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Songwriting Retreat: Reg Meuross with Katie Spencer p

Monday 31 Jan 4pm — Friday 4 Feb 10am, 2022

p Partnership Event

Reg Meuross is delighted to be returning to Halsway to run another songwriting retreat, together with guest singer-songwriter Katie Spencer. Fees include workshops, small group song clinics, full board and accommodation.

As well as running workshops and song clinics throughout the three days Reg and Katie will perform at a live gig on Thursday night (free for retreat participants and ticketed to the public).
This retreat is a wonderful opportunity for songwriters of all levels to forget about the rest of the world and immerse themselves in their writing amongst like-minded people, and well-supported by Reg and his team (Katie Spencer and Reg’s manager Katie Whitehouse). The programme includes group and individual tasks to stretch and challenge, opportunities to collaborate, a chance to play songs to Reg and Katie for feedback (song clinics), song sharing with the group, Q&A sessions, space to write brand new songs, time to relax at the bar, and to enjoy good food and good fun.

Who’s it For?

Songwriters of all levels are welcome, even absolute beginners. The course is tailored around the group.

Reg says: “Halsway is a stunning location for bringing people together in a creative way and I look forward to being back in February.
The words and ideas and thoughts that come from hard work and supportive interaction are uplifting and inspiring. It’s rewarding to help to ease people back into songs where they had perhaps become stuck or blocked in some way, and witness the sense of relief and renewed creativity. It is also hugely great to work with motivated people who have never written a song before and see the joy and satisfaction their first song brings to them and everyone around them.”

What people said at the end of the last retreat:

“Now I know I can do it!”
“I now have the confidence and the motivation to get on with it.”
“This was the kick start I needed to put my ideas into something concrete.”
“I’ve learnt not to complicate things in the early stages of songwriting, and to just write! Thank you for the encouragement and confidence.”
“I’m grateful for not only the excellent inspiring workshop, but the safe and encouraging environment in which I achieved my goal and have written my first ever song.”

The Tutors

Reg Meuross’ reputation as a master storyteller in song has been well earned. From gigging in village halls and folk clubs to playing the Royal Albert Hall and huge festival stages in the UK and abroad, Reg consistently entrances his audiences with songs of life, love and injustice, soulfully delivered with melodic tenor vocals and exemplary guitar playing. He has given lectures and presentations, and mentored students on songwriting at Durham, Bath and Bournmouth Universities. at festivals including Shrewsbury, Beverley, Trowbridge, Ely, Southwell, Weymouth, Towersey; and overseas at West Coast Songwriters in California, Kerrville Folk Festival Texas, and Uncle Calvins Coffee House Series in Texas.

The breadth and depth of Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross’s material is unparalleled in contemporary folk: songs about forgotten heroes, famous names, folk legends, the climate emergency, tales from the kitchen sink and news from the world stage; if something needs to be sung about then Reg Meuross has a song for it.

Reg will be joined by very special guest, singer-songwriter and guitarist from Yorkshire, Katie Spencer who writes songs imbued with the Northern landscapes of her home. Originally from Hull, East Yorkshire, the grainy imagery of the industrial docks and sea-fronts seep into her deeply personal songs of nostalgia, loss and love. The music, and most notably her guitar playing stems from a time when the steel-stringed instrument was truly finding its voice.

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