Details of workshops and workshop leaders will be announced over the next few months. However, subject to availability of workshop leaders , here is a list of the workshops we hope to run:

Banjo – Bluegrass and general improvisation tips (Saturday 10am): Workshop Leader – Andy Anderson.  

 Andy has been teaching 5 string banjo and guitar – in various forms – for the last nine years. He was concurrently the lead guitarist with some banjo, dobro and vocals for the Slippery Hill Boys and the banjo player with some mandolin, dobro and vocals for the Jake Leg Jug Band. He left both bands at the end of 2015 to focus on teaching but seems to have found himself in an emerging band called Strung Out For Now, dabbling in an eclectic mix of bluegrass, old time, plus some jazz blues and a touch of swing courtesy of Chris Pritchett.

Clawhammer banjo (Saturday 11.15am): 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 (Saturday 11.15 am): Workshop Leader – Andy Anderson.  This workshop will focus on some Bluegrass basics which, depending on the level of those attending, will be developed for use in intermediate and also advanced playing.

Dobro (Saturday 1.45pm): 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.

Fiddle (Saturday 10am): 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’.

Bass (Saturday 10am): 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.

Bluegrass & Beyond – Mandolin (Saturday 11.15am)Chris Pritchett.  Chris is an experienced teacher of mandolin as well as an extraordinarily talented builder of wonderful mandolins.  His 2017 workshop was packed out and proved to be a resounding success.

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 also the winners of the Crossover Competition for a main stage slot next year. she is an experienced harmony workshop leader, as those who attended her workshop at Sore Fingers ( last October will undoubtedly testify…

Swing Guitar (Saturday 1.45am): 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.

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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