Banish the January blues and drive the cold winter away with Brian Peters, Martin Graebe and Shan Graebe, who will lead you in a weekend of song and seasonal celebrations. You’ll get a chance to learn wintry songs and drinking songs, discover Wassailing and Plough Monday customs, and have a go at a mummer’s play. Shan will be offering her popular classes on using your voice, and Martin will be your guide to the Halsway Manor Library if you feel like digging out new material – or you could blow away the cobwebs with a frosty morning walk. Brian, Martin and Shan will perform in concert on the Saturday evening (click here for more info), and there will be plenty of chances for you to sing, especially around the roaring fire in the Halsway bar!
Who’s it For?
Singers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Bring accompanying instruments if you wish.
Brian Peters is a highly respected singer with a passion for English traditional song, and is well-known internationally for his interpretation of traditional ‘Child’ ballads and his well-researched repertoire. Brian’s teaching and workshop experience runs from the Newcastle Folk Degree course to Appalachian Mountain summer schools, and he’s also a great anglo-concertina, melodeon and guitar player.
Martin and Shan Graebe sing traditional songs, mostly unaccompanied and in exquisite harmony. Martin is also a researcher and expert on traditional song in the South-West, and was a friend of Peter Kennedy, whose books and recordings are now held at Halsway Manor. Shan Graebe is a qualified speech and language therapist who runs voice and performance workshops for singers of folk song.