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Sartin Family Song Weekend

Friday 26 May 4pm — Sunday 28 May 4pm, 2023

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Pricing

Our energy costs have trebled so we are having to apply a temporary £5 fuel levy on bookings. We hope you understand as we want Halsway to keep running long into the future.

Full board per person (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • £285– single ensuite room
  • £245– sharing an ensuite room
  • £245– single non-ensuite room
  • £195– sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £185

Non Resident (tuition, activities, all meals except breakfast):

  • £175

Bonny Sartin (Yetties) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Faustus) team up for the first time, to present a weekend of songs from the Sartin family archives.

It’s more than 350 years since the first Sartins arrived in Dorset, with a strong maternal heritage steeped in folk song. Paul and Bonny will be giving talks about their ancestors and their influence on the British Folk Scene – many folk songs familiar to folk clubs will have their roots with Marina Russell (nee Sartin), her collections and members of the Sartin family.

Bonny has a long history with Halsway Manor and will enlighten us on the history of Halsway Manor in its role as the National Centre for Folk Arts.

Paul will lead choir workshops so there will be plenty of opportunity to raise our voices and sing together.

Paul and Bonny will give a concert performance on Saturday night.

Plus, there will be ample time to go for walks and discover the beauty of the Quantocks and surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!

 

Who’s it For?

Singers of all levels of experience are welcome. You do not need to be able to read music.

 

The Team

The weekend will be led by Paul Sartin and Bonny Sartin with support from Host Meg Rose.

Bonny Sartin needs little introduction. Both a singer and writer fronting influential folk heros The Yetties folk band. He has a long running connection with Halway Manor having been a visitor since it opened and an organiser of dozens of weekend he was for seven years, president of Halsway Manor Society.

Paul Sartin is a singer, oboist, fiddler, member of Belshazzar’s Feast, Faustus (Preis der Deustchen Schallplattenkritik 2017) and the late BBC award-winning Bellowhead. He was a Choral Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, then subsequently a Lay Clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and preferred Bass Deputy in Winchester Cathedral Choir. Paul directs the Andover Museum Loft Singers, and arranged Community Choirs Folk (Faber Music).  A BASCA-nominated composer, recent commissions include work for the BBC, RSC, Aldeburgh Music, and the Southbank. He arranged and MD’d The Transports (Guardian *****), and Anthony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and Cymbeline for Central School of Speech and Drama. He is a recipient of a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

 

Meg Rose is from a  family of keen folk dancers, and grew up going to Bill Rutter’s Folk Camps and Sidmouth Festival in the early years. She even worked at Halsway Manor in school and college holidays! Discovering folk song in her teens, Meg attended regular events at Halsway, including the South West Folk Club Federation meetings as a member of Yeovil Folk Song Club, meeting one Bill Crawford along with many other fine singers! Since then, her interest and love of folk songs together with an enthusiasm for singing in company has never ceased.

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