The course has been cancelled.
Bill (ably supported by Penny Rigby) is back for another year to host a weekend of traditional song for experienced singers (non-singing partners welcome)! After 6 very successful events organising and co-hosting this weekend with Bill, Meg Rose has decided to step down. Bill will be joined in 2020 by new co-host Rosie Upton with Pete MacGregor making the fourth member of the team. We welcome both new team members to this traditional singers weekend.
Join them, and friends old and new, for a weekend of singing, presentations and fun events. Bill & Rosie will be joined by Guests Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman and Arthur Knevett (tbc).
Bring your voices, instruments and walking boots for an optional circuit of the ‘Halsway Loop’ to blow away the cobwebs! A weekend of sharing memories, songs, and having a wonderful time revisiting those good old days!
“It was a wonderful weekend. The house itself feels like a warm welcome. The staff are friendly and efficient. A relaxed weekend with others who share my interests is just the best.” 2017 Participant
Optional Sunday night survivors’ session, with supper B&B available, £40 per person.
Who’s it For?
Experienced singers of all ages who don’t need to read the words (non-singing partners are welcome). Bring your songs and experiences to share, and have a wonderful time celebrating traditional song with like-minded people in the lovely setting of Halsway Manor.
Bill Crawford was in a folk club the night Kennedy was assassinated – and on a great many more nights too! An Exeter Folk Club stalwart from the early days, Bill has run clubs and sessions in the Home Counties and across the South West, and he’s a regular MC and performer at Chippenham Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Week and Dartmoor festival. A fine solo singer with a broad repertoire, Bill was also a member of accapella group The Claque until they disbanded in 2017.
Penny Rigby, from Bristol, began visiting folk clubs in London during the 1970’s but it wasn’t until around 1990 that she became actively involved in folk festivals. She comes from a musical family, sang in the Bristol Choral Society and a community choir but has no wish to sing alone. She is also an experienced dancer, recently developing her contra dancing skills. Penny also has considerable administrative experience and was a treasurer of the Pennymoor singaround.
Rosie Upton, who has been based in the west country for more than 45 years began singing in Derbyshire whilst still at school and has developed an individual style based on English, Scots and Irish traditional songs and ballads with an entertaining presentation. Her Rich voice is particularly well suited to the occasional blues.
Pete MacGregor, originally from Scotland but based in Bath for most of his life, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose distinctive voice is accompanied by sensitive guitar arrangements. His own lyrical compositions are written in a traditional style and combine strong melodies with memorable choruses, matched by original reworking of traditional songs and ballads.