If you're looking to practice your traditional Irish music chops to get ready for St. Patrick's Day, you've got a great opportunity later this month at the Tune Junkie Weekend in Oak Ridge, hosted by Traditional Irish Arts of Knoxville.
The third annual event starts at the Grove Theater in downtown Oak Ridge at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, with an open house and a jam session featuring the weekend's instructors—Chad Beauchaine, Ken Doyle, Davey Mathias, Keith Carr, Jason Herrera, Wendy Smith, and Joseph Sobol. That's all free. Then there are two sessions of hour-long classes (fiddle, whistle, guitar, banjo, bodhran, Irish song, and Celtic finger-style technique for fretted instruments) on Saturday, at 12:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. An introductory jam session follows at 3 p.m. The weekend closes with a concert at 7 p.m. featuring Four Leaf Peat, Corner House, Sobol, Beanie O'Dell, Vincent Fogarty, Smith and more.
Weekend passes, including classes and the concert, are $20. Admission to just the classes is $15, and the concert alone is $10. For tickets and information, visit Traditional Irish Arts of Knoxville.