News Updates

News update No. 1  Chris pritchett will be running the Bluegrass and Beyond mandolin workshop which will take place on Saturday morning at a time to be confirmed nearer the time.

Andy Anderson will be running a banjo workshop on Saturday morning and a guitar workshop on Sunday morning.

News update No. 2   Harmony (Saturday 12.30 – 1,30): Workshop Leader:  Sue Pomeroy.  Sue has kindly agreed to run the Harmony Workshop. Sue is a well know and popular figure on the British Bluegrass circuit. She is one of the fabulous Rye Sisters (, renowned for their close harmony, and she is also an experienced harmony workshop leader, as those who attended her workshop at Sore Fingers ( last October will undoubtedly testify…

News Update No.3  Dobro (Sunday am): Workshop Leader – Noel Dashwood. Noel has been a Dobro fanatic for the past 5 years and has studied under Sally Van meter, Rob Ickes and Billy Cardine. Noel also attended ResoSummit in Nashville and taught at the last October weekender at Sore Fingers. Noel plays with many bands and singers but his main thing is his folk trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood ( who have been touring constantly around the folk clubs of England for the last two years.Screen Shot 2018-03-26 at 17.00.32

News Update No. 4  Bass  (Saturday am): Workshop Leader –  John Murphy: After 20 years of bad guitar, John has been focusing on bass for the last 12 years. For ten or those he has been playing ’40s and ’50s influenced music with the 309s. ( He also has played occasional bluegrass with Cowbaby, The Groovin’ Brothers and the Doghouse Irregulars.  Expect one or two of the tips and tricks John has picked up from Todd Phillips, Missy Raines, Danny Thompson and Eric Thorin at many Sore Fingers Bass classes.

News Update No 5. Clawhammer banjo (Saturday am): Workshop Leader: ‘Bonz’
Barnes.   Bonz has been playing and singing in a wide variety of bands for over 40 years,
including folk, bluegrass, old time, blues, country, western swing and rock’n’roll.  He is
an experienced teacher on a number of instruments and will be focussing on the basics
of clawhammer banjo, and how best to accompany singing and other instruments.
However, if you want ‘Bowie on banjo’, you’ll have to catch him around the campsite.
News Update No.6.   Fiddle (Saturday am): Workshop Leader – Robbie Sherratt. Hailing from North Staffordshire, Robbie Sherratt is an innovative freelance fiddler, known for his ability to genre-hop at the blink of an eye. Whilst being of the open minded sort, his roots in traditional Folk music remain the basis of his pursuit for new music. Robbie’s love of bluegrass started at an early age from listening to Muleskinner and after honing his improvising techniques at local bluegrass, old time sessions and open mics accompanying others, Robbie was invited to guest regularly with the ‘Slippery Hill Boys’. Now finishing his studies at Newcastle University, he’s become a big fish on the North East bluegrass scene playing regularly with ‘Chester & the Fog’,with whom he supported ‘Ron Block & Sierra Hull’ at the Sage, and has occasionally stepped in with  ‘The Kentucky Cowtippers’.
News Update No.7.  Swing Guitar (Saturday am): Workshop Leader: John McNally. John will be addressing the ‘Beyond’ bit of Bluegrass and Beyond. He is a leading exponent of the mysteries of Swing/Jazz guitar chords. Over the  last 40 odd years he’s been in various collaborations and played local radio, ceilidhs, barn dances, fairs and festivals. He has also specifically played in a jazz duo, jazz trios and jazz quartets.  He will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to bear in his delivery of what will undoubtedly be a fascinating and informative workshop. His workshop leader skills have recently been honed as a Sore Fingers tutor.

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