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Techniques of Folk Production Songwriting Course

Using the tools of folk creation - with Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson
Ebenezer Hall, Okehampton, EX20 1AR

This will run over three Sunday afternoons, 2.00pm to 4.30pm starting on the 25th November.

The cost of the course is £60.00
For more information go to website or email

Mellstock Country Christmas at Halsway Manor
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
Saturday 15 December 2018 2.00 - 10.00pm
Musicians & singers are invited to join The Mellstock Band in an energetic and fun workshop to explore the carols and songs from the old West Gallery bands. These are songs for all musicians and singers, everyone, wherever convivial and warm-hearted music is appreciated. The workshop is followed by a gig open to all in the evening.
For more information go to website

Token Women Folk Workshop
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
Friday 18 January – Sunday 20 January 2018
A fun and funky folk weekend of tunes and dances to leave you sockless! Join an unbeatable line-up of Jo Freya, Alice Kinlock, Heather Horsley, Jo May, Linda Game and Fi Fraser. Token Women are an unrivalled ceilidh band join them for a practical workshop for musicians. Plus ceilidh open to all on Satuday night.
For more information go to website

Bagpipe Weekend
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
Friday 8 – Sunday 10 February 2019

If you have every thought of learning the bagpipes, or giving it a try, this weekend is your chance. Dave Faulkner  will lead an introductory course for beginners with equipment to borrow for the weekend. For intermediate/ Advanced players (G pipes only) Olle Geris will teach. This Bagpipe Weekend runs alongside Halsway’s Hurdy Gurdy Weekend so expect a fun and frenetic weekend of reeds and drones.
For more information go to website

Faustus Page to Performance workshop
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
Monday 4 – Friday 8 February 2019
Faustus (Saul Rose, Paul Sartin, Benji Kirkpatrick) lead this course for musicians and singers (intermediate level and above) to explore how to source and arrange material using the Halsway collection. Practical workshops and formal guidance will be combined with fun and social sessions.
For more information go to website

Lady Maisery Creative Singing Week
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
Monday 11 – Friday 15 February 2019

New creative course for intermediate to advanced singers with innovative trio Lady Maisery. Traditional and contemporary folk song will be the starting point to explore the songs we sing, how to make them more meaningful and what stimulates our musical journey. We will learn inspiring folk songs by ear, explore our voices through vocal and breath work, creatively write and improvise with others, using the archives/library texts at Halsway. A chance to perform and share songs in a supportive environment.
For more information go to website

Melodeon Workshop Anne Niepold and Riccardo Tesi
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
Monday 14 – Friday 18 October 2019
Two of Europe’s greatest exponents of the diatonic button accordion will by teaching a week long course at Halsway Manor for advanced and advanced-intermediate players. It’s an intensive skills-based course discovering new ways to interpret and play, and to make the music your own. A rare opportunity to spend a week with two of the best in their field. Places are limited so book early.
For more information go to website

Melodeon Building Course
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
Friday 25 October – Friday 1 November 2019

Emmanuel Pariselle is one of Europe’s finest instrument makers and his courses will guide novice makers through the steps to build your own one-row melodeon. During the course you’ll  build a one row in American black walnut to reflect your individual preferences. Places are limited to 10 and sell-out well in advance so please do book early.
For more information go to website

Tunelink is a community project that provides opportunities for engagement with traditional music and dance in the South Hams.
Led by local musicians Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham, these workshops will focus on practical learning through playing and participation. There will also be occasional visits from guest artists, and content will be a mix of instrumental music, song and dance repertoire from a range of traditions, including but by no means limited to Irish, Scandinavian, Breton, Cornish or Old-time.
Participants will require some existing ability on their own instrument (acoustic only), and a willingness to dance. Sessions are based on traditional aural teaching methods, so a willingness to learn and play by ear is also necessary.
We encourage musicians passing through the area to attend the sessions, and welcome new participants joining the group at any stage of the term. Sessions are open to all ages, though under 16’s must be accompanied by a participating, responsible adult.
Tutors are also available to give one to one lessons. Please get in touch with any enquiries.For more information email or go to FaceBook page


Irish Set Dancing in Exeter
Consisting of jigs, slides, polkas and reels Irish set dancing is a fun, vibrant and fresh style of dancing. With four couples in a set of eight dancers it is lively, energetic, and great fun.

