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Melodeon Workshop: Archie Churchill-Moss

Saturday 31 Oct 10am–4pm, 2020

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£35 / £42 with lunch

Archie is one of the UK’s finest young box players, having rapidly made a name for himself on the folk circuit with Moore, Moss, Rutter (BBC Young Folk Award winners in 2011), Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys and False Lights. His extensive teaching experience includes tutoring for Halsway Young Folk, National Youth Folk Ensemble and Leeds College of Music, and we’re delighted to invite him to run a day of small group workshops at Halsway.

  • Beginner/Improvers workshop: 10:00-12:30 In the morning Archie will focus on the bellows; how to shape notes and control the sound from your melodeon. This workshop will help players discover the variety of sounds that can be created from the melodeon.
  • Intermediate workshop: 13:30-16:00 In the afternoon Archie will talk about the use of ornamentation – how, why and where you would use it when playing a tune. This workshop will look to develop a more dynamic ‘toolkit’ for the player.

There is no advance music for these workshops. Archie will, rather appropriately, be teaching tunes from the William Winter manuscript which is held in Halsway’s archive, as the basis for these classes. Students are also welcome to bring along any tunes that they are struggling with; if there’s time Archie will workshop any problems.

Who’s it For?

Players of DG melodeon, from beginner through to Intermediate level.

Archie’s Beginners / Improvers class is for levels 1 and 2 – click here for guidelines.

Archie’s Intermediate class is aimed at levels 3 & 4 – click here for guidelines.

The Tutor

Archie Churchill-MossWidely 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 most recent Album ‘Spectres’ by duo Tom Moore & Archie Moss launched in Oct 2020 through Slow Worm Records.

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.