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Latest Recordings

Here are some of Mara's latest singles, as well as popular albums. There are many English Country Dances that you may enjoy here. Also stay tuned for an upcoming album from the Elftones! Your support is always appreciated.

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All About
Mara Shea

I live in North Carolina, USA, where I am a fiddle player, fiddle teacher, writer, and editor. I play Celtic music. Generally speaking, that means Scottish, Irish, and other music from the British Isles. Dance music is what I love best—Scottish country dances, English country dances, and Irish set dances, as well as contra dances, parties, and concerts with the fiddle-guitar duo, The Elftones and with fiddle-piano due, Copious Notes.

I teach and coach students in the fundamentals of fiddle playing, introducing them gradually to techniques that make the music sound more Irish, or Scottish, danceable, lyrical, and most important, fun to play.

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Samples

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A good place to find a lot of traditional tunes, mostly Celtic, with history and sheet music for many of them.
(formerly Fiddler's Companion)
A descriptive index of North American and British Isles music for the folk violin and other instruments.
A journal dedicated to fiddlers and accompanists, filled with useful information about style, history, technique tidbits. It also features several transcriptions of tunes in each issue.
A great resource for all kinds of information about all kinds of music and theory. There is enough useful information on this website to keep you distracted for weeks. Have fun!

Featured
Music

Stay tuned for a new release from the Elftones!
Heather Hills, Scottish Dance Music album
- Mara Shea and Dave Wiesler
All the Pretty Horses, Celtic tunes and songs from Scotland, Ireland, England, France and America.
- Elftones and Rhianoon Giddens
In 3/4 Time, Waltzes - Mara Shea on Violin, Julie Gorka on piano and harp, Dean Herington on clarinet, Ted Ehrhard on violin and Walt Robinson on recorder.
- Mara Shea and Julie Gorka
Spring Garden, an English Country Dance tune.
- Mara Shea
Mist-Covered Mountains, high-energy contra dance music and beautiful waltzes.
- Elftones
Mrs. Jamieson's Favourite, Scottish country dance, English country dance, and contra dance music.
- Copious Notes, Mara Shea and Julie Gorka
The Moon and Seven Stars and self-titled albumnElftones
- Elftones

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"How can we know the dancer from the dance?" William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
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"You are the music while the music lasts." T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
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"Socrates...found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent." Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)
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"Now begins a torrent of words and a trickling of sense." Theocritus of Chios (310 - 250 BCE)
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"Hope is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul. / And sings the tune / Without the words / and never stops at all." Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)