“Leveret is the finest of traditional English folk today: a trio of poise and subtle gesture, of deft layering, graceful swing and gorgeous understatement.” The Guardian
Leveret features three of England’s finest folk musicians – Andy Cutting, Rob Harbron, Sam Sweeney – in an acclaimed collaboration, and we’re delighted to welcome them back to Halsway to lead this musicians’ workshop weekend.
Leveret’s music involves playing together spontaneously without using arrangements. This weekend of workshops for instrumentalists will explore ways of playing together intuitively in ensembles of varying size, as well as discussing repertoire development and composition.
There will also be a chance to see Leveret perform on the Saturday evening.
Who’s it For?
The weekend is open to instrumentalists of various abilities but is not suitable for complete beginners, and will be taught predominantly by ear. The weekend will focus on general music-making skills rather than instrument-specific technique, so you’ll need to have a sufficient grasp of your instrument to get involved.
Fiddler Sam Sweeney was voted ‘Musician of the Year’ at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards thanks to his work in Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band, The Full English and his own Made In The Great War project. He is the inaugural Artistic Director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble.
Melodeon genius Andy Cutting is a three-time winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Musician of the Year’ award, and as well as his new trio with Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr currently performs with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry.
Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014), Emma Reid, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and others.