These pictures are from the 2017 Music Camp.





Here is a list of the workshops we will be running this year:

Banjo (Sat 11.15 – 12.15 Marquee): Workshop Leader –  Andy Anderson.  Andy has been teaching banjo and guitar for the last 10 years or so after decades of learning and playing. His novel approach focuses on the ‘why’ behind what is being played and is based on the development of a good understanding of the logic of fretboard mechanics.  In this workshop he will be looking at an approach to learning a fiddle tune.  This involves easy to follow information on the common structures of fiddle tunes and will also delve into how to recognise the difference between a Reel, a Jig and a Hornpipe.

Clawhammer banjo (Sat 10-11am Marquee): Workshop Leader: Bonz Barnes:    Bonz has been singing and playing in wide variety of  bands for over 40 years, including folk, bluegrass, old time, blues, country, western swing, and rock’n’roll. An experienced teacher on a number of instruments, he will be focussing on the basics of clawhammer banjo, and how best to  accompany singing and other instruments. However, if you want ‘Bowie on the banjo’, you’ll have to catch him around the campsite.

Guitar (Sat 12.30-13.30 Pickin’ Tent No2) Workshop Leader  –  Holly Wheeldon:  Holly is the older sister in The Cotton Wool Mice duo. She started having classical guitar lessons when she was 9 years old. However, she soon changed to an acoustic fingerpicking style as she found it much more interesting. She discovered bluegrass music at the Didmarten Bluegrass Festival, where she saw many bands including the Carrivick Sisters, Jaywalkers and Cup O’ Joe. After being inspired by these young bluegrass bands she decided to take up the fiddle and began to flatpick the guitar. Since then, Holly has loved learning Bluegrass tunes from friends at festivals and from her teachers, Charlotte Carrivick and Richard Partridge.  This will be Holly’s first formal workshop. She has developed her knowledge and skills under the guidance and tuition of some of the Country’s best players and she has an amazing ability to impart what she knows to others in a clear, concise manner.

Dobro (Sat 12.30-13.30 Pickin’ Tent No.1): Workshop Leader – Bonzes Barnes  Bonz is a multi instrumentalist and a past master when it comes to explaining how an instrument works and what can be achieved with it.

Fiddle (Sat 10-11am Pickin’ Tent No.2): Workshop Leader – Johnny Baxter.  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.

Bass (Sat 10-11am Pickin’ Tent No.1): Workshop Leader – Helen Hutchy. Helen is a reformed banjo player and occasional busker. When she is not teaching English, she sings and plays bass in Catfish Skillet, Hebden Bridge’s premier bluegrass band. She also plays bass with country swing band Murston Bapchild and the Braxton Hicks and has depped with the 309s. Her broad understanding of, and experience with, a variety of genres will appeal to both beginners and to those who may be looking for more, in equal measure.

Bluegrass & Beyond – Mandolin (Sat 11.15-12.15 Pickin’ Tent No.1) Chris Pritchett.  Chris is an experienced teacher of mandolin as well as an extraordinarily talented builder of wonderful mandolins.  His  workshops are always packed out.

Swing Guitar (Sat 11.15-12.15 Pickin’ Tent No.2): 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 more recently been honed as a Sore Fingers tutor.

Harmony singing (Fri 10-11am Marquee): Workshop Leaders: Sue Pomeroy and Roger Jackson.  Within the Bluegrass harmony singing community it is true to say that Sue and Roger warrant the status of nation treasures.  They are passionate about their art and driven when it comes to sharing their passion with others.

Stage Set Up (Sun 10-11am Marquee):  Workshop Leader: Luan Le Ngoc.  Luan is very knowledgable on all aspects of stage set up including lighting.

If you are an experienced workshop leader or an experienced player and would like to pass on your knowledge and learning to others, please contact Andy Anderson at:

Experienced players under the age of 18 who would like to lead a workshop with some guidance are welcome to apply.

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