 Each set is made up of a number of figures, usually between 3 – 6 figures for each set and will take anywhere from 5 minutes to 20 minutes to complete a full set.

Irish set dancing has been running in Newton Abbot for many years and now this popular, social dance will be happening in Exeter on a regular basis at St Thomas Church Hall, Church Road, Exeter EX4 1AP. No experience or partner required, all dances will be taught and called throughout.

Friday evenings: May 18th, June 15th, July 20th - 7.45pm to 10.00pm. £5.00 on the door 

For further information, contact John on 07903 125606 or email 

American Square Dance Classes
Newton Poppleford American Square Dance class Basic and Mainstream levels.
We teach basic and mainstream levels every Thursday afternoon from 2.00pm - 4.00pm (except August) at the Village Hall, Station Road, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth EX10 0ER.
Newton Poppleford American Square Dance class Plus level.
We teach Plus level every Friday morning from 10.00am - 12.00 noon (except August) at the Village Hall, Station Road, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth EX10 0ER.
Please contact Jean Stickland telephone 01395 568155 or Janet Bulpin telephone 01297 33019 if you are interested in joining us.

JS Arts Workshops

JS Arts Workshops

Here is a view of the courses we will be running in 2018. Pre-bookings have been healthy for next year so please let us know if you have an interest. Even if the course is fully booked we do take names for reserve lists.

Tutor for all courses - Stewart Hardy

7-9 September 2018 Fiddle 2 Places remaining
19-21 October 2018 Mixed Instrument Fully booked
9-11 November 2018 Fiddle 1 place remaining

Courses run from 1.00pm on Friday till 5.00 Sunday. 
2 workshops Friday      (total 3 Hours)
4 workshops Saturday  (total 6 Hours)
4 workshops Sunday     (total 6 Hours)
Informal evening session Friday and Saturday evening

The cost per weekend is £325 which includes tuition, accommodation & all meals, snacks etc.  A deposit of £60 is required to reserve a place.  The remainder of the fee is due 4 weeks before the start of the course.

Our courses are fully residential, which means that once you have paid your fee, you have no need to worry about forking out extra for B&B or meals. All meals, teas, coffees, snacks and fresh fruit are provided in the cost. Special diets are catered for provided due notice has been given.All bedrooms are en-suite, towels are provided.

The tutor provides both the dots and MP3s of what they intend to use for his teaching, this is usually sent at least a week in advance, sometimes earlier. The tunes never have to be learnt but we do like people to listen to and be familiar with the tunes as it is through listening that the aural tradition is passed on.

We only take 9 students per course, as this number allows the tutor to best meet the students needs, in this type of workshop. The level of skills can be fairly wide from lower intermediate to quite advanced, there is something for everyone. If you are unsure then just give Jo a ring and she will help. The courses cannot cater fairly to absolute beginners.

For more information email or telephone 07713760266

Historical Dance Classes Lively historical dance, Playford and other periods, in Barrington Court (National Trust), near Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0NQ. Usually 2nd & 3rd Sundays, 1-4 pm. £5 donation requested, free entry to NT property.

Details from Ann Hinchliffe, telephone 01935 472771 or email

Worth coming along even once for the experience of dancing on a sprung oak floor in a Tudor Great Hall!

Irish Dance - North Devon
I have been Irish dancing for 12 years and reached advanced level. I have performed in numerous shows and public demonstrations. I have recently moved to this area from East Anglia, where I ran and managed my own dance school, and so I'm very keen to continue my passion for Irish dance here in the north Devon area, by either offering lessons or getting involved in some groups or doing some demonstrations/displays. If you would like any further details please don't hesitate to contact me - telephone 07977698939, or email.

Bodhraphonics Celtic drumming for all
We run Bodhran and drumming workshops for groups, clubs, schools, social events and festivals, where people can learn to play a Bodhran or hand drum, and play along to live Celtic and English folk music.
Workshops are lively, informative and good fun. We specialise in group workshops, clubs and working with people with learning or social disabilities. Drums, live music and PA provided. CRB checked, good rates.
For more information, please contact Bruce 07770 567639. Newton Abbot based, and can travel. See also Bodhran Tuition