September 2016, Róisín Dubh celebrates fifteen years!
For fifteen years, East Rochester High School's Róisín Dubh has used traditional music, traditional instruction, and student creativity to create an experience that is like no other for musician and audience.
The bulk of our repertoire comes from the Irish music tradition, with a few additions from Scotland, Appalachia, and other sources.
Our musicians learn technique, style, and repertoire by ear, through modeling. Music is rarely notated until it has already been learned.
Once a tune is learned, the student performers begin to create and improvise chords, rhythmic backups, and harmonies to create their own arrangements.
Róisín Dubh is available to perform at public and private events. We typically present 15-20 performances a year, and students have performed more than 300 times since the program's inception in 2001. We normally have 30 to 60 tunes in our repertoire, and our performances can last from just a few tunes up to three hours without repeated music. If you are interested in hiring Róisín Dubh or need more information on our performances, please contact director Mark Gowman.