I hope it is sunny where you are – April certainly lived up to it’s changeable weather personality here in Roscommon. It was hailstones, gale force winds and rain with scattered sunny spells rather than the other way around.

(Photo : Tom McElvogue)
It’s been quite a while since I’ve sent out a mailing list natter and I’ve been taking some time out from touring during the last 6 months or so, but still teaching in various formats; some very enjoyable days with students at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at Limerick University and teaching once a month in the Droitwich / Worcester area (see www.teachingaccordion.com for details). Skype lessons are also starting to prove popular and can be set up easily (email me at info@karentweed.com for details). I’ve also been helping Hannah James plan and arrange some of the music for her forthcoming solo tour this autumn, entitled ‘Jigdoll’. She’s a fantastic accordionist and lovely singer – those of you who haven’t seen her clog dance. . .well. . .she is quite simply astounding.

I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be performing a solo concert at Bishop’s Castle Town Hall on Friday 12th June and then leading a piano accordion workshop the following day at Bishop’s Castle Methodist Church Hall (Sat 13th June) from 10 am – 4.30pm (Information and Tickets from : keith@woodmail.co.uk   Tel: 01588 638242
more details below). I often get asked about phrasing, ornamentation, playing at speed and alternative ideas for basswork when playing Irish traditional music, so this workshop will hopefully explore all of these ideas and more. Places for the workshop are limited and participants will get free entry to the Friday evening concert.

I’m also teaching at the Acadia Trad School at the end of June – it’s in Bar Harbor, Maine USA and is a week-long Celtic Music event with classes, workshops, sessions and concerts. You can go for the week, or pop into one of the afternoon workshops and I’m really excited about the line up of tutors which includes Bruce Molsky and Liz Carroll. It runs from 29th June until 3rd July.

See http://www.acadiatradschool.com/    for more information.

And lastly, here is a newsletter looking for a fairer deal for the use of online creative work :


Today, four international organisations representing more than 500,000 performers in Europe joined forces to launch a campaign for the fair treatment of all performers in the digital environment.

The ‘Fair Internet for Performers Campaign’ brings together AEPO-ARTIS, EuroFIA, FIM and IAO, who represent musicians, singers, actors and dancers, all united in their call to the European legislator to ‘make the Internet a fair environment for performers’.

Nick Mason of British band Pink Floyd said: “No more time must be wasted. The European Commission is currently preparing to modernise the EU copyright rules and any such effort cannot deny young people coming into our industry the chance to get properly paid for their work”.

Speaking on the eve of the release of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy, AEPO-ARTIS, EuroFIA, FIM and IAO call on the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council to take action as a matter of priority to ensure that performers get a fair share of online revenues through a new, unwaivable remuneration right for legal on demand uses of their work. This right would be collected from digital platforms that make the performances available on demand and subject to mandatory collective management.

Current legislation makes it easy for businesses to deny performers fair remuneration for the legal exploitation of their work online. All exclusive rights granted to performers under EU legislation are generally transferred to producers under contractual agreements.

Only a few ‘featured performers’ manage to negotiate the payment of mostly very low royalties for the exploitation of their performances.

The vast majority of performers receive no remuneration at all, or, at best, a derisory single all-inclusive fee. EU legislation which aims to protect performers also in the digital environment has therefore failed. The European legislator must ensure that its on-going reform process addresses this situation and creates a sustainable cultural and creative industry where performers are remunerated for the online exploitation of their performances.
Fran Healy of UK band Travis stated: “The opportunity to make streaming payments equitable for the artists who record and perform the songs we all love is one giant step towards a savvier, more sustainable music industry”.

To register your support for this campaign, please go to http://www.fair-internet.eu/

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
With kind regards,

Jen Oglesby

Email: jen@raap.ie
Tel:  +353 (0)1 278 8724
Fax: +353 (0)1 278 8722
RAAP House,
15 Carysfort Avenue,
Blackrock, Co. Dublin

I hope you have a good week,


KT dates :

Friday 12th June : Karen Tweed Solo at Bishop’s Castle Town Hall, SY9 5BG
7.30 p.m. (for an 8pm start)
Tickets : £8 advance / £10 on the door.
Information and Tickets from : keith@woodmail.co.uk   Tel: 01588 638242 or from Bishop’s Castle Town Hall.

Saturday 13th June : Piano Accordion Irish Music workshop with Karen Tweed at Bishop’s Castle Methodist Church Hall, SY9 5AQ
9.30 a.m. (for a 10 am start) – approx. 4.30pm
Tickets : £45 (includes free entry to the Friday evening concert).