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Acoustic Guitar Weekend

Friday 1 Jul 4pm — Sunday 3 Jul 5pm, 2016

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

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

  • £220 – single ensuite room
  • £195 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £195 – single non-ensuite room
  • £150 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £140

Non Resident (all meals except breakfast, and activities:

  • £130

Hosted by Gavin Davenport (solo, Albion Band, Crucible) with guest tutors Sam Carter (solo, False Lights) Sarah McQuaid (renowned solo performer and author of the Irish DADGAD guitar book) and Tristan Seume (Guitarist columnist, Jackie Oates Band and more) this weekend will be a celebration of the acoustic six string with tons to explore and recharge your creative batteries.

Course options will cover all aspects of playing folk guitar – technique, right and left hand exercises, building dexterity, choosing chords, alternative tunings, melody playing and ornamentation, song accompaniment, strumming patterns and tone production.

“I teach internationally and all over the UK. This is, by far, the best venue, staff and location I’ve ever had the pleasure to teach in / with. A rare gem.” Karen Tweed

There’ll be additional sessions on double course instruments (bouzouki/cittern/mandola), visiting instrument maker Kai Toenjes answering your questions on set-up and solving your guitar issues as well as showcasing his fine hand made instruments and opportunities to jam and perform and much more.

Who’s it For?

Players of all levels are welcome; there will be support to help inexperienced players to get the most from the weekend, plus plenty to stretch and inspire more experienced players. Please note that steel stringed instruments cope better with alternative tunings than nylon stringed instruments! Any questions? Get in touch!

The Team

Sam Carter – Hailed as ‘the finest fingerstyle guitarist of his generation’ Sam has performed on major venue and festival stages throughout the UK and overseas and won the Horizon Award at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. His recent project ‘False Lights’ with Jim Moray has won rave reviews blending traditional material with progressive arrangements.

Sarah McQuaid – Dubbed “guitar queen” by one festival organiser, Sarah is known for her use of DADGAD tuning. She is the author of The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, described by The Irish Times as “a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists”, with a follow-up book on the way. She regularly presents workshops on the DADGAD tuning as well as on songwriting and more.

Tristan Seume is one of the UK’s leading acoustic guitarists. Strongly influenced by folk, jazz and country, he also plays guitar and bouzouki for multiple BBC folk award-winning singer, Jackie Oates. He is a contributor to Guitarist and Guitar Techniques magazines, and lectures at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey as well as at the annual International Guitar Festival in Bath.

Gavin Davenport (host) has been playing an array of stringed instruments (including guitar, cittern, mandola , 5 string and tenor banjo) for over 20 years and has played in acts ranging from The Albion Band and Morris On Band to Hekety and Crucible. His no nonsense, no rules approach maximises outcomes using simple techniques.