We’re delighted to welcome Becki Driscoll to lead this new weekend, aimed at helping beginner fiddle players who are getting started on their musical journey. You might have just got your instrument and be raring to go, or maybe you’ve been trying for years without getting very far… this weekend will help you get the basics right, and give you a plan for your continued learning. You’ll learn some simple tunes and exercises to help you develop technique and confidence, with plenty of advice and support from Becki along the way.
You’ll be sharing the manor with another, more established group of fiddle players who will be studying with Tom Kitching; you’ll get a chance to hear all the tutors perform in an informal Saturday night concert.
Who’s it For?
We’re aiming this weekend at fiddle players who already have an instrument, and perhaps a few lessons under their belt, but who lack the confidence and experience to join our existing musicians’ weekends. Beginner violin players from a classical background who are interested in trying some traditional repertoire are very welcome. The course will be taught by ear, so you don’t need to be able to read music, but notation will also be provided.
Becki Driscoll is a musician, singer, composer and educator with many years’ experience. Based in the heart of the West Country she has a deep knowledge on love of our local – and wider – folk traditions.
As a performer Becki is well known for her celebrated musical partnership with Nick Wyke; two of the UK’s finest fiddle-players, together they give a playful and innovative take on English traditional music and song. They first collaborated as a fiddle duo on a busking trip around Spain and Portugal, and in the years since have worked with some of the leading lights of the English folk scene, always pushing the boundaries and developing new and inventive music. The duo’s compositions and interpretations of traditional songs are influenced by a wide range of musical cultures: “We are inspired by the people we meet and the places we’ve been. We like the idea of a global approach to the English tradition.”
“…lovely, inventive playing” – fRoots
Becki leads educational projects and workshops for festivals and specialist courses, ranging from beginners fiddle sessions, to mixed-instrument folk ensembles. She leads the prestigious English Fiddle Weekend at Halsway (together with Nick Wyke), and runs RootNotes, a community music company that provides participatory music workshops for people of all ages in North Devon, including a weekly folk ensemble (featured on BBC Spotlight!) and regular music sessions for young people and families. Becki firmly believes that music is something that anyone can enjoy and everyone can take part in. Music brings people together. The shared experience of playing and singing in a group setting is a wonderful way of building confidence, well-being and friendship.