what my students goals are and then work towards them. I think it's very important to develop the ear so I mainly teach by ear and use notes afterwards. I like to work on ornamentation, rhythm and phrasing.
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Just a device with internet and one of the platforms that I use to teach. And a concertina too!