App launched to teach the fiddle

Mairéad Hickey, current National Concert Hall Young Musician of the Year, has released a music education application called ‘Irish Fiddler’ for the iPad and iPhone/iPod touch.

The app features the Kerry Polka, Maggie in the Woods and Britches Full of Stitches. Each tune contains a listening lesson, tutorial, slow play through, bowing instruction, printed music and a tutorial of how to transition from one tune to another so that the tunes can be played on a set or medley .

It will be officially launched by Micheál Martin TD in the CIT Cork School of Music on 20 February.