North Devon duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll and the North East’s Tom McConville (BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year) share a love of traditional English fiddle music and also compose their own tunes.
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. You can also stay for an early evening concert with Dipper Malkin (tickets £10 / £5) and/or supper and B&B (£30 per person).
Click here to download the schedule for the weekend.
Click here to download the tunes!
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.
“I so admire Tom McConville’s music. He has given 40 years of dedication and passion to the folk scene and everybody loves him!” Vin Garbutt
Born and brought up on Tyneside in the North East of England, Tom McConville is one of the leading fiddle players of our time, with his own unique, instantly recognizable sound. A virtuoso musician – and fantastic singer – his interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs is greatly admired by musicians and singers the world over. Playing the fiddle is his lifelong passion and he delights in sharing his experience and enthusiasm in workshops.
“One of the greatest violinists I’ve ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music – A true master” Seth Lakeman