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A Box of Delights

Monday 15 Apr 4pm — Friday 19 Apr 10am, 2019

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • £350 – single ensuite room
  • £319 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £319 – single non-ensuite room
  • £288 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping (including indoor camping) per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £212

Non Resident (tuition, activities, meals except breakfast):

  • £197

Celebrate the Springtime this Easter with Jeannie & Sue Harris, Laurel Swift & Gareth Kiddier in a fun-packed week of seasonal folk activities!

Join our ‘Box of Delights’ team for a sociable week packed with opportunities to enjoy and explore some of the more unusual folk traditions and Springtime customs – anyone for Sun Dancing and Holly Bussing?! Early morning singing, traditional tunes and dances (and creating props for them), songs and shadow puppetry, invigorating walks on the Quantock Hills by day and dancing your socks off by night!

An energetic, fun and inspiring week that will culminate in a light-hearted performance at the end of the course.

“A fascinating week, I learnt so much – but most of all I had FUN with a really lovely, welcoming bunch of people and great tutors too.” 2018 Participant

Who’s it For?

It’s for everyone! Musicians (any instrument), singers and dancers of all levels of experience including complete beginners. If you are keen to learn more about the English folk tradition, and would like to enjoy working with like-minded people in creating a unique performance, then this is for you. The week includes guided walks of the Quantocks to see the spring flowers blooming and hear the birds singing so be sure to pack your walking boots (and waterproofs!) along with your instruments and dancing shoes!

The Team

Sue Harris is a Hammered dulcimer player, choir leader and folk artist. She has played with numerous folk acts, worked extensively in theatre, and written music for a number of radio plays. She arranges traditional tunes and composes pieces for her community band – Bandamania, and also for her choirs around the Welsh Borders. Sue plays in Polkaworks and in the English Dulcimer Duo.

Jeannie Harris plays the one-row melodeon, is a qualified music therapist and has done extensive teaching work in special needs education. She was also a pivotal member of 70’s group ‘Magic Lantern’ and founder member of the original ‘Old Hat Band’ and has been involved in folk music singing, playing and performing for most of her adult life.

Gareth Kiddier is well known to Halsway regulars, especially as one half of the English Contra Dance Band. He has been playing on the folk dance scene for over 15 years in bands including The Bismarcks, The Watch and PolkaWorks, and also calls and dances Morris.

Laurel Swift is a fiddle, viola, and double bass player, dancer and inspiring instigator of creative new projects and performances rooted in the folk arts. She plays in a dynamic fiddle-singing duo with Ben Moss; high-energy contemporary folk group Gadarene; ceilidh band The Gloworms, and choreographs national touring dance productions for Morris Offspring.