North Devon duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll share a love of traditional English fiddle music and also compose their own tunes. We are delighted to be welcoming Paul Sartin (Belshazzar’s Feast, Faustus, Bellowhead) to join them as our guest tutor for 2019!
Workshops include technique, expression and repertoire (using our extensive folk library) and there will be plenty of time to play together and receive some individual help. This is an intensive weekend of workshops for fiddle players of all ages who can play folk dance tunes up to tempo either from the music provided, or by ear. Some music will be supplied in advance. Other tunes will be chosen at the event in response to participants’ requests – a Saturday afternoon ‘Open Space’ session offers a chance for workshops on areas requested by course participants, and for individual tuition.
On Saturday evening there’s a chance to watch the tutors in action in a public performance at 8pm. Course ends around 5pm Sunday.
Who’s it For?
An intensive weekend for fiddle players of all ages and abilities – with the exception of complete beginners. You’ll need a basic grasp of your instrument and to be able to play either from the music provided or to pick up tunes quickly by ear.
Paul Sartin: A singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger, Paul was member of multi-award winning Bellowhead; and continues to work in BBC Folk Award-nominated ensembles Belshazzar’s Feast, and Faustus, recipients of the German Critics Award.
Paul is Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers, and has 25 years’ experience of teaching, as a peripatetic, at university level, and as workshop and course facilitator for TAPS, Halsway Manor, Aldeburgh Music, EFDSS, Stones Barn, the National Youth Orchestra, and at numerous festivals.
Co-editor of ‘Hampshire Dance Tunes’ (Hobgoblin), he has a particular interest in dance melodies of the south, and in fiddle-singing.
He was awarded a First for his Masters in Traditional Music, and in 2007 received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.