We are delighted to welcome both Tom Kitching and Rowan Rheingans to Halsway to lead an immersive study weekend aimed at experienced fiddle players who wish to expand on their skills and deepen their personal style. Together you’ll learn new repertoire together, exploring ways to further develop tone, technique, musicality and style.
We’ll be a select group, allowing for individual attention as well as full group and smaller ensemble work. You’ll have time to relax and play in the bar in the evenings, with an informal performance from Tom & Rowan too.
Who’s it For?
This intensive weekend is aimed at more experienced fiddlers who want a challenge, to deepen their understanding and go further upon their musical journey. Participants should come with an open mind, a willingness to try new things, a supportive outlook and a willingness to work alone or in small groups. Tuition will be by ear, though written notation will be available to take away.
Fiddle players from musical backgrounds other than folk who would like to explore traditional music are very welcome.
“There are dozens of folk violinists, but few with the attack, passion, and ingenuity of Tom Kitching. The most beautiful instrumental playing of the year.” – The Sunday Express
Tom Kitching: Fiddle player and author of the book ‘Seasons of Change’, Tom Kitching has worked with numerous singers and bands, including Pilgrims’ Way, Gavin Davenport, Jon Loomes, Gren Bartley, Zoe Mulford, and Albireo. He has tutored at several Summer Schools, and has led numerous workshops around the country. Heavily involved in the dance scene, and veteran of over 1500 gigs, he stands at the leading edge of the English folk scene. His style is English at heart, whilst encompassing elements of many other traditions. It is a unique, vibrant style full of exuberance, energy and wit, yet capable of expressing extraordinary emotional depth.
In March 2015, he released his first solo album, ‘Interloper’, a deeply personal project to capture the state of the English instrumental tradition and define the role of the fiddle within it.
In March 2020, he released ‘Seasons of Change‘ a book and an album capturing a moment in time in the streets of England.
“the pinnacle of her musical journey to date” – Folk Radio UK on new album ‘The Lines we Draw Together’
Rowan Rheingans is an award-winning fiddle player, banjoist, songwriter and theatre-maker widely regarded as one of the foremost innovators in folk music today. Best known for her work with acclaimed bands Lady Maisery, The Rheingans Sisters and Songs of Separation, Rowan has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (‘Best Original Track’ in 2016 & ‘Best Album’ in 2017) and is a six-times nominee. Her duo The Rheingans Sisters were recent nominees for the prestigious ‘Best Duo/Band’ award at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
“When I am working with fiddle players, my aim is to establish their unique playing goals, musical interests and technique curiosities and work with them thematically with material from various fiddle traditions to develop their playing and general musicality. I teach by ear and spend a lot of time working with bowing technique, intonation, rhythm and the internal grooves of tunes (and how to play them), bringing a tune to life and finding solo variations, developing a personal toolkit for improvisation and playfulness within any musical style as well as in the specific styles of folk fiddle music that I’m most experienced in, including Swedish, English and French traditional repertoire.”
Rowan’s debut theatre show ‘Dispatches on the Red Dress’, co-written with Liam Hurley, premiered at this years Edinburgh Fringe and won a Fringe First Award as well as nominations for the Carol Tambor ‘Best of Edinburgh’ Award and the Filipa Braganca Award for Best Emerging Female Artist.