This annual week-long music residential for young musicians and singers is designed as an intensive but fun introduction to our folk traditions.
You will operate as a company: taking warm-ups together, developing technique in music and performance, learning repertoire, and creating new interpretations of traditional material. There will also be down-time to socialise and enjoy being part of an exciting new company of performers! At the end of the week you’ll have the chance to perform what you’ve learned to an invited audience where family and friends are welcome.
We are delighted to announce that Becki Driscoll will be Lead Artist across our Halsway Young Folk courses in 2021, supported by a team of experienced folk artists and educators; we’ll be announcing tutor details shortly.
HYF Junior is a great way for younger children (8-12) to have fun with folk music;
HYF Intermediate (12-18) includes performance opportunities at Sidmouth FolkWeek;
HYF Advanced (16+) is an opportunity for musicians and singers considering folk as a higher education or career option to work in greater depth.
Who’s It For?
This course is designed as an introduction to folk for young people aged 12-16 (ie secondary school age). Prior experience – as either a singer or musician – is essential, but it’s OK if you’re new to folk. It’s intensive and hard work at times, but we guarantee you’ll have fun too and make new friends. And if you’re hooked on folk, you can come to our Summer ‘Intermediate’ Young Halsway Week which culminates in performances at Sidmouth Folk Week!
Here are a few videos from last year’s event, to give you a taste of what to expect!
How to Apply
Each place costs £195 to include full board (accommodation and all meals), tuition and all activities. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis.
Contact us for an application form, or download an application form here. Please return your completed application form with a deposit of £60 to secure your place. The balance of £135 is due six weeks before the course.
We do all we can to offer bursary places to young people with exceptional talent or for whom the opportunity would be especially beneficial, but whose financial circumstances would otherwise exclude them from the programme. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if this is something you would like to discuss.
Becki 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.
Becki leads educational projects and workshops for festivals and specialist courses, ranging from beginners fiddle sessions, to mixed-instrument folk orchestras for all ages. She leads the prestigious English Fiddle Weekend at Halsway (together with Nick Wyke), and is an Associate Artist for Wren trust for whom she has led numerous community music projects including the Folk Orchestra of North Devon, the Fiddle Orchestra of Devon, regular music groups with children and young people, and a specialist early years project she developed with Bideford Bay Children’s Centre.
“folk music at its best” – The Living Tradition
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
Kerrie is a community artist, youth theatre director and project manager with a background in Social Work, specializing in Youth, Education and Children’s Residential care.
Working extensively with schools, community groups and a range of support services Kerrie has delivered countless projects from small theatre performances to large scale outdoor events. She strives to be part of creating fresh, innovative, thought provoking and exciting work that can motivate, inspire, and engage participants and audiences. At Halsway she’ll be leading fun team-building and confidence-boosting games and creative activities to complement the musical tuition, whilst making sure each young person feels included and supported during their stay.
Widely regarded as one of the best players of English traditional folk, Archie has worked as a session musician for some of the UK’s top folk acts (Cara Dillon, Eliza Carthy, Blair Dunlop), as well as performing with the trio, ‘Moore, Moss, Rutter’ – The outfit which saw him receive the coveted BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2011.
The past two years have seen Archie tour extensively across Western Europe and perform at some of Europe’s top music festivals, including headline slots at ‘Colours of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Tønder festival (Denmark), Cropredy Convention (UK) and Cambridge folk festival (UK).
With a contemporary approach to composition and arrangement Archie has developed a style of playing that draws as much influence from the tradition as it does modern popular music. He is currently seen to perform with: ‘Tom Moore & Archie Moss’, ‘Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys’ and ‘False Lights’.
His engaging teaching style comes from a wealth of experience in his position as senior lecturer in ‘Folk Music’ at Leeds College of Music and teaching on the National Youth Folk Ensemble.
Jamie Francis is a Bristol based banjo player, guitarist and songwriter. He attended the Brighton Institute of Modern Music where he received a 1st Class BA Hons in Music Performance. At University he met his long time musical collaborator Sam Kelly, whose band Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys has won a BBC Folk Award and seen Jamie play all over the world. As well as the international gigging, Jamie has played live sessions on BBC Radio 2 and 3, played in Seth Lakeman’s band, and supported numerous folk legends such as Cara Dillon and Sean Lakeman & Kathryn Roberts.
Jamie spent several years as a private guitar and banjo teacher, so is used to explaining and breaking down musical concepts. He is also endorsed by Deering banjos, and has written several instructional articles for their website.