Irish Society of North Alabama
Promoting the Irish Culture in Northern Alabama through Education, Dance, Music, and the Arts


The Irish Society of North Alabama receives many questions about where to learn Irish music and dance.  The following are members of the Irish Society that instruct on Irish music and Dance:


Want to Learn How to Legally Hit a Goat? (Lessons on the Bodhrán- The Irish Drum)

Local bodhrán player and ISNA member Andy Kruspe is offering lessons on this uniquely Irish drum. He is currently the drummer for Black Market Haggis- a band that will be visiting the pub on June 6.

Andy has over 20 years of percussion teaching experience with students ages 12 to adult. In addition to teaching, he also performs regularly with several Celtic groups, including Mithril, David Coe and Friends, The Nashville Ceili Band, and The Piper Jones Band. Andy is the winner of the 2014 Midwest Fleadh in the Over 18 Division for the bodhrán.

In March of 2014, Andy self-published The Bodhrán Primer- an extensive method book that Martin O'Neill (Danú, Julie Fowlis) called "...the most comprehensive resource I've seen for bodhrán." This book will serve as course material.

Students will need to purchase a drum, tipper, and a copy of The Bodhrán Primer for the lessons. Andy can suggest suitable instruments at various price points.

For more information or to schedule lessons, please e-mail him at, call him at 256-503-2027, or visit


We have partnered with Fitness Arts Center since the start of the Irish Society and they are always willing to participate in events we host or that we support.  From their website:

Fitness Arts Center is a versatile center for the performing arts that offers programs for the serious dancer, or for those who simply want to take classes for recreational purposes.

We specialize in Irish step dance! We have Irish dance classes for all ages that serve the Madison and Huntsville areas.


If you've ever wanted to learn to play the Irish pennywhistle or the Scottish highland bagpipes, here is your chance.  Mike Lyon, ISNA member, is offering individual lessons in his home near Hampton Cove.  Mike has 27 years of experience playing the Highland bagpipes and was a member of the Celtic band SlipJig for more than 10 years.


Initial equipment expenses are modest (~$15-20 for a budget whistle or ~$75-100 for a bagpipe practice chanter).  The instruction is tailored to take into consideration any prior musical background and ability to practice at home on a regular basis. 

You are never too old or too young to begin playing and enjoying the great wealth of Celtic music.  Students from 6 to 96 are sought.  For further information on the how's, the what's, or the when's of individual lessons (or any other questions you might have), contact Mike at


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