Exploring, performing, sharing, creating, finding, writing, discussing – it’s all about folk song, and it’s all in good company! Tom & Barbara Brown invite you to join them again to share a weekend of song in the relaxing surroundings of Halsway Manor. In addition to regular guests Bonny & Cynthia Sartin, they are joined by guest singers cum workshop leaders John Kirkpatrick and Benny Graham.
The course ends with a twilight concert by the course leaders at 5.30pm on Sunday, included in the course fee. If you wish there’s also the option to stay on for a Sunday evening Survivors’ Session, supper and B&B.
Click here to download the programme for the weekend.
Who’s it For?
This weekend is for singers of all ages (teenagers to pensioners) and abilities, and you’re welcome to bring accompanying instruments if you wish.
“Camaraderie, support, inclusive, non-judgemental, helpful. The attendees and the tutors were wonderful people all intent on getting the most from the weekend.” Participant
Benny Graham: Well-known as a singer, musician and actor in his native North East, Benny’s fame is now spreading far and wide, in particular through the trio Pegleg Ferret, and in ‘The Pitmen Poets’ show with Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox and Jez Lowe. Almost 25 years ago, he set up the Tyneside Maritime Chorus, which welcomes anyone to join it, regardless of ability or experience, and he gets a wonderful sound from them.
Bonny & Cynthia Sartin: Cynthia is in charge of the library at Halsway, which includes the Peter Kennedy collection which Bonny, of Yetties fame, has cataloged. Cynthia and Bonny know this library inside out!
John Kirkpatrick: Needing no introduction to anyone interested in folk music, amongst his many talents John is an exceptional songwriter, both serious – ‘Dust to Dust’ or ‘Old King Coal’ – and hilarious -‘Eddie Baker’ or ‘Carolling & Crumpets’ – or just plain clever! This is your chance to learn from a master of his craft.
“Kirkpatrick’s buoyant presence and lust for this music sounds more rampant than ever” fRoots
Tom & Barbara Brown: Grounded in the living tradition of singing in the West Country, these two have a long history of encouraging and enthusing amateur and new performers to share songs and singing, and creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in which to do it.