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Exploring Folklore Weekend - Friday 27 October 4.00pm — Sunday 29 October 4.00pm, 2017 Halsway Manor, National Centre for the Folk Arts Halsway Lane, Nr Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD - Tel: 01984 618274 eMail - visit website for more information.

A diverse weekend for anybody who wants to explore or learn more in the field of folklore – as student, participant or exponent. From calendar customs to black dogs, rites of passage to foodways, folklore to fakelore. With collectors old and new, mummers, hobby horses, and the Folkore Society. Talks, hands-on sessions, films, exhibitions, entertainment, question sessions and discussion.

The weekend features Doc Rowe’s collection including his presentation ‘Blood, Booze and Bedlam’, the world famous Potterne Mummers, Mark Norman on Black Dogs, Tom & Barbara Brown on The Hunting of the Earl of Rone and Caroline Oates offering an introduction to The Folklore Society.


Give Voice! Weekend - Friday 6 October 4.00pm — Sunday 8 October 6:.0pm 2017 Halsway Manor, National Centre for the Folk Arts Halsway Lane, Nr Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD - Tel: 01984 618274 eMail - visit website for more information.

It’s all about folk song, and it’s all in good company! Whether you want a damn good sing in the bar, to hear and share new songs, to improve your voice or to create songs of your own, this is the weekend for you.

Your hosts and leaders for the weekend are Tom and Barbara Brown, life-long exponents of the song tradition, enthusiastic about encouraging performers and the understanding of the folk tradition. They are joined by guest leaders Benny Graham and Paul Wilson for a relaxed weekend of workshops and sing arounds in the cosy surrounding of Halsway Manor.

The course ends with a twilight concert by the course leaders at 5.30pm on Sunday, included in the course fee. There’s also the option to stay on for a Sunday evening Survivors’ Session, supper and B&B if you so wish!

This weekend is for singers of all ages (teenagers to pensioners) and abilities, and you’re welcome to bring accompanying instruments if you wish.


29 July - 26 August 2017 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
Courses covering: Opera and Music Theatre; World Music; Chamber Music; Early Music; Electronic Music and Multimedia; Singing; Advanced Conducting; Folk; Strings; Wind and Brass; Piano and Keyboards; Composition; Talks and Lectures; Dance and Wellbeing; Poetry, History, and Creative Writing.
The Folk courses are concentrated into Week 2 (5-12 August). Go to website
On a typical day you could explore links between nature and folk and create new music (Folk and the Landscape); after the coffee break, sing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe (Folk Choir), challenge artificial categories to create and exchange new music (Folk Baroque), or get specialist tuition from Paul Hutchinson (Accordion Workshop); and following lunch, improve your instrumental skills with Eliza and Martin Carthy (As I Walked Out One Morning).
Folk and the Landscape - Sally Davies and Paul Hutchinson
Two experienced and visionary folk musicians and composers, lead a creative course that explores the connections between folk music and the landscape, using the beautiful grounds of Dartington estate. We will explore the links between nature, traditional and contemporary folk music, creating some of our own music along the way, for performance later in the week.
Folk Choir - Sally Davies
Sally is a singer, instrumentalist, composer and choir leader, with a wide ranging experience of folk and world music. She directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week. There may well be some collaborations with the instrumental folk courses this year!
Accordion Workshop - Paul Hutchinson
The wonderful accordionist tutors at Cecil Sharp House and Folkworks in Durham. Paul’s style of teaching is relaxed and entertaining. He considers the accordion a beautiful and versatile instrument, uses block chords, drones and pedal notes, and is a master of harmony. Paul enjoys developing the potential of a group to deepen and improve their musicianship, and welcomes players at all levels.
Folk Baroque - Andy Watts
A brand new folk course for 2017! Andy Watts is associate Principal bassoon of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and founder of the folk/early music group The Carnival Band, well known for their work with Maddy Prior and currently recording the 100 most popular ballads of the 17th century. Here folk, Baroque and ‘modern’ instrumentalists can explore street ballads and dance music from the 17th and 18th centuries, challenging artificial categories to create and exchange new music. This innovative course is open to all instrumentalists and singers, using notation as well as playing by ear.
As I Walked Out One Morning - Eliza and Martin Carthy
The amazing father-and-daughter duo Martin and Eliza return to Dartington after several years to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to instrumental tuition as well as songs, the class offers the chance for players to study and rehearse traditional tunes and arrangements, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.


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Our courses are generally 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 teas, coffees, snacks and fresh fruit are provided in the cost also. Special diets are catered for provided due notice has been given. All bedrooms are en-suite, towels are provided.

The tutors provide both the dots and MP3s of the music they intend to use for their teaching, this is usually sent at least a week in advance, sometimes earlier. TYou are not expected to learn to play the tunes before you arrive but we do like people to listen to and be familiar with the tunes.

We take an absolute maximum of 10 students per course, as this number allows the tutors 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 are not suitable for beginners.


Courses are generally held at The Archway. 15 Swinegate, Grantham.
The Archway offers friendly accommodation in comfortable and relaxing surroundings, 5 -minutes walk from Grantham's town centre. The Archway is a Grade II listed building dating from the 18th Century and retains many original features. The Archway offers en - suite bedrooms, and is being upgraded with Music in mind. The walled Garden when restored will offer a haven in the heart of the town just a stone's throw from the famous St. Wulfram's Church.
For more information email


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