Now in its fourth year, our popular Halsway Young Folk – Juniors is a great introduction to folk music and song for ages 8 – 12. Led by an experienced creative team – Becki Driscoll, Ford Collier, and Hannah Cumming – this short residential will be filled with fun and imaginative folk activities, using local traditions and customs as inspiration. Children will explore music and song, and create and perform a show for family and friends.
“I’d never done anything like this before, I had lots of fun and I enjoyed making new friends. I liked the food too!” HYF Junior 2018 Participant
Arrive Tuesday at 11:30am; there will be a performance by participants at 11:30am Thursday, followed by farewell picnic in the garden – family and friends welcome.
Who’s it For?
For young musicians aged 8 – 12. Any instrument, and any level of proficiency welcome. The main thing is that you enjoy music, song and dance, and and being creative!
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 your payment.
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
Ford Collier is a Radio 2 Folk Award Nominated multi-instrumentalist, specialising in folk fusion. He plays low whistle, guitar, and percussion, and draws on a wealth of traditional Irish tunes, his 8 years of experience as an accompanist, and knowledge of the rhythmic language of Indian classical music to broaden his roots in UK folk. Ford regularly tours the UK and has played festivals including Glastonbury with his two bands; global folk collective Mishra with Kate Griffin, and electrified-folk duo The Drystones with Alex Garden.
Some of Ford’s first teaching experience came from Halsway Manor, where he participated in courses as a teenager and eventually became a tutor. He has since delivered a series of workshops in primary schools on local folklore in collaboration with Historic England and Halsway Manor, begun work as a peripatetic teacher at schools in Sheffield and taught one-to-one lessons privately.
Ford has been a core tutor on this course since it began three years ago; he has also himself been a participant on Young Halsway courses when he was younger!
Hannah began playing the fiddle at the age of 12, and her love of folk music spiraled as soon as she could play it. She recorded her first folk CD at the tender age of 13 as a duet with her brother Alex, before starting a ceilidh band together with Alex and pals Jon and Penny Dyer; ‘Dyer:Cumming’s’ are still going strong today!
Hannah’s introduction to teaching came through running festival workshops with Dyer:Cumming’s, but her enthusiasm soon expanded beyond the band, to running her own fiddle workshops at Towersey Folk Festival, running festival youth workshops with Shooting Roots, and running a folk group and folk choir while at college.
Hannah currently performs as a solo singer/musician, and with bands Dyer: Cumming’s, and the Klezbians – a 12-piece klezmer band born out of a love of Jewish Gypsy music discovered while studying music at Falmouth University. She has a busy teaching schedule including private violin tuition for adults and children, leading Fiddlin’ Folk children’s folk orchestra and Sherbourne Folk Band, in addition to working within primary and secondary schools.
Hannah just wants to be able to play, share her music, and encourage others to try it for themselves! Hannah is joining us for the first time as a Young Halsway tutor this year – and she’s even more excited than we are!
Other courses on the HYF Programme
HYF – Intro (12-16yrs) is one of 4 courses we run for young people each year at Halsway.
HYF Junior (This course) 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.