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Irish traditional music on flute & tin whistle.

Hi there, and welcome to my page! I'm a musician and teacher from County Dublin specializing in Irish traditional music on tin whistle and flute. Here you will find some information about me, my musical projects, and how to get in touch. 

About

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Christina Dolphin was born in County Dublin, Ireland. She took up the tin whistle at age 7 and went on to learn the flute a few years later. Her main teachers were Sarah Jane Woods and June McCormack.

After studying both nutrition and music at undergraduate level, Christina went on to complete a scholarship-funded master’s degree in ethnomusicology from University College Dublin, where she lectures occasionally on Irish traditional music.

Over the past decade, she has toured extensively; performing and teaching in Ireland, the UK, America, Canada, Europe, China, Southeast Asia and New Zealand.

She is a two-time All-Ireland champion, and also holds several other medals from various All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil competitions.

Christina has just moved home to Dublin after three years in New York, where she taught with the Irish Arts Center, and performed regularly with the Grammy-nominated, Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Come From Away.



Teaching

Christina has been teaching tin whistle and flute for over a decade.  She has experience teaching children and adults of all ages and levels through private one-to-one lessons, group lessons, workshops, Skype lessons, and corporate events. 

Private lessons

If you would like to arrange a Skype lesson or an in-person lesson, please get in touch by filling in the application form in the 'contact' section

Student Quotes

"Christina is my tin whistle teacher at the Irish Arts Center in NYC. I just finished my second semester with her, and I couldn’t be happier! Christina is engaging, patient, funny and altogether an effective teacher. Emphasis on the patient. 😉" - Barbara Parry Fox

"I took Christina's Tin Whistle 1 class through the Irish Arts Center and enjoyed it very much. We learned five really nice songs, some I was familiar with and some that were new to me, and she is a very good teacher--patient and knowledgeable." - Edward Dickman

"I have been taking whistle lessons with Christina for several terms at Irish Arts Center and she is an excellent teacher. She can both perform and teach. Her performance credentials from the past include 2007 All-Ireland Fleadh senior winner in Flute - Slow Airs. Most recently, she is alternate Flute-whistle player in the NY City, Broadway musical "Come From Away." Not all great performers are also great teachers but Christina is one of them. I would say her greatest assets are her encouraging manner and her ability to be aware of how a student is doing (even when it is a group lesson). The latter allows her to offer corrections as needed." - Brian Wrynn

Teaching Resume

 

Irish Arts Center, Manhattan, NYC: tin whistle tutor. 2016-2018.

Irish Arts Center, Manhattan, NYC: masterclasses on slow airs and sessions. 2017-present.

Catskills Irish Arts Week, NY: tin whistle tutor. 2018. 

Catskills Irish Arts Week Fall Series, NY: tin whistle tutor. 2017.

Facebook, Dublin: tin whistle workshop facilitator. 2015.

Fáilte Ireland, Dublin: tin whistle workshop facilitator. 2015.

Ceoltóirí Chluain Tarbh, Dublin: flute tutor. 2014-2015.

St. Patrick's College of Education, Drumcondra, Dublin: music tutor (intro to Irish traditional music). 2015.

University College Dublin, School of Music: teaching assistant (music, culture & society), tutor (music theory), and guest lecturer (Irish traditional music scene in Dublin city). 2014-2015.

Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, Ontario, Canada: flute and slow airs tutor. 2011 & 2012.

Scoil Éigse Summer School, Cavan: flute tutor. 2010 & 2011; slow airs masterclass 2011.

Trinity College Dublin Trad Soc. Flute Teacher. 2008 & 09. 

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Tin whistle, flute, and grúpa ceoil tutor at various branches in Dublin, Wicklow, and Limerick. 2005-2016.

 

weddings

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Christina and Dan are award-winning Irish traditional musicians who have performed worldwide for over a decade. They both have All-Ireland medals, music degrees and have performed on Broadway stages. Christina and Dan have been playing together for the past four years, and in that time have brought their music to Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Ireland and the USA, performing for all sorts of events including cultural exchanges, charity fundraisers, embassy and corporate events, Bar Mitzvah parties, birthday parties, and weddings. They are dedicated professional musicians who tailor their performance to your needs, creating the perfect musical atmosphere for your special day.

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The Ceremony

Christina and Dan will provide a gentle backdrop of Irish airs and melodies while your guests await the arrival of the bride. Melodies can range from light, upbeat jigs to slower romantic airs. Throughout the ceremony, appropriate music will be chosen from the traditional Irish repertoire and arranged to suit each stage of your unique ceremony. The bride and groom are most welcome to choose specific melodies that would suit our instruments and genre.

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The Reception

While you’re out and about getting your photos taken, we can provide background music to keep your guests entertained throughout the drinks reception. As your guests chat and relax, we will play some lively jigs and reels to keep everyone’s toes tapping while they await the evening meal.

Day Two

Christina and Dan can also provide background music for your next-day BBQ or event. We play a mixture of reels, jigs, and some slower pieces as you relax and chill out with your loved ones after the big day, whatever way you decide to do it! To chat to us about music for your wedding, please get in touch by filling in the form below. Although we are based in Dublin, Ireland, we are available to travel to venues further afield.

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“We wanted some Irish music in the background at our post wedding BBQ.
Christina and her partner were the perfect providers, and our guests
loved the music and the fact it was live. I would thoroughly recommend
working with Christina again.“ - Katherine’s wedding at Tinakilly House, June 2018.

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Media

 

The Druid Pub, Cambridge MA. At the heart of Inman Square in Cambridge, tucked between Boston & Somerville, The Druid has become an oasis for traditional Irish music. Owned & operated by Mikey Crawford, a native of Ennistymon in Co. Clare, its connections to, & reverence for, Clare’s musical heritage are clearly evident as soon as you enter. Down through the years we’ve been lucky enough to have had some of the best Irish musicians either side of the Atlantic settle themselves into the corner of our establishment & play their hearts out. This recording comes from a great evening of celebration we had to launch our CD 'Live at the Druid'. It captures the people & personalities, the fun & the craic, & most of all – the warmth of character that has helped establish the Druid as one of Boston’s great Irish music bars. Thanks to our friend Sam Graff who shot and edited all video footage. Check out his website @ http://smallgiraffes.com/ Check out the album: https://thedruidpub.bandcamp.com/releases
A collection of photographs by Neal Warshaw documenting the 24th year of the Catskills Irish Arts Week featuring workshops in Irish music, song, dance, story telling, language, arts and crafts. Featuring 60+ world class performers/teachers with daily classes, talks, chats and nightly concerts, ceilis, sessions and listening rooms. Musical accompaniment of this slide show by Dan Gurney on Button Accordion, Christina Dolphin on Flute and Dylan Foley on Fiddle.

CONTACT

I am currently based in Dublin, but I am frequently in NYC for performances and shows, so please get in touch if you would like to arrange a lesson or concert in Dublin or NYC.

You can also get me on Skype for some music lessons from the comfort of your home! For further details, please fill in the form below. 

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