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The Maniac

Monday 31 Oct 4pm — Friday 4 Nov 4pm, 2022

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

  • £380– single ensuite room
  • £350– sharing an ensuite room
  • £350– single non-ensuite room
  • £315 – sharing non-ensuite room

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

  • £230

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

  • £216

(and other 18th century tunes)

Do you ever buy a tune book hoping to add your repertoire with some lesser known but excellent tunes only to experience disappointment? This was certainly Paul Hutchinson’s experience until three very rare books came into his possession, packed with musical gems…

The discovery has led to a new tunebook and CD, plus this extended workshop opportunity to share Paul’s discovery and delve into the 60 tunes contained in these books: ‘12 Fashionable Country Dances for the Year 1800’, ‘24 Country Dances for the Year 1796’ and ‘Cahusac’s Annual Collection of 24 Favourite Country Dances for the Year 1800’.  Paul will share a variety of great tunes – of which ‘The Maniac’ is a re-current favourite.

If you would like to learn some new material for country dances this week long course will be a lovely opportunity to do so. If you’ve been to one of  Paul’s earlier  ‘Maniac’ Weeks be assured you’ll be looking at different material this time!

Who’s it For?

This course is for players of all instruments and will be aimed at intermediate level and above so you will need to be able to read music.

The Tutor

Paul Hutchinson studied piano and church organ before being persuaded at the age of 17 to take up the accordion and form a ceilidh band. Since then he’s become one of the best-known and in demand players on the folk scene – in the UK and beyond – as one half of duo Belshazzar’s Feast, with trio Hoover the Dog, Pagoda Project (with Karen Wimhurst), and PLF. Paul is a regular tutor and musician at Halsway Manor, and the accordion tutor for EFDSS at Cecil Sharp House.