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English Fiddle Weekend

Friday 30 Sep 4pm — Sunday 2 Oct 5pm, 2016

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

Course Enquiry

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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

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.

The Team

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll first collaborated on a busking trip around Spain and Portugal. Since then, they have made a strong impact on the British folk scene and received national and international acclaim. The duo’s compositions and their interpretations of traditional English tunes and songs are influenced by a wide range of musical cultures: “We are inspired by the people we meet and the places we’ve been.” Their style is unique; Becki’s melodic, emotive violin and viola blends with Nick’s driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich, captivating sound. As well as performing, Nick & Becki’s work varies from recording symphonic string arrangements for the Angel Brothers to running community group ‘The Folk Orchestra of North Devon’ for Wren Music.

“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