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Halsway Manor Folk Summer School

Tuesday 30 Aug 10am — Friday 2 Sep 10am, 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):

  • £320 – single ensuite room
  • £290 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £290 – single non-ensuite room
  • £240 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £210

Non Resident (all meals except breakfast, and activities:

  • £195

This is the fourth year of our folk music, dance and song summer school – for all ages and abilities – led by a crack team of tutors who have detailed knowledge and extensive experience of a wide spectrum of folk music. There will be groups for dance (Kerry), song (Carolyn), fiddle (Stewart), accordion (Paul), guitar (Kevin) and mixed-instrument (Jo), but the programme will be fluid enough for you to move from group to group should you wish. The week leads towards a full-group piece, allowing you to learn about how to structure a performance, work together, use all levels of skills – and create something that’s amazing!

“Friendly and welcoming group of people, plenty of laughs, energetic dancing and really enjoyable sessions in the bar afterwards!” Participant

Who’s it For?

Singers, dancers and musicians (all instruments – we have dedicated fiddle, guitar and accordion tutors, and also a mixed-instrument band led by Jo) of all ages and levels of experience; there’s something for everyone! You’ll need to be able to read music if you wish to join the accordion group, but otherwise learning by ear is fine.


Click here to download a Pdf of the draft programme.


We have a fantastic team of tutors who work well together to give you the best possible experience in a mutually supportive atmosphere.

Kevin Dempsey
has music in his soul. His multi-facetted career is testament to his talent as a guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer. His uniquely wide range of professional experience in both the UK and the USA provides the bedrock for his unique range of skills. Kev is not only a talented solo performer but also an ensemble player of outstanding ability. He is sought out by many other musicians who enjoy not only his company but also know that his craftsmanship will always seek the most sensitive chord, the perfect arrangement, the ultimate lyrical sound or sheer driving rhythm, all to blend seamlessly into great pieces of music.

Kerry Fletcher is a traditional dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher of many styles who works as a community folk dance artist specialising in English, European and American dance, both percussive and social. Kerry is Co-Artistic Director of Folk Dance Remixed and is passionate about both traditional dance and making folk dance relevant to today’s society. She encourages those new to folk dance to share her enthusiasm and creates new performance work inspired by the tradition.

Jo Freya has been singing and playing traditional folk music since her childhood. As well as being a highly effective  workshop leader and teacher in music, dance, voice and composition she is also a charismatic performer with many high profile folk artists including Blowzabella and Coope, Simpson, Fraser, Freya, Boyes in their work with author Michael Morpurgo.

Stewart Hardy is an internationally-acclaimed performer, composer and teacher with numerous recordings and broadcast credits to his name. Based in the North East of England, his love for the traditional music of Northumberland and Scotland shines through his repertoire and influences his own compositions. Stewart’s teaching is diverse, and has covered many projects from international workshops to the Newcastle University folk degree course. He spent six years as an influential member of the very popular John Wright Band and has toured throughout the world playing traditional folk, pop, rock, jazz, country and western swing music.

Paul Hutchinson studied piano and church organ before being persuaded at the age of 17 to take up the accordion and form a ceilidh band. Since then he’s become one of the best-known and in demand players on the folk scene – in the UK and beyond – as one half of duo Belshazzar’s Feast, with trio Hoover the Dog, Pagoda (with Karen Wimhurst), and PLF. Paul is a regular tutor and musician at Halsway Manor, and the accordion tutor for EFDSS at Cecil Sharp House.

Carolyn Robson is one of the country’s foremost female singers and a gifted teacher. Her extensive repertoire consists of songs from her native Northumberland and Scotland and further afield. She leads three community choirs in Hampshire and regularly leads workshops.