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Spring Fiddle Weekend

Friday 9 Jun 4pm — Sunday 11 Jun 4pm, 2023

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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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

We are delighted to be welcoming Vivien Zeller, an extraordinarily talented musician and teacher from Germany, alongside Sam Sweeney, one third of the trio Leveret to lead a weekend dedicated to developing your fiddle playing.

If you are a beginner Becki Driscoll will be your guide in this weekend.

Workshops include technique, expression and repertoire (using our extensive folk library) and there will be plenty of time to play together and receive some individual help. This is an intensive weekend of workshops for fiddle players of all ages who can play folk dance tunes up to tempo either from the music provided, or by ear. Some music will be supplied in advance. Other tunes will be chosen at the event in response to participants’ requests – a Saturday afternoon ‘Open Space’ session offers a chance for workshops on areas requested by course participants, and for individual tuition.

Who’s it For?

An intensive weekend for fiddle players of all ages and abilities – with the exception of complete beginners. You’ll need a basic grasp of your instrument and to be able to play either from the music provided or to pick up tunes quickly by ear.

The Team

Fiddler Sam Sweeney was voted ‘Musician of the Year’ at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards thanks to his work in Bellowhead. He was the inaugural Artistic Director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble. A founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and is a superb instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music. Sam has also recorded and performed with The Full English, Eliza Carthy, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party, Emily Portman, Martin Carthy, as well as his own critically acclaimed show Made In The Great War.

 

Vivien Zeller plays traditional dance music – folk – and also teaches and leads the appropriate dances! Vivien teaches regularly in Berlin and offers weekend courses on folk-relevant topics such as dance grooves, inventing voices, improvisation, accompaniment, arranging, etc. Vivien plays and sings concerts and Bals all over Europe with her various bands or solo.

 

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