News update No. 1 Workshop Leaders recruited so far:
Clawhammer Banjo – Bonz Barnes
Dobro – Bonz Barnes
Bluegrass & Beyond Banjo – Andy Anderson
Guitar – Holly Wheeldon
Double Bass – Helen Hutchy
Harmony Singing – Sue Pomeroy and Roger
Mandolin – Chris Pritchett
Fiddle – tbc
News update No.2: Claire Wheeldon emailed me a while back with a great idea. Rather than me tell you about it, I’ll leave that to Claire:
“Just back from SFSS and feeling inspired. Would it be possible to advertise an “Old time banjo tune exchange” as part of the workshop programme with the explanation of “come with a tune to teach the others”. Happy to host it in my awning. Just an idea – it would save me searching the field for old time banjo buddies. ”
This will follow on nicely from Andy’s Banjo Workshop, which will take a look at a novel approach to the art of learning fiddle tunes on any instrument but, in this instance, taught through the medium of banjo.
Watch out for the Music Camp Schedule of Events, published nearer the time, for details of when and where.
News update – No.3. The master of strange and wonderful chords, John McNally, will be running the Western Swing Guitar Workshop again this year. Not to be missed!!
News update No. 4. Our Workshop leader line up is now complete. Johnny Baxter will be running the fiddle workshop. Johnny has been a part of the “session” scene for many years. He has played with the Helsby Mountain String Band for the last 3-4 years and provides a strong drive and rhythm to their sound.
This workshop is for the beginner to intermediate player who wishes to pick up ideas and pointers that they can possibly use in their future playing.
In a friendly and informal atmosphere, johnny hopes to encourage lively discussions, all with the aim to develop and improve.