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Folk Music & Straw Craft Weekend (cancelled)

Friday 13 Nov 4pm — Monday 16 Nov 10am, 2020

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 (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • £276 – single ensuite room
  • £253– sharing an ensuite room
  • £253– single non-ensuite room
  • £225 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £195

Non Resident (tuition, activities, all meals except breakfast):

  • £185

Due to the November Lockdown this event is cancelled; please contact us for a full refund, or to transfer to another course.

Musicians, led by David Bradley, will enjoy a relaxing weekend exploring a folk music spectrum of different disciplines such as Irish, Scottish, other British and European. It will embrace music for dancing, including morris and ceremonial, for listening or just for the joy of playing. There would be a wide range of rhythms and tempos. It will be for all instruments (subject to government guidelines). Music will be provided and ability to read and play in different keys is desirable.

Straw for All is a weekend of straw craft led by Dorothy Seedhouse.

Do you remember corn dolly making? It was very popular at one time but now you don’t often hear about it. There are still some skilled enthusiasts keeping the traditional alive and enjoying all the different ways you can use natural straw for craft work. Why not come along and try your hand? Plaiting straw to make traditional corndollies or straw hats is easy to learn and can produce stars and Christmas tree decorations too. Marquetry, with natural gold or dyed straw, can produce lovely Christmas cards as well as pictures. Plain boxes or frames can be transformed into truly personalised gifts.

Who’s it For?

Music: Players of any instrument who can read music. If in doubt contact David via the Manor.

Straw craft: Workshops are designed to be fun for both beginners and those with some experience, offering the chance to learn something new and to develop existing skills.

The Team

David Bradley is an experienced musician and band leader in the field of folk dance, folk festivals, folk holidays and barn dancing. His current bands are Narrow Escape and Ad Hoc, having previously run Mixolydians for about 40 years. He has played for many top callers from Pat Shaw to Geoff Cubitt. His main instruments are accordion and piano.

Dorothy Seedhouse was introduced to straw work by Eric Walton at a folk camp nearly 20 years ago. She left at the end of camp with an armful of spare straw and the loan of a textbook. Since then she has explored most aspects of straw work and passes on her love of the craft by teaching and demonstrating. She is co-editor of a magazine – The Corn Dolly Newsletter – and has been the secretary of the Guild of Straw Craftsmen for some years.